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About Us

The Abertay Historical Society was founded at a meeting in University College, Dundee on 29 May, 1947 by the Principal, Major-General D.N. Wimberley and History Lecturer, Dr Wainwright. It was formed to encourage the study of local history in Angus, Perthshire and Fife. The Society and the University have maintained close links, many members and office-holders have been University staff and many publications are authored by University post-graduates. We continue to offer a prize annually for the student dissertation which makes the greatest contribution to local history.

The Society's original remit has been implemented through talks and lectures, excursions and annual publications, and with other agencies, we have also lobbied for the preservation of local historical buildings. We were instrumental in the creation of Dundee Heritage Trust and Dundee Civic Trust. The Society also takes part in the Dundee Afternoon Lectures series, which is run jointly by the Dundee Centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Dundee Members' Group of the National Trust for Scotland, the Dundee Naturalists' Society and the Abertay Historical Society.

The Society’s programme of lectures covers topics as diverse as ancient and modern archaeology, social, industrial and political history, gender and recreational history, literature, biography and music. Events have included visits and workshops at museums and archives as well as concerts and book launches.

The Society strongly maintains its interest in promoting research about the Abertay area, so let us know if you've undertaken any local historical research or are considering doing so.

 
 

What's on

Wed, Apr 13th 2016 @ 6:30pm
The Mason's Mark Project
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 9th 2016 @ 6:30pm
‘In rood health’ - Excavations at Perth Whitefriars 2014-15
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 10th 2016 @ 2:15pm
Dundee Afternoon Lecture: ‘Independent and Individualist’ – Art in Dundee 1867-1924
D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 @ 6:30pm
Fashioning an Identity on the Fairways: A history of golfing dress
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 9th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Pioneer and Prophet: The Forgotten History of James Wright Junior, Dundee's First Industrial Designer
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 11th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Patrick Geddes: Cities in Evolution
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Oct 14th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Dundee and the Empire from the 1880s to the 1930s
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Sep 9th 2015 @ 6:30pm
From Rubbings to Lasers: 150 years of documentation and research into the Wemyss Caves carvings
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee