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 8th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Some Scottish Oddities
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 11th 2015 @ 6:30pm
A History of Dundee United Football Club: 1909 - present
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 11th 2015 @ 2:15pm
Local heroes? The Kirk and the struggle for hearts and minds in Angus during the Jacobite risings
D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 @ 6:30pm
The Trades and Provisioning
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm
A snapshot of new History research from the University of Dundee
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 12th 2014 @ 6:30pm
A local abbey's attitude to its charters: the cartulary of Lindores in Caprington Castle
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Tue, Oct 21st 2014 @ 6:00pm
“Mad Dundee", 1900-1920: understanding changing attitudes to mental illness
Gannochy Lecture Theatre, Medical School, Ninewells Hospital

Wed, Oct 15th 2014 @ 6:30pm
The Archaeology of World War One
Lecture Theatre 3, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee