January 22 1875. In the dead of night, thick fog envelops the southern Indian Ocean. With a sickening thud, the Strathmore – built in Dundee and on her maiden voyage – runs aground on rocks on the notorious Crozet Islands.
An insight into the life of Victorian Scotland’s “forgotten” poets published in Dundee has been brought back for a modern audience.
THERE WASN’T much scope for George Lowden when he opened for business in Dundee in the 1840s as an optician and maker of instruments. Scientists elsewhere had been inspired by the presence of a comet and eclipse in the Scottish skies in 1737. But recalling his own early days, Lowden noted: “For a few years I had a hard pull to live, besides having to teach Dundee what scientific instruments were, and how to use even such a simple apparatus as a thermometer.”
It’s not every day you’re in a room with items as diverse as a stuffed walrus with foot-long tusks, a doll’s house from 1928 and an ornate case for an Egyptian mummy.
If you were shocked by recent newspaper headlines like “Never Mind Brexit – Who Won Legs-It” and “Your Money or Your Lives”, then imagine how prim and proper Victorian readers must have reacted to seeing prominent public figures openly lampooned and satirised in Blackwood’s Magazine.
A series of poems written by a Tayside woman commemorating an Angus rail tragedy has been uncovered after more than a century.
Abandoned and at risk of neglect, some of Dundee's most historic buildings have found a new lease of life in recent years. But is there scope for further development as the city reinvents itself? Michael Alexander investigates.
It’s easy to forget what life was like before central heating and wall-to-wall carpets but a new book called Pass It On: Household Tips From The 1950s offers a trip down memory lane combined with more than 1,000 practical household tips, many of which could still come in handy today.
With just days until the opening of the Queensferry Crossing over the Forth, Michael Alexander meets some of those tasked with building the biggest transport project in a generation.
A series of weekly podcasts has been launched by Dundee University as part of its year-long celebrations to commemorate the institution's 50th anniversary – and The Courier will be carrying an article on the topic every Friday. Michael Alexander reports.