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.”
Passchendaele: ‘the whole of the battle area is a veritable quagmire’.
A permanent tribute to the service of Courier Country’s seamen and women during the Great War was unveiled by HRH the Princess Royal during a poignant ceremony in Dundee yesterday.
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.
In his natty red neckerchief and blue jacket, Bernie McConnell looks every inch the jolly Jack Tar as he stows away mooring ropes on the deck of Reaper.
If you’ve been in Dundee lately you’ve probably spotted the blue and white flag proudly flying from the top of DC Thomson’s refurbished Meadowside building. One of the oldest flags in the maritime world, it represents an era of history that began in the 19th Century and is still remembered today.
As International Museum Day approaches on May 18, here are three great places to visit in Dundee
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.
Tucked away down a winding coastal path, in the Fife village of Aberdour, lies Elder Cottage. Home to food writer Wendy Barrie and her Swedish husband Bosse, it’s also the base for the Scottish Food Studio.
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.