The Albert Institute (now the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum) was established in 1867 as the first civic museum and art gallery in Dundee. It was funded entirely through public subscription with 261 subscribers pledging £15,770 in 1863. By February 1865 the number of subscribers had increased to 327 and share capital totalled £21,470. Read more...
This project was set up by the McManus 168 Group (Supporters of The McManus) to mark the 150th anniversary of The McManus and to shed new light on Dundee’s history and heritage by discovering more about the men and women that gave so generously.
From June 2017 to June 2018, the project brought together all the heritage groups in Dundee supported by an expert project planning team with academics, genealogists, archivists, the library service and Leisure and Culture Dundee, project managers and history enthusiasts.
We recruited 30 expert lead researchers and a further 75 novice researchers, ranging in age from 16 to 84 and from right across Dundee. Together they collected information on the subscribers among which were, manufacturers, nautical instrument makers, grocers, hecklers, waiters, ship’s chandlers, dyers, bleachers, and flax spinners. View in the Subscriber Archive....
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Winkie the pigeon
February 1942. After the aircraft Winkie was in ditched in the North Sea, she flew more than 120 miles home to Broughty Ferry to raise the alarm. Because of her efforts all the crew were saved. Winkie received the Dickin Medal, the animal Victoria Cross, for her valour.
Courtesy of The McManus Collections. Copyright: Dundee City Council (Dundee's Art Galleries and Museums)
Extraordinary lives uncovered
Becca Gauldie is a researcher for McManus 168 and her incredible work for the project revealed a fascinating impression of Victorian Dundee. It would be...
Built out of necessity and at a time Dundee was growing in stature, the Western Cemetery became the resting place for many of Dundee's important and wealthy. Once described as "a sort of drawing room for swells on their way to Heaven.”