Historic Dundee

DHET works in partnership with a range of organisations to stimulate the understanding of Dundee’s historic built environment and beyond. The Trust’s supports the promotion of Historic Dundee as an attractive place for people to live, work, visit and invest in.


Dundee Conservation Lectures

The Trust co-organises the annual series of Dundee Conservation Lectures with the University of Dundee and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Tayside and East Fife. This series of lectures covers a range of conservation issues, offering an opportunity to learn more about and debate, philosophical, practical, legislative and technical matters. The lectures are held in the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill at the University of Dundee DD1 4EN.

Lectures from the past 20 years can be found at:  Dundee Conservation Lecture series programmes

Heritage Walks

DHET has contributed to a series of heritage walking guides in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dundee, and Dundee City Council’s Environment Department. The walks offer a range of self-guided tours by foot around Historic Dundee and Broughty Ferry giving participants an opportunity to discover Dundee’s past and experience its rich and diverse heritage.

The 5 walks can also be undertaken using audio guidance via the Geotourist App which is available to download free at the App Store and Google Play.

Printed leaflets are available to pick up from DHET’s offices.

Links to local/external organisations and events

Dundee Civic Trust

The Dundee Civic Trust is a local amenity society whose membership is open to individuals who support its aims. The charity aims to preserve and promote the natural, historic, artistic, cultural and social amenities and features of the City of Dundee and its neighbourhood in order to interest, educated and inspire civic pride in the local community. It encourages the maintenance of high standards of architecture and town planning […] in order to ensure the protection or improvement of the local environment.

Dundee Civic Trust Events

Architectural Heritage Society (AHSS)

The AHSS is a Scottish charity with over 1000 members dedicated to the conservation study and appreciation of Scotland’s historic buildings. It has 6 regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework through local volunteer run cases panels who review and comment on local planning and listed building consent applications.  Dundee City falls under the Tayside and East Fife regional group.

AHSS Events

Abertay Historical Association

Abertay Historical Society promotes interest in the history of Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perthshire. The Society organises regular talks for its members and publishes books on local history.

Abertay Historical Association Events

Dundee Heritage Trust

Funded in 1985, Dundee Heritage Trust is a charity dedicated to the guardianship, preservation and portrayal of Dundee’s heritage in ways that educate, inspire and enlighten current and future generations. It operates two 5 star visitor attractions at Discovery Point and Verdant Works and is responsible for the conservation of RRS Discovery.

Dundee Heritage Trust

HMS Unicorn

HMS Unicorn is a former Royal Navy warship and is nearly 200 years old. It is preserved as a museum and visitor attraction in Victoria Docks on South Victoria Dock road.  It is owned, maintained and managed by the charity Unicorn Preservation Society.  It also runs a series of events throughout the year.

HMS Unicorn

Events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HMSUnicorn/events

Dundee City Archives

Dundee City Archives holds the records of Dundee City Council and its predecessors.

Dundee City Archives

Dundee Leisure & Culture

Local History has a collection of over 20,000 items relating to the City of Dundee. It is located in the Central Library in The Wellgate Shopping Centre, in the centre of Dundee.

Local History

V & A Dundee

Scotland’s Design Museum opened to the public in September 2018.  It houses the Scottish Design Galleries exploring Scotland’s design landscape, historically and today.

The Museum runs a regular events programme:

V & A Dundee What’s On

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