SPAB Scotland are pleased to be hosting their AGM and tours day in Dundee this year. The day will consist of a city walking tour, lunch, AGM and lecture about John Ruskin.
We have arranged a wonderful walking tour, to be guided by Adam Swan of Dundee Historic Environment Trust (DHET, the local city heritage trust). The walk takes in the city centre Waterfront, historic docks area, historic linen mills, city centre street form and key buildings, and the university campus in the west end. Lunch will be served in a recently converted textile mill, and the walk will then continue westward to the university area where we have use of an atmospheric historic lecture theatre for our AGM. The day will end with a new lecture written by Dr Peter Burman showcasing his recent research into John Ruskin. The lecture will be entitled 'John Ruskin, the 'Good Steward', and his influence for us today' as part of the SPABs celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The cost of the day will be £15, which includes lunch and all tours. The AGM only can be attended for free.
No special equipment is required, however please dress appropriately for the March weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. The distance covered will be approximately 2.5 miles and will include plenty of pauses to admire buildings.
Further details of the walk, and an outline programme are noted below:
Starting at the new V&A Museum of Design (which is next to the railway station), we will walk alongside the river, under the road bridge, past the patent slip, and former ship yard andtannery buildings to the A-listed Victoria Dock. Crossing the modern footbridge there will be a view of the 1824 frigate, HMS Unicorn, and we will continue past the transit sheds and clock tower warehouse to Water’s Edge, a shed recently restored and converted to small units where we’ll meet the conservation architect responsible. Camperdown Dock and connecting gates adjacent.
From Water’s Edge we will pass the old Custom House, and make our way up Dens Street to Hotel Indigo for lunch at the Daisy Tasker restaurant in the restored A listed former Lower Dens mill complex. Our building visits are reckoned to be the two most significant recent conservation projects in the city.
After lunch we will make our way via city centre streets westwards, taking in the Cowgate Arch (one of only two town wall gates in Scotland), the historic Cowgate, Albert Square, the Howff, West Port, and Park Place to the Carnelley Building.
Dr Matthew Jarron, director of the University of Dundee’s Museum Collections, will introduce us to the building and briefly outline the importance of the D'Arcy Thompson Zoological collection amongst other treasures.
DHET and partners have produced a series of Dundee Heritage Walk guides available on line at www.dundeeheritagewalk.com as a self-guided trail leaflets which will be available as handouts. Our walk is an amalgam of sections of four of the trails and is led by one of the series authors.
'John Ruskin (1819-1900), the ‘Good Steward’, and his influence for us today'
This lecture will explore the may-sided nature of Ruskin’s genius, which is currently being celebrated in a major exhibition at Two Temple Place in London. In his Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849) and in other writings he gave intellectual substance to ideas about stewardship of the earth’s resources which are uncannily relevant to the present day. He urged us to ‘cherish, above all things, local associations and hereditary skill’. His respect for the age values of ancient buildings led him to inspire the foundation of the SPAB (1877) and the National Trust (1895). His own foundation, the Guild of St George (1871), enabled him to put theory into practice and the Guild still flourishes today.
10am - V&A Dundee opens, self guided tour & coffee opportunity. (Only the Scottish gallery will be open - free entry.)
10.30am - Walking Tour - Meet outside the main entrance to the V&A Dundee for walking tour led by Adam Swan, to take in modern riverside, Victoria Docks, The Waters Edge (building tour with conservation architect Ryan Cathro, Nicholl Russell Studios), and aspects of Dundee's textile heritage.
12.15pm - Lunch at Daisy Tasker in Hotel Indigo, a recently converted textile mill. Soup & sandwich, coffee.
1.15pm - Walking Tour continues - Leave restaurant & continue on foot via medieval Dundee towards university area.
2pm - Arrival at the Univeristy of Dundee Carnelley Building & introduction by Matthew Jarron, Director of Musuem Collections
2.15pm - AGM commences in the historic lecture theatre within the Carnelley Building
3pm - Lecture 'John Ruskin, the 'Good Steward', and his infuence for us today' to be given by Dr Peter Burman, chairman of SPAB Scotland
4pm - Close, opportunity to visit D'Arcy Thompson Zoological Musuem within the Carnelley Building (building shuts at 4.30pm)
We hope that some of the group will join us for informal drinks afterwards at the Phoenix on the Perth Road.
About SPAB Scotland
Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.
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