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DIARY of EVENTS 2017/2018

All meetings start at 7 pm (except that in May). Venue: Dundee Art Society, 17 Roseangle (except September)

Members of the public are welcome to attend all talks in Dundee Art Society.

Thursday 21 September 2017. City Chambers. Civic Trust Awards Ceremony 2017

Announcement and presentation of the Trust's awards and commendations for projects completed in the three years up to May 2017 will take place as part of a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost. Open to members by separate invitation – RSVP as directed.

Thursday 19 October 2017. The Leaf Room, Ninewells Hospital - Jonathan Reeve RIAS RIBA

Jonathan Reeve is an Architect with the Award Winning Voigt Partnership based in Arbroath. The Leaf Room is inspired by a natural form to connect the building to the garden it serves. It is based on a folded leaf, with a green leaf-shaped roof overhanging a rectangular timber box which functions as living room, garden retreat, community room and educational training facility. The talk will also illustrate some of the Partnership's current/recent projects in and around Dundee.

Thursday 16 November 2017. The Tay Bridge Disaster - Professor David Swinfen

The fall of the Tay Bridge in December 1879 caused the greatest loss of life due to structural failure in the history of railways in Britain. This illustrated lecture will revisit the disaster, focusing on the two most controversial issues - the causes of the fall, and the number of lives lost. Professor Swinfen is the author of "The Fall of the Tay Bridge" which has recently been reprinted in a revised edition, so this timely talk will consider the latest evidence.

Thursday 18 January 2018. The Scottish Blenheim? - Simon Green

Camperdown House and the work of William Burn: a celebration of one of the most important Greek Revival houses in Scotland.

Simon Green is an architectural historian working in the Survey and Recording Section of Historic Environment Scotland, examining, investigating and recording buildings throughout Scotland. He is also researching the architecture of the Baronial and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland and is the President of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

Thursday 15 February 2018. Scottish Lighthouses – Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood

(Joint meeting with Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust.)

Admiral Lockwood recently retired from his post as Chief Executive of the Northern Lighthouse Board and will give a lively geographical and historical tour of what are some of Scotland's most extraordinary buildings. He will also give an insider's view of our Lighthouses' continuing navigational relevance together with indications of their potential future.

Thursday 29 March 2018. Annual General Meeting, followed by "Flaxopolis" - How trade in Russian flax changed Dundee. Dr Jeremy Howard

Dundee's sobriquet 'Juteopolis' has tended to blind us to the importance of the city as the UK's main linen centre in the early nineteenth century. This talk will examine how flax imported from Russia via the Baltic changed Dundee and will pay particular attention to the effects on architecture, design and planning, also Dundee's relationship with Archangel, St Petersburg and Riga. Dr Howard suggests that Dundee might consider itself a city of 'Flax, Fleets & Fraternalism'.

May 2018 - Annual outing.

To be arranged. Members only.