City Scene 2015

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront (out of stock)


  • The Growth of Dundee Harbour
  • The Town on the Wrong Side of the Tracks – the effects of railway development on the waterfront
  • Keeping it Light – the development of artificial lighting technology
  • Glassworks
  • Power to the People – electricity generation in the city
  • The Road and the Miles to Dundee – the road bridge
  • Fifies on the Firth – the story of the Tay ferries
  • Whaling from Dundee
  • The Eastward March of the Harbour
  • Dundee’s Front Line – the DP&L Shipping Company
City Scene 2016

Dundee: 1945-1975

Dundee: 1945-1975 (still in stock)


  • The Way We Were 1945
  • The Best Laid Schemes – post-war housing changes
  • …in a Nutshell – the story of a remarkable miniature caravan
  • Planning the Future – the formation of a new planning system
  • Planning: My Part in its Downfall – one amusing personal account
  • The Prefab Years – temporary housing in Dundee, 1945 to 1971
  • New Windows of Opportunity: University of Dundee
  • A Bridge to the Future – the Tay Road Bridge
  • The Health of a City
  • The Great Steam Crane at Victoria Dock
  • A Traumatised Generation – the effects of rapid urban change
  • 1975 – the Disco Days
City Scene 2017

Dundee: A City at Play

Dundee: A City at Play (still in stock; last few remaining)


  • Leisure and Culture in Dundee
  • Playing the Beautiful Game – a short piece about the two senior football clubs
  • Dundee on Ice – the story of ice sports in the city
  • The Festival of Britain in Dundee
  • The Highland Shows at Dundee – 1843 to 1957
  • Fort William and the Royal Tay Yacht Club
  • Treading the Boards – an account of ‘am dram’ in the city
  • Stars in their Eyes – cinemas in Dundee
  • Dancers, Chancers and Romancers
  • Saints and Sinners (and all things in between) – theatre in the city
  • Going Swimmingly
  • Dundee Civic Trust Awards 2017
City Scene 2018

Dundee: City of Design

Dundee: City of Design (still in stock)


  • The Old Lady – a history of the Old Steeple
  • Councillors & Criminals, Commerce & Community – The Pillars, Dundee’s favourite building
  • HMS Discovery, RRS Discovery and HMS Unicorn
  • Room for Improvement – the Improvement Acts of the 19th century
  • Done by Design – the tale of James Thomson’s ‘specimen house’
  • A Heart to the City Gained – Thomson’s plans for the Waterfront
  • Dundee’s Pioneering Housing Scheme – the story of Logie
  • Dundee Repertory Theatre
  • The Whitetop Centre
  • The Rise and Fall of Whitfield’s Skarne Blocks
  • The V&A Design Museum

Dundee City Centre

The Trust believes that a radical new strategy is needed for the city centre, led by the Council, to tackle the increasing number of shop vacancies and empty upper floor premises.  We think that the retail core area will inevitably shrink due to competition from online sales and that other uses need to be encouraged.  Promoting residential development, whether new or through building conversion, will bring more business to shops and restaurants while ensuring that cultural and civic activities are focussed in the centre will help make it the “must go” place for citizens and visitors.

Dundee Central Waterfront

The Trust supports the overall development principles of the Central Waterfront Masterplan and welcomes new investment to the city.  We will continue our regular dialogue with the Council and developers, however, to argue for a higher quality of design in future developments than has been achieved on site 6 opposite V&A Dundee and the railway station.   We are anxious that new development at the waterfront does not come at the expense of investment in the core city centre and urge that an appropriate balance be struck so that the central waterfront becomes a seamless extension of the city centre.  Lack of adequate coach parking in the waterfront area is another concern with the city aspiring to be a major tourist destination.

Dundee Local Development Plan 

Dundee Local Development Plan 2, adopted by the Council in February 2019, is the guide for the city’s development for the next decade. Although the Trust disagrees with some points of detail, we support the general principles of the Plan and will generally oppose developments that are not consistent with its policies. In particular, the Trust supports development of brownfield sites for new housing and other uses within the existing built up area of the city including the city centre. We also support greenfield development at the Western Gateway as opposed to the expansion of Broughty Ferry northwards and eastwards.  Expansion there would put further pressure on school capacity and the ability of roads to cope with commuting to the city centre, Ninewells Hospital, the universities and other employment hubs to the west of the city. We also support the concentration of retailing in the existing established city and district centres and will oppose new developments outwith these. We hope to see no further development of out of centre retail parks.


“Scots” Architecture – Crichton Wood

Scotland had its own native architecture with a critical period 1570 -1620 when architects explored complex spatial and aesthetic principles well ahead of their time. Architect Crichton Wood will show Robert Adam flirting with the style, David Bryce developing the style, both in bad and good ways, and Macintosh & Lorimer continuing and developing the Scots style. He will then show from his own work ways to continue and develop a Scots style, showing the potential but also the dangers.


“Thinking the unthinkable” – the future of town and city centres – Professor Leigh Sparks

“The high street has suffered from 50 years of benign – and not so benign-neglect. We can continue to patch and mend or we can start thinking more radically. That is, if we feel there is any value at all in having high streets?” Professor Sparks is Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and his challenging presentation and discussion will confront key issues in the future of high streets