City Scene 2021

2020-2021 Issue

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Contents

  • Comment – from the Chairman
  • COVID – a Year in Pictures
  • Dundee: Vision for 2040 – the Trust’s aspirations for the City
  • The 20-Minute Neighbourhood – the possible merits of this sustainable policy
  • Dundee Port – Adapting to the Future
  • The Case for Wider Boundaries – a view on expansion of the City’s administrative area
  • The Pioneering History of Public Art in Dundee
  • The East Mill – Scotland’s first successful steam powered flax mill
  • Civic Trust Student Awards – the Trust’s first student awards, in 2020 and 2021
  • DC Thomson Buildings – the impressive built estate of the City’s main publisher
  • Dundee’s Cold War – Royal Observer Corps
  • Dundee’s Cold War – The Maps
  • Dundee’s Cold War – Royal Naval Reserve

The Dundee and Arbroath Railway – from Pioneering Line to Trunk Route

When the idea of a railway between Dundee and Arbroath was conceived in the 1830s, none of its promoters could have imagined it as anything other than a local line. By 1850, however, it had been cemented into the developing national network and it remains a route of strategic importance to this day.

Civic Trust member Neale Elder has worked on the railways for 35 years and takes a keen interest in the history of his industry. He will tell the story of the ‘D&A’: from its inauguration as an independent company; through nearly 70 years’ stewardship by a joint board of two rival railway companies; and then the varying fortunes of the late twentieth century to the present day.

Recent years have seen a welcome resumption of local passenger services throughout the day. Enhancements now in the pipeline promise a bright future for the ‘D&A’ as it nears its 200th birthday.

Thursday 16 December 2021, 7.00pm

Dundee Art Society Gallery, 17 Roseangle, Dundee, DD1 4LP

HMS Unicorn and the Dawn of Modern Naval Architecture

The second of Dundee Civic Trust’s popular series of winter evening talks will take place on Thursday 18 November 2021 at our usual venue of the Dundee Art Society gallery, 17 Roseangle.

HMS Unicorn is well-known to Dundonians as the old ‘wooden wall’ in Dundee docks but her true international importance is still very little understood.  She is the oldest British-built ship still afloat but, far more importantly, the ship also illustrates an extraordinary story of the dawn of marine engineering which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Unicorn is the only survivor of the very first system of shipbuilding to integrate iron and wood structurally within a ship’s hull, a system invented by Sir Robert Seppings who can be thought of as the Royal Navy’s ‘Brunel’.

Roderick Stewart has been associated with Unicorn his entire life and will describe the ship’s design background as a warship and explain her important place in the history of marine engineering and naval architecture.