19 January 2023: Iain Flett, “Garden to Eden”
Former city archivist Iain Flett, speaking on a wide range of subjects, is a great favourite of Trust members. His January talk will look at how Dundee was one of the first Scottish burghs to embrace lighting by coal gas to improve the safety of its inhabitants by night. Initially supplied with coal by river and later by rail, production at the gas works ceased when piped natural gas took over; but gas storage would continue. Indeed, the gas storage tank would be memorably repainted as a giant birthday cake to mark the city’s octocentenary in 1991. The site, along with its gasholder, will now be the site of an Eden Project.