ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 29, 2013
Lost Dundee: Dundee’s Lost Architectural Heritage
By (author) Patricia Whatley
‘Lost Dundee’ brings the second city of renaissance Scotland back to life showing, through previously undiscovered photographs and drawings, the life and the maritime quarter of this great port. It illustrates Dundee’s transformation into a major Georgian town at the centre of the flax trade between St Petersburg and the USA, with the development of major public buildings a result of the influx of wealth into the region. The book goes on to examine Dundee’s next transformation into the jute capital of the world. Its identity was transformed by the arrival of railways, which separated the town from the sea, and by the great mills and factories which engulfed it on both sides. The pressures upon mediaeval Dundee proved so great that in 1871 the process of replacing it with grandiose Victorian boulevards began. The final section illustrates the changes wrought in the twentieth century with the death of jute and its replacement as the city’s major employer by tertiary education.This book draws particularly upon the rich visual history sources of Charles Lawson’s drawings of old Dundee in the Central Library, the DC Thomson photographic collection, and the University of Dundee Archives. Essential to the understanding of this constantly re-generating city, this book contains 150 drawings, photographs and plans of Dundee.
Charles McKean, until his recent retirement, was Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee and is one of Scotland’s foremost authorities on Scotland’s built environment. He is author of Edinburgh, Portrait of a City, Battle for the North: The Scottish Thirties and The Scottish Chateau, and is founder editor of the RIAS/Landmark Trust Illustrated Architectural Guides to Scotland. Patricia Whatley is University Archivist and Head of Archive, Records Management and Museum Services, and Director of the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee, one of the strengths of which is its important textile collections. She is currently researching aspects of medical history of the Highlands.