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Shabnam Wasim
Tower Building
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Tel: 01382 386660

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Doors Open Days Dundee programme

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Dundee:  19 September 2015 – 20 September 2015

We are delighted to be able to offer members of the public the chance to visit more building across the city than ever before and we are sure there is something to suit every taste and interest. There are many new venues on this year's programme so this is the most in-depth Doors Open Days to take place in Dundee. Some of the tours fill up quickly so it is advisable to book in advance. 
Shabnam Wasim, University of Dundee

Explore and rediscover Dundee’s fascinating buildings at Dundee Doors Open Days. 
The event on the weekend 19th and 20th September gives you free access to over 50 remarkable buildings across Dundee.

Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. Doors Open Days celebrates architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces right on your doorstep.

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View the Google map of all the venues.

Our online programme is now available on this site. Printed programmes are also available from Doors Open Days venues, Dundee Central Library and Visit Scotland (City Square). 

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D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
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19.09.15 (10.00-12.30)
Carnelley Building, Park Place,, Dundee,  DD1 4HN
D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum - Image 1

Discover the extraordinary collections of the internationally renowned polymath D'Arcy Thompson - an amazing variety of mammals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles from around the world.


Architect: Ireland & MacLaren
Building Date: 1883

Non-bookable. 

Also on show are original teaching charts, models and artworks inspired by D'Arcy's ideas and collections. Lots of activities for kids - we're an accredited learning destination for Children's University.

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DCA: More Than Meets The Eye Tours
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19.09.15 (Tours at 12:00 & 14:00)
152 Nethergate, Dundee,  DD1 4DY
DCA: More Than Meets The Eye Tours - Image 1

Contemporary artists make art in so many ways. These tours show you how an international art centre, like DCA, helps artists create and present their work. Meet Gallery Assistant/Install team and Print Studio staff to hear more about their unique roles as you explore DCA Gallery and Print spaces.  


Architect: Richard Murphy Architects
Building Date: 1999

Booking Essential.

Tours will last approx. 45 minutes with plenty of time for a chat and questions as we go round.

To book your place on the tour, call the DCA Box Office on 01382 909900.

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District 10 - Shipping Container Office Building
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19.09.15 - 20.09.15 (10:00 - 16:00)
Seabraes Yards, Dundee,  DD1 4QB
District 10 - Shipping Container Office Building - Image 1

District 10 is a highly sustainable office building made of shipping containers, providing work space for start-up creative industry companies.

Commended in the Scottish Design awards, the game Tetris wraps around the outside of the building promoting the creative and unpredictable organisations within.


Architect: AIM
Building Date: 2014

Non-bookable.

Come along and try our District 10 cardboard model assembly competition by cutting, folding and glue assembling a container building in the fastest time. Glue, scissors and Elastoplast provided.

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Dudhope Castle
New This Year
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19.09.15 (10:00 - 16:00)
Dudhope Park, Dundee ,  DD3 6HF
Dudhope Castle - Image 1Dudhope Castle: One of Dundee’s oldest and best loved buildings will be partially opened for Doors Open Day 2015.  It was the home of the Scrimgeour Family, Constables of Dundee and Hereditary Standard Bearers of Scotland. In the 1680s it was home to John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, known to history as both “Bonnie Dundee” and “Bluidy Clavers”. In later years the Castle was an army barracks.

Non-bookable.

This historic building is now a fully operational office for Dundee City Council Social Work Department. As a result only the ground floor will be opened on Doors Open Day. This includes the Main Hall and it is hoped that aspects of the history of the building will be illustrated by displays.

In the grounds of the castle stands a 1744 Well Head (removed from the Overgate).


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Dundee Central Mosque
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19.09.15 - 20.09.15 (11:00 - 16.00)
6 Miln Street, Main entrance on Brown Street, Dundee,  DD1 5BZ
Dundee Central Mosque - Image 1

Situated near the town centre of Dundee city, it is the first purpose built Mosque in North-East Scotland, built using traditional Scottish materials and energy efficient construction techniques. 

The Mosque is rich in Islamic symbolism and includes two prayer halls built facing Makkah and above the Minbar (pulpit) is a copper dome, both symbolic and for light.



Architect: Lucas Dow Design Studios
Building Date: 2000

Non-bookable.

Free food and refreshments, exhibitions, guided tours, stalls, leaflets, prayer demonstrations and free parking on site will be available. 

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Dundee City Archives
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19.09.15 (Tours at 10:00, 11:30 & 14:00)
14 City Square , Dundee,  DD1 3BY
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This is an opportunity for you to view selected items from the City’s archive collections which date from the 14th century. Members of the Friends of Dundee City Archives will also be on hand to demonstrate the work they are doing to make the records more accessible to the public. 


Architect: James Thomson
Building Date: 1914-22

Booking Essential. 

These tours are your chance to discover the history of Dundee through a selection of the records held in the City Archives (which is housed in part of the Caird Hall building).

To book your place on the tour, please phone 01382 434494.

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Dundee Congregational Church
New This Year
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19.09.15 (10:00 - 13:00) - 20.09.15 (10:30-12:30)
6-8 Constitution Road, Dundee,  DD1 1LL
Dundee Congregational Church - Image 1

Come in and see what has been described as “the Cathedral of Congregationalism” with its beautiful old wood panelling and modern welcome hall.  See the Church being decorated for the Harvest Festival on Sunday, and listen to the rich tones of our fine organ.

Non-bookable.

There will be an opportunity to buy coffee/tea and biscuits. 

You are welcome to join our Harvest Thanksgiving Service from 11am -12pm on Sunday 20th September.

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Dundee Methodist Church
New This Year
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19.09.15 (10:00 - 14:00) - 20.09.15 (12:00 - 14:00)
20 West Marketgait, , Dundee,  DD1 1QR
Dundee Methodist Church - Image 1Take a tour behind the scenes to find out about the history of this intriguing modern looking building on one of Dundee’s busiest streets, which now houses the Methodist Church in Dundee. Despite the modern looking exterior there has been a church on this site for many years before the current use of the site.

Non-bookable.

Celebrating 30 years in these premises we invite you to explore the exhibition of Methodism, past, present and future. Craft activities for children and refreshments will be available. 

Church Service 11am-12pm on Sunday 20th September.

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Dundee Museum of Transport
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19.09.15 (11:00 - 16:00) - 20.09.15 (11:00 - 16:00)
Unit 10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee,  DD1 3LA
Dundee Museum of Transport - Image 1

Come and find out more about the transport history of Tayside and beyond.

The Museum of Transport preserves, restores and displays the transport history of Dundee and the east coast of Scotland. This includes the cars, trams and other vehicles dating back to the 19th Century. And it also includes uniforms, timetables and other memorabilia that will bring a bygone era back to life. 

Children’s quiz games available on the day with small prizes for all.

Hourly tours between 11am-3pm. To book a place on the tour, please call 01382 454482. Places are free, but limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

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Dundee Parish Church (St Mary's)
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19.09.15 (10:00 - 14:00)
Nethergate, Dundee,  DD1 4DG
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The original church was founded around 1190 and was the first Parish Church in Scotland to be organised according to the Reformed Faith. It is the Parish Church for the City of Dundee. Civic occasions such as the Kirkin' of the Council and Guildry Services, as well as Rememberance Day, are held here. It boasts a fully detailed Black Watch memorial. 


Architect: Recently - Simpson & Brown
Building Date: c1190

Non-bookable.

The Church contains many outstanding examples of stained glass. These include the splendid East window gifted in 1897 in honour of Queeen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It was designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris. Stewards will be on hand to show visitors around. 

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