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Dundee Doors Open Days 2014

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Dundee:  13 September 2014 – 14 September 2014

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. Fourteen of this year’s venues are new to the 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. 
Dr Jon Urch, University of Dundee

Explore and rediscover Dundee’s fascinating buildings at Dundee Doors Open Days. 
The event on the weekend 13th and 14thSeptember gives you free access to over 40 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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Dundee Museum of Transport
New This Year
13.09.14 - 14.09.14 (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. 

We are working to preserve, restore and display the transport history of Dundee and the east coast of Scotland. This includes the cars, trams and buses and other vehicles dating back to the 19th Century. 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.

To book a place on the tour, please call 01382 454482. Tickets are free, but limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Dundee Parish Church (St Mary's)
13.09.14 (10:00 - 14:00)
Nethergate, Dundee,  DD1 4DG
Dundee Parish Church (St Mary's) - Image 1

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 Remembrance Day are held here. It boasts a fully detailed Black Watch memorial.


Architect: Recently - Simpson & Brown
Building Date: c1190
The Church contains many outstanding examples of stained glass. These include the splendid East window gifted in 1897 in honour of Queen 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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Gate Church (St. Mark’s Church)
New This Year
13.09.14 (10:00 - 16:00) - 14.09.14 (11:00 - 12.30)
158 Perth Road, Dundee,  DD1 4JS
Gate Church (St. Mark’s Church) - Image 1

The Church was built as St Mark's Church between 1868 and 1869. It was designed by Pilkington and Bell in a free Gothic style typical of Frederick T Pilkington. The church was extended in 1879 by Ireland and MacLaren.

Featuring superb stained-glass windows and a raised timbre ceiling, this A-listed church is a unique example of circular congregational seating and aisles. The tower and spire have recently undergone conservation repairs, grant-assisted by Historic Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Architect: Pilkington and Bell
Building Date: 1869

A project is currently underway to install Energy Efficiency Measures to the church, grant-assisted by Climate Challenge Fund. You can see the progress of this work during your visit.

On Sunday, you are invited to come along to the church service at 11:00 - 12:30.

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Jericho House
13.09.14 - 14.09.14 (10.00 - 14.00)
36 Artillery Lane , Dundee,  DD1 1PE
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We are opening our alcohol recovery unit to everyone interested in learning more about a live project. Our house has a strong sense of community. Jericho House is a service that helps people with alcohol dependency and there are lots of local people in Dundee who support our service.

Visitors would be given a warm welcome, a short presentation on the service and meet with staff and service users and hear first-hand how Jerico House works.

Then staff will give a house tour and share the history of the service in Dundee. Refreshments will be available for a small donation.  

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Meadowside St Paul's Church of Scotland
13.09.14 (10:00 - 16:00 ) - 14.09.14 (11.00 - 14.00 )
14-16 Nethergate, Dundee,  DD1 4EH
Meadowside St Paul's Church of Scotland - Image 1

Come and explore our city centre church complex. Take part in craft activities, listen to our organist playing and enjoy the peace of our prayer garden.

Built in 1852 to a design by Charles Wilson, this church boasts a fantastic spore, hammerbeam roof and organ by Walcker and Co 1902. Decorated with stained glass and doorway mosaics, it hosts regular meetings of the Presbytery of Dundee. The garden features an artistic stone wall by David Wilson.

Architect: Charles Wilson
Building Date: 1845

Doors open on Saturday 13th September at 10:00 - 16:00 and again on Sunday 14th September at 11.00 - 14.00 & 20:00-22:00.

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Morgan Academy
13.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Main Entrance to building, Forfar Road, Dundee,  DD4 7AX
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The Morgan is an imposing landmark building of tremendous architectural significance, originally designed in 1862 by the Edinburgh architects John Dick Peddie and Charles Kinnear. By the early 20th century, pressure for more suitable and additional accommodation resulted in extensive internal alterations including a large three story wing to the north and was completed in 1915, designed by the Architect James Langlands.

Due to a fire in 2001 which destroyed much of the building. It was rebuilt using the original facade and much of the internal appearance was kept and re-opened in August 2004.

Architect: John Dick Peddie & Charles Kinnear
Building Date: Designed 1862. Opened 1868.
Visitors will be guided around the building by Morgan Academy staff, pupils and former pupils.
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Olympia Leisure Centre
New This Year
13.09.14 (Tours at 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00)
3 East Whale Lane, Dundee,  DD1 3JU
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Dundee’s new £31.5M Olympia Leisure Centre was opened in June 2013, built to a design by architect Ron Mitcham. Featuring a 50 metre pool, wave pool, rapid river, four flumes, dive pool, activity pool and cafe.

Architect: Ron Mitcham
Building Date: 2013

All areas will be explored with a first-chance to look behind the scenes in plants rooms - pool disinfection/filtration plant and boiler rooms. 

Non-bokable tours, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Speedwell Bar
13.09.14 (12:00 - 17:00) - 14.09.14 (12:00 - 17:00)
167 Perth Road, Dundee,  DD2 1AS
Speedwell Bar - Image 1The Speedwell Bar is one of the finest examples of an Edwardian bar embracing all that was good in pub architecture at the beginning of the twentieth century. The building is one of the few surviving pubs mentioned in the definitive 1983 book “People’s Palaces, Victorian and Edwardian Pubs of Scotland”.
There will be guided tours of the building (lasting approx 10mins) Shortbread and refreshments will be available afterwards.
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St Aidan's Centre
13.09.14 (10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00-15:00)
408 Brook St, Broughty Ferry, Dundee,  DD5 2EB
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Former St Aidan’s Church now fully open, redeveloped into a modern church and community centre by Broughty Ferry New Kirk. See the renovated spire and clock tower, the Victorian stained glass and woodwork incorporated into design by architects Ingenium Archial. Explore its historic graveyard, now an eco-friendly wildlife project planted with native trees and shrubs. Enjoy the exhibition of community activities.

Architect: James Black

Conducted tours available of the centre and eco-graveyard. Refreshments, exhibition and war memorial archive. All-ages treasure hunt available on Saturday 1-3pm with prizes and refreshments

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St Andrew's Parish Church
13.09.14 (10.00-15.00)
2 King Street, Cowgate, Dundee,  DD1 2JB
St Andrew's Parish Church - Image 1

Ever wanted to see inside the church behind that lovely garden next to the Wellgate Centre?  Now is your chance to find out! This beautiful and lively church at the heart of the city centre has a rich and interesting history awaiting your discovery.

Architect: Samuel Bell
Building Date: 1774

You can admire the numerous stained glass windows, and find out about the church's links to Dundee's trading past and present. See how the lives of young parents and their children benefit from the activities on offer at our Family Project, and check out progress on the 'Secret Garden'!

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