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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 14th September 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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Afternoon Tea at Maggie’s Centre
13.09.14 (12:00 - 16:00)
Tom McDonald Avenue, Ninewells, Dundee,  DD2 1NH
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Join us for Afternoon Tea at Maggie’s. Sample some delicious afternoon treats, then walk around our beautiful garden. Hear how out labyrinth can help with emotional well-being and find out about our gardening group that meet here every Wednesday afternoon.

Architect: Frank Gehry
Building Date: 2003

Cancer caring centre designed by internationally renowned architect. As Gehry’s only UK building, Maggie’s Centre has his signature curving walls and undulating stainless steel roof, its form considered derivative of the Scottish broch. Its landmark tower contains a library and tiny seating area above, with fabulous views over Invergowrie Bay. Recipient of numerous architectural and building awards.

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Alberto Morrocco Murals
14.09.14 (12:00 - 16:00)
West Green Park, North Road, Liff, Dundee,  DD2 5SQ
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Visit West Green Park, created within the former Royal Liff psychiatric hospital. Within Greystanes House, on the walls of the patients’ dining room, view two large murals, painted by the renowned Scottish artist Alberto Morrocco. The unique murals, created in the 1960s, depict Work and Rest and feature Pablo Picasso.

Greystanes House is situated within 50 acres of landscaped gardens at West Green Park, Liff.

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Backstage Tour at Dundee Rep Theatre
13.09.14 (Tours at 10.00 & 11.00)
Tay Square, South Tay Street, Dundee,  DD1 1PB
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Consisting of Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rep Creative Learning, Dundee Rep is the most awarded theatre in Scotland and the nation’s leading producing house. You will be given access to all parts of the building normally closed to the public including the workshop, paintshop, rehearsal rooms and costume department.

The tour is bookable through Dundee Rep Box office on 01382 223530 or in person. Tickets are free, but limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Architect: Nicoll Russell Studios
Building Date: 1982

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Blackness Road Community Fire Station
13.09.14 (11.00 - 16.00)
Blackness Road, Dundee,  DD1 5PA
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Here is your chance to see behind the scenes of one of Dundee’s community fire stations.  As well as getting the opportunity to see a working fire station in action, fire-fighters will be on hand to provide fire safety advice, offering free home fire safety visits and demonstrating some of their firefighting and rescue skills.

Building Date: 1972

The personnel at Blackness Road Community Fire Station are looking forward to welcoming the community into the fire station as part of Doors Open Day. The station is an integral part of the community and the firefighters are keen to use Doors Open Day as an opportunity to show members of the public the full range of work they undertake to keep the communities safe.

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Broughty Castle Museum
New This Year
13.09.14 (11:00 - 15:00) - 14.09.14 (13:00 - 15:00)
Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee,  DD5 2TF
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Built in 1496 on a rocky promontory, Broughty Castle has faced many sieges and battles.

Building Date: 1496

Drop-in during Doors Open Days for a unique opportunity to view the Castle's magazine, which accommodates its artillery and ammunition store, and find out more about its interesting history.

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Camperdown House
New This Year
13.09.14 (11:00 - 15:00 ) - 14.09.14 (13:00 - 15:00)
Camperdown Country Park, Dundee,  DD2 4TF
Camperdown House - Image 1Come along and view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House. Set in beautiful parkland surroundings, 4 miles north-west of Dundee city centre, the House was erected in 1824 – 1828 by Admiral Duncan's son and heir, Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and designed by leading Edinburgh architect, William Burn.
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DCA ‘On Show’
14.09.14 (Tours at 11:30, 13:30 & 15:30)
152 Nethergate, Dundee,  DD1 4DY
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Contemporary artists make and present art in so many ways …This behind the scenes tour shows you how an international art centre, like DCA, helps artists create and show their work. Meet creative and technical staff to hear more about their unique roles as you visit our Gallery Workshop and Print Studio spaces. 

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

Free tickets to the tour are available from the DCA box office, or by phoning 01382 909900.

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District 10 - Shipping Container Office Building
New This Year
13.09.14 - 14.09.14 (10:00 - 16:00)
Seabraes Yards, Dundee,  DD1 4QB
District 10 - Shipping Container Office Building - Image 1District 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.
Come along and try our District 10 cardboard model assembly competition by cutting and glue-assembling a container building in the fastest time.
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Dundee Central Mosque
13.09.14 (11:00 - 16.00) - 14.09.14 (11:00 - 16.00)
6 Miln Street, Main entrance on Brown Street, Dundee,  DD1 5BZ
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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

Free refreshments, guided tours, and prayer demonstrations available. An exhibition and stalls will also be available for visitors. Free parking available on site.

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Dundee City Archives
13.09.14 (Tours at 10:00, 11:30 & 14:00)
14 City Square , Dundee,  DD1 3BY
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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

The bookable 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). As numbers are limited, booking is essential.

To book, please call 01382 434494. Tickets are free, but limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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