Verdant Works

Verdant Works Verdant Works | Made in Dundee | One Mill | Many Stories Verdant Works is a world-class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building.
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Last admission to museum is 1 hour before closing, however we recommend at least 1.5 - 2 hours for your visit.

Even Jock in the gate lodge needs his #SunnyDundee sunglasses today! Come visit! The courtyard is a wonderful place for ...
09/08/2020

Even Jock in the gate lodge needs his #SunnyDundee sunglasses today! Come visit! The courtyard is a wonderful place for a socially distanced chill-out where you can enjoy some great value refreshments.
Say hello to Jock as you clock out!

Verdant Works is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm with special offer visit prices! See our dedicated web page for more info.
https://www.verdantworks.co.uk/reopening-of-verdant-works-information/

#onemillmanystories #DundeeIsOpen #DundeeIsNow #SunnyDundee #lovedundee #museumsarego #onlyinscotland #visitdundee

On #NationalCatDay time for some Victorian poetry relating the sad tale of cat vs Dundee mill elevator.Nelly's Lament fo...
08/08/2020

On #NationalCatDay time for some Victorian poetry relating the sad tale of cat vs Dundee mill elevator.

Nelly's Lament for the Pirnhouse Cat by Ellen Johnston

Oh! fare-ye-weel my bonnie cat,
Nae mair I'll smooth yer skin sae black.
Mony a time I stroked yer back,
Puir wee craiter;
Ye've gane yer last lang sleep tae tak'.
The Elevator

Has sent ye aff tae your lang hame,
Whaur hunger ne'er will jag yer wame,
Whaur ye shall ne'er put in a claim
For meal or milk;
Yer in the " pond," free frae a' blame,
Boiled like a whelk.
Click here for more!
https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/nellys-lament-pirnhouse-cat

Hello Friday! What adventures are YOU planning this weekend?Verdant Works is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm a...
07/08/2020

Hello Friday! What adventures are YOU planning this weekend?

Verdant Works is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm with special offer visit prices! See our dedicated web page for more info.
https://www.verdantworks.co.uk/reopening-of-verdant-works-information/

#onemillmanystories #DundeeIsOpen #DundeeIsNow #SunnyDundee #lovedundee #museumsarego #onlyinscotland #visitdundee

Our free visitor car park is built upon the site of the Miln Street Mill of John Sharp & Co. Originally a flax spinning ...
06/08/2020

Our free visitor car park is built upon the site of the Miln Street Mill of John Sharp & Co. Originally a flax spinning mill like us, it later converted to jute. John Sharp expanded his facilities by building a power-loom weaving factory on the opposite side of the road, eventually expanding further up Blinshall Street to create the Bower Mill. This was built in 1866 to provide extra spinning capacity. It was usual for a Dundee mill because it was built of multi-coloured brick rather than stone. It was converted in the 1930's to jute weaving and later to synthetics before closure in the 1980's. It was named the Bower Mill after John Sharp's wife's family name of Bower - this social media person made that connection yesterday while visiting Barnhill Cemetery, the resting place of the Sharps - you learn something new everyday! Don't forgot we're open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Its #NationalUnderwearDay thus VERY hard to resist sharing these "jute knickers" from our collections!The donor worked f...
05/08/2020

Its #NationalUnderwearDay thus VERY hard to resist sharing these "jute knickers" from our collections!
The donor worked for the Board of Trade London in the division which was responsible for jute and had these presented to her on the occasion of her marriage in 1970 by the Association of Jute Spinners and Manufacturers. She was told that they were manufactured in Low and Bonar Mill where the girls in the mill were planning to have a handprint placed onto the back of the garment but Sir Herbert said “No you will not!”.
The making of comedy wedding presents such as these was a tradition in the mill when someone was getting married.
#onemillmanystories #madeindundee #DundeeIsNow #museumsarego #visitdundee #onlyinscotland SCRAN
Low & Bonar Dundee Ltd http://www.dhtcollections.com/

A careful balancing act. This is the Brothock Mill of Samuel Renny, Arbroath's first steam powered flax spinning mill. I...
03/08/2020

A careful balancing act. This is the Brothock Mill of Samuel Renny, Arbroath's first steam powered flax spinning mill. It was powered by a 14hp Boulton and Watt steam engine which was started by James Watt himself in 1806. Mr Watt walked out on the beam, causing it to be unbalanced and starting the first stroke of the new engine. In the 20th century the mill was home to the Herald Press publishers of the Arbroath Herald and is now housing.

01/08/2020

Looking for a beautiful space to visit for easy social distancing? Look no further!
Verdant Works is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm with special offer visit prices! See our dedicated web page for more info.
https://www.verdantworks.co.uk/reopening-of-verdant-works-…/

#onemillmanystories #DundeeIsOpen #DundeeIsNow #SunnyDundee #lovedundee #museumsarego #onlyinscotland #visitdundee

Do you know where's the perfect location for sunny days? Visiting a beautiful mill building with a sheltered and atmosph...
31/07/2020

Do you know where's the perfect location for sunny days?
Visiting a beautiful mill building with a sheltered and atmospheric courtyard. That's where!
(Not that we are biased!)

#onemillmanystories #madeindundee #DundeeIsNow #visitdundee #verdantdundee #sunnydundee #lovedundee #MuseumsAreGo

Happy International Friends Day!Don't forget VERDANT WORKS IS OPEN Friday + SATURDAY 10am to 4.30pm, SUNDAY 11am to 4.30...
30/07/2020

Happy International Friends Day!
Don't forget VERDANT WORKS IS OPEN Friday + SATURDAY 10am to 4.30pm, SUNDAY 11am to 4.30pm.

Dundee needs YOU and Dundee's cultural institutions need your support to survive. If you haven't got time to visit the museum, consider having a refreshing break in our sunny courtyard - the best value cafe in town! Plus FREE PARKING.

Dundee Heritage Trust cares for both RRS Discovery and Verdant Works. We are an independent charity 98.7% funded from our own resources. Please help us to stay afloat! Photo by Daisy Tasker - Baxter's Mill workers tea dance.

#onemillmanystories #madeindundee #DundeeIsNow #visitdundee #verdantdundee #sunnydundee #lovedundee #MuseumsAreGo #internationalfriendsday #sunnydundee #onlyinscotland #onlyindundee #dundeeheritagetrust #daisytasker

29/07/2020

A little bit of romantic poetry for you today. Written by Thomas Kydd of Arbroath in the 19th century about his love, a weaver.
A Lady

My lady is a weaver,
Nothing richer than the rest,
But you'd take her for a princess
If you saw her when she's drest.
And so she is, a queen of hearts,
Without a bit of jest,
Yet in her everyday attire
I think I like her best.

This is just the first verse. Little is known about the author. Many ordinary people who worked in the textile industry expressed themselves via poetry, much of which was published in the local newspapers and books of the time.

Penthouse accommodation...Robertson's Land was Dundee's tallest tenement at 102 feet and 9 storeys high, when constructe...
27/07/2020

Penthouse accommodation...Robertson's Land was Dundee's tallest tenement at 102 feet and 9 storeys high, when constructed in 1870. It housed 500 people, unlike most Dundee housing of the time, it had running cold water and toilets on each of the floors. Located only 5 minutes from Verdant Works just off the Scouringburn (now Brook Street) on Urquhart Street, the top 3 storeys were officially closed in the 1890's because of fears over lack of escape routes in the event of fire - although it is possible people still lived there unofficially after that date. The building was demolished in the 1960s. Shortage of housing was a major problem in Dundee until well into the 20th Century, this was one interesting solution to the problem. Remember we are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Isn't this just the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday?VERDANT WORKS OPEN TODAY 11am to 4.30pm.And what's more, it's ...
26/07/2020

Isn't this just the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday?

VERDANT WORKS OPEN TODAY 11am to 4.30pm.

And what's more, it's the best value cafe in town!
Come visit and support this unique heritage museum. #onemillmanystories #madeindundee #DundeeIsNow #visitdundee #verdantdundee #sunnydundee #lovedundee #MuseumsAreGo

25/07/2020
The Magnificent Boulton and Watt beam engine is "Good To Go"!

We are excited to be able to once again welcome visitors to our beautifully restored jute mill. Dating back to 1833, the cathedral- like space of the High Mill at Verdant Works allows you see the design features from a time when buildings were as beautiful and detailed as they were functional.
And what's more - the 1802 Boulton and Watt beam engine is also "Good to Go". Don't miss out on seeing this amazing survivor from Britain's industrial past!
#onemillmanystories #onlyindundee #visitscotland #visitdundee #DundeeIsNow Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)#jameswatt2019

We are open and ready for you to visit - Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday’s 11am to 4.30pm.The incredible 18...
24/07/2020

We are open and ready for you to visit - Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday’s 11am to 4.30pm.

The incredible 1802 Boulton and Watt steam engine has had all its checks and is oiled and ready to chug into action in the majestic High Mill. Come visit!
#steampower #onemillmanystories #lovedundee #sunnydundee #onlyindundee

Today, we're in Arbroath to have a look at the Chalmers Street Works of A Nicoll & Co. Ltd. Firstly, we see the works de...
22/07/2020

Today, we're in Arbroath to have a look at the Chalmers Street Works of A Nicoll & Co. Ltd. Firstly, we see the works decorated for the coronation of King George VI in 1937. Featured along with works manager, Mr James Cable (2nd on right) are Susie Kinnear, Miss Gilbert, Jean Petrie, Georgina Laing, Jean Lackie, Mary Rattray, Miss Whitton, Mr J Whitton, Mr J Dear and Mr W Adam. Secondly, is a view from the early 1970s. The works was demolished in stages, with much of the site now the local Job Centre. It was listed as a sailcloth factory on 19th Century maps. If you know or are related to any of the people in the picture we would love to hear from you!

The first lovely blue flowers of flax. This was once a common sight in the fields of the east of Scotland. It was last g...
20/07/2020

The first lovely blue flowers of flax. This was once a common sight in the fields of the east of Scotland. It was last grown on a large scale during the Second World War. Linen products were critical to the war effort.

THE WAIT IS OVER!Make Verdant Works the destination for today's wee jaunt out of lockdown! Open today 11am to 4.30pm.Ver...
19/07/2020

THE WAIT IS OVER!
Make Verdant Works the destination for today's wee jaunt out of lockdown! Open today 11am to 4.30pm.

Verdant Works High Mill, Glazed Alley and Red Box are now OPEN - with special offer visit prices!

The gift shop and cafe can be visited for free even if you do not wish to explore the Mill at this time.

Enjoy teas, coffees and cakes as well as Heather's famous home made soup and bacon rolls in our beautiful cobbled courtyard, or in the atmosphere of the utterly unique Glazed Alley! All this and FREE downtown parking!
https://www.verdantworks.co.uk/reopening-of-verdant-works-information/
#onemillmanystories #DundeeIsOpen #DundeeIsNow #SunnyDundee #lovedundee

We are open and ready for you to visit - Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday’s 11am to 4.30pm.Come and explore ...
17/07/2020

We are open and ready for you to visit - Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday’s 11am to 4.30pm.

Come and explore Dundee’s remarkable industrial and social history in this charming 19th century mill setting.

#onemillmanystories #verdantdundee #MadeInDundee

James Laing is a now forgotten Dundee inventor who's creative mind revolutionised the textile industry, with the develop...
15/07/2020

James Laing is a now forgotten Dundee inventor who's creative mind revolutionised the textile industry, with the development of a highly successful overhead sack sewing machine. He was the son of a manufacturer and started his life as a weaver. He endowed Dundee University with a scientific bursary. You can see his grave within the Western Cemetery on Perth Road, Dundee.

Our Edwardian mill manager Mr Forrester's flax continues to grow in his garden. When the Verdant Works opened in 1833 fl...
11/07/2020

Our Edwardian mill manager Mr Forrester's flax continues to grow in his garden. When the Verdant Works opened in 1833 flax was the main textile crop of the Dundee region and with the help of steam powered spinning mills like the Verdant, it was spun into yarn for the weavers who produced the cloth.

Today we're in Carnoustie, a town very much shaped by the linen hand loom weaving boom of the late 1700s. But it isn't h...
08/07/2020

Today we're in Carnoustie, a town very much shaped by the linen hand loom weaving boom of the late 1700s. But it isn't hand loom weaving we're interested in, but the power loom factory of James Smieton & Co. The Panmure Works of 1857 at its height employed 600 people, operating around 400 looms producing 6 million yards of linen and jute annually. The best preserved part is the 21 bay, 2 storey calendar which faces the railway line, which has been restored as the headquarters of DJ LAING Group. James Smieton was a benevolent employer, building the nearby Panmure Institute to provide a library, billiards room and concert venue for the education and recreation of his workers.

Exciting news! We will be reopening Verdant Works on FRIDAY 17TH JULY! This will be exactly 4 months since we had to clo...
06/07/2020

Exciting news! We will be reopening Verdant Works on FRIDAY 17TH JULY! This will be exactly 4 months since we had to close our doors and we cannot wait to welcome you all back to our beautiful mill!
We are now working hard to ensure that we have everything in place to allow you to fully enjoy your visit, with additional signage and hygiene facilities being provided throughout.
Keep an eye on our social media and website for more information on admission times, prices and details of what to expect on your visit as the work progresses towards the opening day! Hope to see you all very soon!
#VerdantDundee #MadeInDundee #OneMillManyStories

Time to get your thinking caps on! Here's an exam paper from 1948 for Jute Weaving at Dundee Technical College (now Aber...
02/07/2020

Time to get your thinking caps on! Here's an exam paper from 1948 for Jute Weaving at Dundee Technical College (now Abertay University). Feel free to answer the questions - we would be fascinated to see your answers! Textile engineering courses were an integral part of Abertay's activities until the 1980s, providing a solid education to thousands in the jute industry in Dundee and environs as well as India and Bangladesh. BTW the clock is ticking and you still have 5 questions to answer ;)

A group of weavers c1900 from the Bowbridge Works of J&A Grimmond. Notice how young many of the group are. Other points ...
29/06/2020

A group of weavers c1900 from the Bowbridge Works of J&A Grimmond. Notice how young many of the group are. Other points to notice are the wearing of leather palm protectors and tools around the waist. Bowbridge Works on Dens Road / Thistle Street was started in 1857 and largely complete by the mid 1880s. The site was demolished between 1984 and 1987. Do you recognise anyone in the photo - is your great (great) gran proudly looking out across the mists of time?

Mr Forrester, Mill Manager sends greetings. He provides this hand tinted photo of the flax growing in his garden. It was...
25/06/2020

Mr Forrester, Mill Manager sends greetings. He provides this hand tinted photo of the flax growing in his garden. It was planted at the start of May. With the warm weather it will really start to shoot up in height and fingers crossed will reach 3 feet or 1 metre. Flax is the plant you get linen from and was the reason the Verdant Works was built.

Grave matters: grave markers (stones) are an amazing historical resource and window into the past. Here's a grave stone ...
23/06/2020

Grave matters: grave markers (stones) are an amazing historical resource and window into the past. Here's a grave stone from the burial ground at Arbroath Abbey. It was erected by a John Peter Junior and his wife Jean in memory of their children, around 1800. John was a manufacturer, i.e. a master weaver who operated a small weaving shop (most likely on his own property). This was located at Wardmill Croft, an area later known as The Wyndies. This historical textile neighbourhood was demolished in the 1960s, and is now home to the streets of Wardmill Road and Strathairlie Avenue.

This is the Alma Works which was home to the famous Arbroath firm of Francis Webster & Co. They can trace their origins ...
18/06/2020

This is the Alma Works which was home to the famous Arbroath firm of Francis Webster & Co. They can trace their origins back to the 1790's and operated until the 1990's, being the last textile company in the town. The Alma Works dates from the 1850's. It is named after a Crimean War battle which was fought by the River Alma (the word means apple). The works is sited by the Brothock Burn. Websters are famous for developing oiled sail cloth which was superior to the existing materials of the time.

Tune in to our sister museum tomorrow for the first of their virtual tour videos! Would you like to see a virtual tour o...
18/06/2020

Tune in to our sister museum tomorrow for the first of their virtual tour videos! Would you like to see a virtual tour of Verdant Works too? Let us know in the comments section!

Exciting news. Our virtual guided tour of the Discovery will begin tomorrow with the first video covering a whistle stop tour of the adventures of the ship and her various uses throughout the years!
#DiscoveryDundee #MadeinDundee #DesignedForAdventure

17/06/2020
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

We love this video by our friends at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and Scotland Street School! We think Miss Crabbit and our own Mill Manager, Mr Forrester would have got on well together ;) The Victorian era was a time in Scotland when opportunities for education grew, and by the turn of the 20th Century all children were legally obliged to attend school.

Miss Crabbit is back for this week's Museum School Social!

Our Victorian school teacher from Scotland Street School Museum is checking up on your handwriting and is teaching you how children in Victorian times would have been taught how to write. You can give it a go yourself.

You can also download our special template below to help with "copperplate writing". Miss Crabbit says that people who write with their left hand are "posessed by the devil". Of course this is not true and is based on superstitions that have, in the past, been shared in many cultures around the world; including in Victorian Britain. Luckily we know nowadays there is nothing wrong with being left-handed, in fact evidence suggests 'lefties' are actually more creative.

Why not try writing a thank-you card to your teachers before they leave for the summer with your non-dominant hand?

From stowers on Sunday we move to beamers. The spools from the winding department are loaded onto a framework called a b...
16/06/2020

From stowers on Sunday we move to beamers. The spools from the winding department are loaded onto a framework called a bank from which the yarn is drawn and wound onto the wooden reel or swift to a measured length. These "ends" are then tied into the beam, which is set in motion pulling the ends onto it - this forms the warp threads - these are loaded into the back of the loom ready for weaving. The picture shows a group five men in a beaming department - it is inscribed on the rear with "Robert Milne - uncle [uncle of donor] at work in Brochies Mill, a dresser in the jute mill, Old Arbroath Road, Dundee". Brochie's Mill was the Lilybank Factory, later part of the SCWS Taybank Works (the last jute mill to close in Dundee). The name "Brochies" came from a former owner, Storrier, Brough & Co.

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West Henderson's Wynd
Dundee
DD1 5BT

25 minutes walk from Dundee Bus Station, 15 minutes walk from Dundee Railway Station, 3 miles from Dundee Airport. Getting on the No. 22 bus our stop is the one before the roundabout on Hawkhill (this is valid in both directions). To get off on Lochee Road, near the Magnet saleroom, you have the option of bus numbers 17. 28, 29 or 57/59. If you get lost, give us a call!

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Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30

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I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Verdant Works and Discovery Point for the surprise of these beautiful flowers ( emotional wreck now ) they’ve cheered me right up after a bad month but hopefully I will be back at work soon fighting fit and annoying the life out of you all again 😀
What is the word verdant.
I like that place.
Boa noite amigo
Not that long ago but this is a picture I took down at Dundee Docks around 1978 when they still landed raw jute bales. Originally posted this on ‘Dundonian History for all’ and relatives and friends added names to the picture which is great. Andy McDonald added this comment 'Front left is Harry Warden, the guy with the tammy is my father John McDonald, the tall guy in middle is George Longmuir, and the guy on the left is Jackie Broon'. James Mclaughlin added 'the guy on the right is my partners grandad Jim Mcghee' Judy Robertson suggested I post it here as well.
Thank you so much to all the staff at the Verdant Works. Special thanks to the lady who showed us around the main part of the works. I’m sorry I didn’t catch her name. She used to work in the mills. She was so kind to my wife Janet, who is blind. She made sure that Janet got to feel all the different stages of the jute production and the shuttles etc. It made a massive difference to Janet to have someone at hand who was able to help her enjoy the experience of her visit, even if she could see very little of it. Whoever you are, you are an absolute star. Thank you!
Hi, planning to perhaps visit soon as I haven't for many years and I was wondering if you are allowed to take photos when visiting, thanks!
This is my favorite photo I took while visiting your beautiful museum.
Nice to meet Mill Manager Mr John Forrester and Mill Worker Lily while volunteering at the Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition at Verdant Works
Amazing exhibition , beautifully displayed Great Tapestry of Scotland part 2. Special thanks to those involved in the second Roslin Chapel panel.
Had a lovely time here on Thursday. Great museum and lovely tea and cake ! And a special mention to errol who was interesting and informative.
Enjoying story time with Anna