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Baxter Park Trustees

  • Corporate body
  • 1860-1908
Baxter Park was donated to the community by Sir David Baxter of Kilmaron (1793-1872) and his sisters Eleanor and Mary Anne (1800-1884). The layout of the park's 37 acres was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and included grassy areas, terraced walks and shrubberies which offered 'a most agreeable summer promenade affording beautiful recreation and pure air to all classes.' In the pavilion at the centre of the park, a marble statue of Sir David was erected, paid for by public subscription. On 9 September 1863 Baxter Park was opened by John Russsell, 1st Earl Russell (a former and future Prime Minister) in front of a crowd of over 70,000 people. Originally estimated to have cost £50,000, Baxter Park was placed under the charge of Trustees. In 1908, because the Trust Investments were no longer enough to maintain the park, the Trustees handed over responsibility to the Town Council.

Bonar Long & Co. Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1936-1994
George Bonar, Managing Director of Low & Bonar, invited Tom Long, an electrical engineer, and his colleague, Henrik Rissik, to Dundee to launch their new company for manufacturing mercury arc rectifiers, transformers and electric arc welding equipment, at premises in part of the Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd., Dundee factory, a subsidiary of Low and Bonar. The lease for the new company, Bonar Long & Co. Ltd, began in October 1936. In 1994 the company became part of ABB Power T&D Ltd, based in Aberdeen, maker of telegraph and telephone apparatus and equipment
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British Association for the Advancement of Science: Tayside and Fife Branch

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-2019
The British Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1831. The Tayside Area Committee was set up in 1960 for the purpose of organising a lecture service for schools in the area. In 1974 following a general re-organisation of the Association and introduction of a new constitution, the Tayside and Fife branch was formed and the Area Committee reconstituted as a Branch Committee.
The objects of the Branch, under the terms of its constitution drawn up in 1974, are 'to provide on behalf of the council of the British Association within the Tayside and Fife Regions an inter-disciplinary forum for scientists and technologists; to promote a wider understanding of the problems and achievements of science and technology and their consequences for the nation; especially to encourage young people to take an interest in science by supporting BAYS [British Association Young Scientists]; and to develop the activity of the constituent organs of the British Association towards these ends'.
However, after a change in the constitution of the Association, the Branch could no longer function effectively and it wound up in 2019.

Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-
The Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club originated due to ex-service men and women's ongoing enthusiasm for outdoor life. It was founded in 1949 in Forfar, because it was easy for members to cycle or bus to Glen Clova. Carn Dearg translated from Gaelic is 'Red Hills' i.e. the Red Craigs of Glen Clova. Its base was later moved to Dundee but members are spread across Scotland and England. Throughout the year the Society runs monthly and weekend trips to Scotland's most spectacular mountain areas. It caters for all forms of mountaineering activity and membership allows users to have access to members-only mountaineering bothies. The club today (2014) has approximately 80 members of all ages and abilities. Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club website

Carnoustie Golf Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1842-

Carnoustie Golf Club was formally established in 1842 and is based at what has been described as one of the toughest links courses in the world. Golf is known to have been played at Carnoustie from as early as the 1500s and the club is known to have been in existence for some time before its formal foundation. The club is believed to be among the ten oldest surviving golf clubs in the world.

The Club has produced several first class players and in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many Carnoustie golfers went to the United States where they became professionals. These included the famed Smith brothers. When the Professional Golfers' Association of America was founded in 1916, nearly half of the 82 professional members were from Carnoustie.

A golf course was first laid out at Carnoustie in the 1830s by the publisher Robert Chalmers. The current course was designed by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris in the 1850s and was modified and extended by Morris in the 1860s and redesigned by James Braid in the 1920s. The course has staged the Open Championships several times including in 1999 when Scotland's Paul Lawrie won one of the most dramatic championships. The clubhouse dates from 1898.

Club 66

  • Corporate body
  • 1966-
The Club is made up of members who were medical students and qualified in 1966 from Queen's College, Dundee. It was formed to organise student reunions

D C Thomson & Co Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • c1905-
D C Thomson & Co. Ltd are publishers primarily based in Dundee. They are responsible for over 200 million publications a year. They publish newspapers, magazines and comics including The Courier and Advertiser, The Sunday Post, The People's Friend, The Dandy and The Beano. Since the launch of The Dandy in 1937 the firm has been well known as a publisher of children's comics and many of the UK's leading comic artists have worked on the publications.

D J MacDonald Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1892-1984
The company was founded in 1892 by David J MacDonald (1857-1940) initially at works in Dens Road, moving after three years to South Saint Roque's Works. In 1901 the Company purchased the stock, goodwill and buildings in Ward Road of A C Scott (mill-furnisher). The mill-furnishing business was removed to South Saint Roque's Works and the Ward Road property transformed into a garage, which the Rossleigh Company tenanted for 5 years. On the removal of the Rossleigh Company to other premises, the property was remodelled again and automobile engineering was added to the Company's other activities.
In 1920 D J MacDonald's elder (and only surviving) son, W R MacDonald, took over the general management of Saint Roque's Works and Garage. Later the businesses were transformed into two private limited companies: Saint Roque's Automobile Co Ltd in 1921, and D J MacDonald Ltd in 1922, with himself and his son and daughter as the only shareholders and directors; his son being General Manager of both Companies.
D J MacDonald Ltd was voluntarily wound up in 1984, although part of the company was bought by Perth Foundry Ltd, and continued to trade under the name of MacDonald Engineering (Dundee) Ltd, at Hawkhill Court, Mid Wynd for the 'manufacture of sack sewing machinery, special purpose machining, general engineering, installation, maintenance and repair'.
Saint Roques Automobile Co Ltd was not affected. D J MacDonald manufactured an extremely wide range of machinery but tended to specialise in those concerned with the finishing processes of textiles; sewing machines, printing machines and proofing/impregnating machines.

Design in Action

  • Corporate body
  • 2012-2016
The Design in Action (DiA) project ran from June 2012 to December 2016 was a funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and Creative Scotland. The collaborative knowledge exchange was led by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and partnered with Abertay University, Glasgow School of Art, Gray's College of Art at Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews.

Development Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1990s-2003
During the 1990s the Development Office was based in Cross Row and promoted the University. It included within its sphere the Alumni Office and Appeals and Campaigns. In 2003 the Development Office became External Relations and moved to the Tower. Alumni Relations remained part of the department but remained in Cross Row. It became the Alumni and Development Office in 2007 after combining with Trusts & Foundations fundraising as well as specific campaigns - Diabetes Research etc. The Press Office and Student Recruitment and Admissions also became part of External Relations.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-
Until 1975 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art was the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology. However, in 1975, the Institute spit, to become the Institute of Technology, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. In 1994, the art college became a faculty of Dundee University.

Dundee Association of the British Federation of University Women/ Graduate Women Scotland East

  • Corporate body
  • 1907-
The British Federation of University Women (now the British Federation of Women Graduates) was founded in 1907. It is an organisation of women with degrees or equivalent qualifications working to promote women's opportunities in education and public life, foster local, national and international friendship, and improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.
The Dundee Association of the British Federation of University Women was founded in 1945.
The Dundee Association of University Women changed its name to Graduate Women Scotland East in 2016 and remained under the umbrella of the British Federation of Women Graduates.

Dundee Limb Fitting Centre

  • Corporate body
  • 1965-1999
Dundee Limb Fitting Centre was originally based in Broughty Ferry, founded in 1965 by Professor George Murdoch, who specialised in the study of prosthetics and officially opened by legendary amputee and air ace Sir Douglas Bader. It moved to the Tayside Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology Centre by Ninewells Hospital in 1999.

Dundee Medical Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1882-2019
Dundee Medical Club was founded in 1882. It had grown out of meetings of doctors who were associated with the medical library and who found meeting beneficial so founded a social club.
Meetings were initially on Saturday each month at the Queens Hotel with an annual dinner. The club continued meeting regularly except during the world wars and in its later years arranged events and talks. Initially for medics and dentists, but a separate Dental Club was founded in 1909.
The Medical Club continued until 2019.

Dundee Medical School

  • Corporate body
  • 1904-
In 1881, when University College Dundee was founded, the city of Dundee contained the Royal Infirmary and the Royal Lunatic Asylum which would provide medical teaching space for the new institution. The College however, had no power to award degrees. The Faculty of Medicine was established in Dundee in 1897 as a joint venture between the University of St Andrews and University College Dundee.
Buildings for the Dundee Medical School were officially opened in 1904, with the intention of accommodating 100–150 students. Proposals for the design of the new hospital and medical school (Ninewells) were put forward in 1960 but the building was not completed until 1the 1970s. The building cost around 10.5 million to construct and it was opened by the Queen Mother in October 1974. It was the second purpose built medical school in the UK and is affiliated with the University of Abertay and the University of Dundee.
The School of Medicine now encompasses undergraduate, postgraduate, specialist teaching centres and four research divisions.

Dundee Medical Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1864-2019
The Dundee Medical Society was formed in 1864. The object of the society was to receive communications on medicine and surgery and to hold meetings to converse on medical topics, to provide the members with the means of procuring books and periodicals and to promote professional improvement by any other means. The society lapsed c.1871, and was reconstituted in 1882 as the Dundee Medical Club. The primary purpose of this body was to provide opportunities for practitioners to socialise.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-
The Film Festival was originally the idea of John Burdin as a way of raising funds for the construction of a new bridge at Bachnagarin, Glen Doll, in memory of Roy Tait. The first was held in 1983 and was so successful it became an annual event. In recent years it has been held in the Bonar Hall, Dundee.

Dundee Power Loom Tenters Society

  • Corporate body
  • fl 1911-1923
The Dundee Power Loom Tenters Society was a trade union for tenters and power loom weavers. The Society flourished in the period 1911-1923.

Dundee Repertory Theatre

  • Corporate body
  • 1939-
Dundee Repertory Theatre was founded in 1939 out of a collaboration between Robert Thornely who had managed the last touring company to perform at Dundee and who was looking for a home for his professional company and the amateur company the Dundee Dramatic Company. The first theatre was housed in a disused jute mill, and became known as the Nicoll St Theatre. Between 1946-1955, the Dundee Repertory Theatre Company regularly did three week tours, visiting several burghs around Angus and North Fife.
The Nicoll St premises were destroyed by a fire in 1963, and the Company continued to perform in the Palace Theatre and Camperdown Park during the summer, before moving to a church building on Lochee Road. This served as the theatre's home until the new Dundee Rep Theatre was opened in 1982. Work on this modern theatre began in January 1979 on land donated by the University of Dundee, raising over £200, 000 through a public appeal to finish the building.
Dundee Rep Ensemble was established in 1999 and is the only permanent full-time company of actors in Scotland. Dundee Rep is also home to The Scottish Dance Theatre and both companies work with communities in Dundee and across the region

Dundee Royal Infirmary

  • Corporate body
  • 1782-1998

Dundee Royal Infirmary had its origins in the Voluntary Dispensary founded in the city by public subscription in 1782. This proved so beneficial to the community that in 1793 Dr. Small proposed that an Infirmary for indoor patients should be founded. His proposal was realised in 1798, when the first 56-bed Dundee Infirmary was erected at King Street. Only the central portion was built at the time, the wings being erected in 1825-27. The Infirmary was granted a Royal Charter by George III in 1819, establishing it into a Body Corporate and Politic, called the "Dundee Royal Infirmary and Asylum". In 1820 the Asylum was formally established as a separate entity in premises in Albert Street, Dundee.

By the mid nineteenth century the King Street premises were no longer adequate and in 1852 building started on a new site in Barrack Road, near Dudhope Castle. Designed by Messrs. Coe & Godwin of London, it was completed and opened in February 1855, when patients were transferred from King Street. Originally constructed to accommodate 220 patients, later additions were made and the hospital began to diversify its services with new children's, ear and eye, ear nose and throat wards and an out patient clinic. The infirmary was granted further Royal Charters in 1877 and 1898 - the former on the occasion of the opening of a convalescent home at Barnhill and the latter providing for the addition of a maternity hospital.

In July 1948 the running of the Infirmary was transferred to the National Health Service in accordance with the 1947 National Health Service (Scotland) Act. The hospital closed in 1998, after all services were transferred to Ninewells Hopsital

Dundee Satellite Receiving Station

  • Corporate body
  • 1979-2019
Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (DSRS) captures broadcasts from satellites passing in range of its receivers, giving scientists a handy one-stop shop for getting hold of data such as climate and meteorological information.
It arose from work done in the 1960s by Peter Baylis and Dr John Brush on picking up data from weather satellites. A 3.7-metre reflector was acquired, and the team was able to take data from the Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR) instrument on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 4 and 5 satellites. The two spacecraft were launched in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
Archival of the data began in 1978, with the launch by NOAA of the TIROS-N satellite, which operated until 1981 and carried the first Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) instrument.
Funding of the DSRS to capture and distribute the data to UK researchers was taken care of by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Storing the data presented a challenge for the team – initially 75MB of raw data was generated by each satellite pass, more like 93MB when converted from 10-bit to 16-bit data. To put that in context, the first 5.25-inch hard drive, the Shugart ST506, debuted in 1980 with a mighty 5MB of capacity. DSRS therefore used a 14-track tape recorder to capture the data, running at a slightly slower than normal 29.5 inches per second in order to squeeze two passes on a single track. The tape recorder continued to be used as a backup even when the team moved to Sun workstations toward the end of the 1980s. The Sun hardware was also able to process the data in real-time (unlike the PDP-11 originally used). Fans of retro hardware will also be delighted to note that quick-look images for browsing purposes were generated from the data using an ancient Muirhead fax machine, dating back to the first half of the 20th century. Admittedly, the team stripped out the old electronics and retuned the motors to run synchronous to the satellite data rate, but the fact the machine remained in use until the early 2000s is undeniably impressive. Improvements in inkjets and a drop in demand for photographic products were what ended the machine's long life rather than a mechanical failure.
By the time funding had been cut, DSRS had around 388TB of storage at its disposal. Handy, because the data being used had hit 1.5GB for the NASA Terra and Aqua spacecraft alone. Indeed, the DSRS has obtained data from a wide variety of satellites, including Nimbus-7, SeaStar and further NOAA spacecraft as well as Meteosat (although for the latter, data is normally only archived for a few days). So impressed was the ESA with the team's efforts that the original developers ended up commissioned to publish a design and construction manual for others to create similar systems.
The Dundee Satellite Receiving Station was closed at the end of April 2019 after 40 years due to funding being cut. and currently operates commercially as Dundee Satellite Station Ltd, based at Errol (

Dundee University Operatic Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1963-
Student society which produces a full-scale musical every year, as well as staging a number of concerts and smaller shows.

Dundee University Press

  • Corporate body
  • 2003-2013
Established in 2003 as a limited company, the DUP published a range of subjects, including law, history and poetry, edited and authored by academics attached to the University of Dundee. In 2013, the company was bought by Edinburgh University Press.
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