Heritage Brought to Life

Discover the stories of Dundee’s people and the city’s industrial past; hear the roar of mill machinery; try Dundee’s famous cake; and more, as the city’s heritage is brought to life in our beautiful 1830s jute mill.

Discovery Repairs: Explore the Build

Experience conservation work undertaken by Scottish engineers using traditional methods, to restore Discovery’s ageing timbers as she approaches her 100th anniversary as a Royal Research Ship in 2025!

Adopt an Object

Support us to care for our nationally significant Polar and Jute Collections.

Become a Corporate Supporter

Discover the difference your business could make to our work in Dundee.

Our Sustainability Strategy

At Dundee Heritage Trust, we are committed to protecting and sharing our local and global heritage for current and future generations.

Latest News

Keep up to date with news and stories from Discovery Point and Verdant Works Museum.

Polar Publications

Celebrate two iconic publications from within our Polar Collections; the famous South Polar Times compiled on Discovery in 1902, and Shackleton’s rare Aurora Australis.

The Boss

As 2024 marks #Shackleton150, we look at just some of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Discovery story, and how his first trip to Antarctica paved the way for an incredible career in Polar exploration.

About Us

Our Organisation

Dundee Heritage Trust and its operating company, Dundee Industrial Heritage Limited, are both registered charities formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee’s industrial past.

Dundee Heritage Trust sprang from a small dedicated band of local people concerned that unless action was taken, important aspects of the city’s history would be lost forever. Trustees are drawn from a diverse range of community and business interests in Dundee and Tayside.

Who we are

Our Board

  • David Henry


    David was born in Dundee and went to school at Blackness Primary and Harris Academy before going on to university. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he worked for a multi-national property advisory company at the Director level and now has his own consultancy operating UK-wide. His ancestry goes back over two hundred years in the city and includes forefathers who worked in the jute industry. David is also an accomplished polar adventurer, having skied to both the North and South Poles and has taken part in several other remote area expeditions, too. Consequently, he has a strong interest in and knowledge of polar history. He is also currently a Trustee of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

  • Richard Neville


    Richard Neville is a journalist with extensive experience in the Scottish media. He is a director of the media and communications consultancy Neville Robertson Communications Ltd. He was previously the Head of Newspapers for DC Thomson Media, overseeing The Courier and The Evening Telegraph in Dundee and The Press and Journal and The Evening Express in Aberdeen, as well as The Sunday Post. He previously edited both The Courier and The Press and Journal.

    Richard is passionate about helping to drive change in Dundee and devised and launched the successful Courier Business Awards to help celebrate success across the region. Richard is also a board member of Creative Dundee and a member of the Fundraising Board at The Maggie’s Centre in Dundee.

    Previously Richard was Editor of Business a.m., the critically acclaimed Scottish daily business and political newspaper that closed in 2003. He has also been Deputy Editor of The Scotsman and worked as a reporter for The Daily Record and Edinburgh Evening News, and ran the newsdesk of the York Evening Press.

  • Angus Douglas


    Angus is currently Group Finance Director of Star Refrigeration, the UK’s largest industrial refrigeration engineering company. A graduate of Dundee University and Chartered Accountant, training with KPMG at their Royal Exchange offices in Dundee from 1992 to 1997.

    Angus maintained his connections with Dundee over the next 6 years whilst working with Low & Bonar across head-office, divisional and business unit roles as his industrial experience developed. International roles followed over 10 years with the Howden Group in the heavy engineering sector, including 4 years as European Industrial Fan Division MD, developing customer relationships for business expansion as well as turnaround and M&A projects.

  • Alison Neil MBE


    Alison is originally from Dumfries but moved to study at the University of Dundee in 1991, before joining NCR as a customer service engineer in 1992.

    She left her role as manager of a software engineering team at NCR in 2006, when she was recruited as a fundraiser for the newly established South Georgia Heritage Trust. Alison became CEO of the Trust later that year.

    Over the next decade under Alison’s leadership the South Georgia Heritage Trust successfully eradicated rats and mice from the island of South Georgia – the largest project of its kind ever undertaken – at a cost of £10 million, almost all of which the Trust raised from private sources.

    Alison was recently awarded an MBE for services to conservation.

  • Ron Smith


    Ron was born in Dundee and has had a career in investment and finance. His mother’s family came to Dundee from Barrowfield, Glasgow in the mid 18th century and the Walkinshaws operated a linen manufacturing and retail business in the city until the 1900s. After studying at the High School of Dundee and at Napier University in Edinburgh he worked for a London based family office, before taking over Glamis Investments, his family’s retail, finance, and property business, which was established in 1945 by his parents Alex and Janet Smith.

    Ron has been Chairperson of the Consumer Credit Association of the U.K. and in 2009 established Provisio, a private crowdfunding platform that provides equity to innovative and expanding businesses.

    Latterly he has become involved in social and community enterprises including the Circle Scotland CIC and the Violet Community Trust SCIO and has a passion for finding ways to empower the Dundee community to have self-belief and to realise their potential.
    Ron is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to Dundee Heritage Trust and is very enthusiastic and excited about its future developments and prospects at a pivotal time for the city.

    Outside of business he has been a successful athletics coach working with national and international athletes and teams. He is also a keen tennis player and snow skier.

  • Will Dawson


    Will is an elected member for the SNP within Dundee City Council. After leaving school he went on to higher education studying hospitality at Inverness College and worked for a number of years in the industry. He has since gone on to work for a major utilities company in a variety of roles. He became a Councillor for the then Eastport ward in 2003 and has been proud to represent the East End ward in which he lives since 2007. Will has been the convener of the City Development committee and is currently the convener of the Planning Committee.

  • Alastair Scott


    Alastair was born in Dundee, was educated at Dundee High School, then Croftinloan School, Pitlochry and the Glenalmond College. He completed his further education at Dundee Institute of Technology. As the 4th Generation in the family business of H&A Scott Ltd, Dundee, established in 1856, Alastair started as a Management Trainee, working in all Departments from the Jute Spinning Mill, through the Weaving Company to the modern Polypropylene Extrusion Plant in Glenrothes. He worked through different supervisory positions and became Managing Director in 1980.

    H & A. Scott Ltd was sold in 1984, when Alastair left to set up his own manufacturing textile plant in Monifieth, AG Scott Textiles Ltd. He was asked at that time to run a sister company Agripac, manufacturers of flexible intermediate bulk containers in Dundee. In 1988, Low and Bonar plc bought over the company and Alistair was appointed Managing Director of Bonar Textiles. In 1992 after a company restructure he took over as International Sales Director of the Textile Group with plants in Dundee and Belgium and offices in the USA, China and Holland. Alastair remained in that position until he retired in 2009, travelling worldwide selling artificial grass, carpet and technical yarns to all continents.

    Professional Memberships include:
    Association of Jute Spinners and Weavers
    European Association of Textile Polyolefins
    British Polyolefins Textile Association
    Synthetic Turf Council of the USA
    Federation of Intermediate Bulk Containers Association

    Dundee Community involvement includes:
    Following his father as a Prize Sponsor at Abertay University
    Past Deacon of the Weaver Trade of Dundee; 1980-1990
    Past Deacon Convenor of the Nine Trades of Dundee; 1991-1992
    Trustee of Dundee Heritage Trust
    Chairman of the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust
    Past President of the Rotary Club of Dundee
    Chairman of Dundee Alexandria Twinning Association
    Vice President of the Dundee and Angus Boys Brigade
    A Burgess of the City of Dundee


Executive Management Team

Ali Gellatly
Ship and Facilities Director

Emma Halford-Forbes
Heritage and Exhibitions Director

Jenny Minhinnick
Finance and Admin Director

Ashleigh Pink
Commercial Director

Who We Are


  • Brian Cox CBE


    A renowned Scottish actor with roles across stage and screen.

  • Lorraine Kelly CBE


    Scottish television presenter.

  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes


    British explorer, writer and poet with several endurance records.

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