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!

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Our Sustainability Strategy

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

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ABOUT US

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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
COLLECTIONS

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.

Learning

Secondary Schools

What’s On offer

Our education programme has been consistently recognised by the coveted Sandford Award. We welcome school groups from all over the world; and look forward to seeing you aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery and at Verdant Works Museum!

Workshops

Discovery Point
Verdant Works
WORKSHOP

Antarctic Explorers

Looking beyond Scott and Shackleton at the other early explorers of the Antarctic using historical enquiry methods.

This workshop is suitable for groups studying history and wanting a practical introduction to historical enquiry or on how to look for ‘hidden histories’ and how historians work to uncover the stories of marginalised people.

SUITABLE FOR
Age 4 – 14
STUDENTS PER WORKSHOP
10 – 40
PRICE
£5.50 per student
WORKSHOP

Why Dundee?

Using our new Dome film, students will investigate – using research methods – and identify why Dundee was chosen as the place to launch the Discovery.

This workshop is great for groups studying history and wanting a practical introduction to historical enquiry and/or who are doing a localised study on Dundee and the industrial revolution.

SUITABLE FOR
Age 11 – 16
STUDENTS PER WORKSHOP
10 – 40
PRICE
£5.50 per student
WORKSHOP

Victorian Objects

Students get to look, touch, and smell common objects and clothing from the Victorian era whilst learning about what every day would have been like for the rich and poor in the age of the Industrial Revolution.

This workshop works well for groups studying Victorian lives, the Industrial revolution, Dundee or who want to have fun immersing themselves in a historic setting.

SUITABLE FOR
Age 5 – 14
STUDENTS PER WORKSHOP
10 – 40
PRICE
£5.50 per student
WORKSHOP

Weaving

Investigate our looms and then spend some time learning the art of weaving.

This works well for groups studying art or who prefer alternative, hands-on ways of learning.

SUITABLE FOR
Age 6+
STUDENTS PER WORKSHOP
10 – 40
PRICE
£5.50 per student
WORKSHOP

The Sun Never Sets – Dundee's links to the British Empire at Verdant Works Museum

Investigating Dundee’s links to the British Empire – using The Highlands, Ireland, America and India as subjects – and the constraints museums face as part of the discussion.  

This workshop is suitable for groups studying travel, tourism, politics, or history. 

SUITABLE FOR
Age 11+
STUDENTS PER WORKSHOP
10 – 40
PRICE
£5.50 per student

Talks

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Talks
Discovery Point
Verdant Works
Talk

The RRS Discovery Story

RRS Discovery’s three main Antarctic expeditions.
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

Antarctica, the Last Unknown

The origins of the Golden Age of Antarctic Discovery
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

Leadership

How the leadership styles of Scott and Shackleton can influence our own leadership styles
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

How a museum is run

A talk into how museums are run; the roles and departments that make them function; and the purpose of museums in the 21st Century.
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

History of Dundee

A talk that covers the history of Dundee and its place in Scotland and the UK from medieval times to today.
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

One Mill, Many Stories

The history of Verdant Works and the textile industries of Dundee
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

Uncomfortable Verdant

The uncomfortable past of Verdant works, from child exploitation, its involvement in the slave trade and links to Colonial India
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

How a museum is run

A talk into how museums are run; the roles and departments that make them function; and the purpose of museums in the 21st Century.
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30
Talk

History of Dundee

A talk that covers the history of Dundee and its place in Scotland and the UK from medieval times to today.
Suitable for Age 6+
Group size 10 – 60
Duration 90 mins
Prices from £30

Contact our Education team

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