Abertay Historical Society


The Abertay Historical Society was founded at a meeting in University College, Dundee on 29 May, 1947 by the Principal, Major-General D.N. Wimberley and History Lecturer, Dr Wainwright. It was formed to encourage the study of local history in Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife. The Society and the University have maintained close links, many members and office-holders have been University staff and many publications are authored by University post-graduates. We continue to offer a prize annually for the student dissertation which makes the greatest contribution to local history.

The Society’s original remit has been implemented through talks and lectures, excursions and annual publications, and with other agencies, we have also lobbied for the preservation of local historical buildings. We were instrumental in the creation of Dundee Heritage Trust and Dundee Civic Trust. The Society also takes part in the Dundee Afternoon Lectures series, which is run jointly by the Dundee Centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Dundee Members’ Group of the National Trust for Scotland, the Dundee Naturalists’ Society and the Abertay Historical Society.

The Society’s programme of lectures covers topics as diverse as ancient and modern archaeology, social, industrial and political history, gender and recreational history, literature, biography and music. Events have included visits and workshops at museums and archives as well as concerts and book launches.

The Society strongly maintains its interest in promoting research about the Abertay area, so let us know if you’ve undertaken any local historical research or are considering doing so.


Abertay Historical Society, Museum Services, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN
01382 384310



Matthew Jarron
General Secretary
01382 384310

Other information

The society has a number of its annual publications still in print and some of its out-of-print titles are available to download for free from the website abertay.org.uk.

Events List

Date Title Town/City
8 May, 2024 - 18:30 AGM & Egyptology in Dundee – its origins to the present day Dundee
10 April, 2024 - 18:30 From Deep Time to Our Time – The Work of the Cateran Ecomuseum Dundee
13 March, 2024 - 18:30 Legacy of Victory – Observations on the History of Camperdown Park Dundee
14 February, 2024 - 18:30 Life and Death in Victorian Sunnyside Dundee
13 December, 2023 - 18:30 Katharine Atholl, Scotland’s first woman MP Dundee
14 November, 2023 - 18:30 Brothers in Arms - the French Connection Dundee
8 November, 2023 - 18:30 HMS Unicorn, Past, Present & Future Dundee
18 October, 2023 - 18:30 Sugar, Slaves and High Society - The Grants of Kilgraston Dundee