Woven Together – Multicultural History Project

How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? How were notable black visitors to the city received (Paul Robeson, Jack Johnson etc)? How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city?

The Abertay Historical Society is leading a project exploring local Black, Asian and minority ethnic history, working in partnership with Dundee City Council and the University of Dundee Museums and with additional funding support from the Alexander Moncur Trust. The project aims to gather together existing knowledge and material and uncover new information through further research. But we need your help! We hope to recruit a wide range of volunteers to help reveal this hidden history, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact project co-ordinator Urenna Adegbotolu on woventogetherdundee@gmail.com


A public launch event for the project will take place online as part of Black History Month on Wed 20 October at 7pm – book via Eventbrite.

Read a short history of ethnic diversity in Dundee.

Portrait of a black life model by Angus P Sturrock, 1932

Portrait of a Black life model at Dundee College of Art by Angus P Sturrock, 1932 (image courtesy of University of Dundee Archives Services)