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 getting involved, please contact project co-ordinator Urenna Adegbotolu on woventogetherdundee@gmail.com

LAUNCH EVENT – a public launch event for the project took place as part of Black History Month on 20 October 2021 – watch the recording here.

Visit the project website

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)