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. 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 secretary Matthew Jarron on museum@dundee.ac.uk


With funding support from Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee Museums and the Alexander Moncur Trust, the Abertay Historical Society has now appointed a Project Co-ordinator for 6 months to lead this project. Her main aim will be to engage members of the local community to research and promote the history of Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. She will seek to identify and work with volunteers and relevant organisations and special interest groups to uncover this hidden history and bring it to light through various public outputs.

A public launch event for the project will take place online as part of Black History Month on Wed 20 October at 7pm – details will be added to this site when available.

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)