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 keen to undertake a project exploring local black, Asian and minority ethnic history, aiming 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 support from Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee Museum Services and the Alexander Moncur Trust, the Abertay Historical Society is seeking to appoint a Project Co-ordinator on a consultancy basis for 6 months to lead this project. The main aim is to engage members of the local community to research and promote the history of Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. The Project Co-ordinator 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.

Full details of the post and how to apply are available by following this link – AHS Multicultural History Project Co-Ordinator Brief

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)