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! In 2020 we ran a survey to help us define the scope of the project, which we hope to start as soon as Covid restrictions allow. 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

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)