The Albert Institute (now The McManus) was established in 1867 by individual subscriptions as Dundee’s first museum and art gallery. The project, funded by Heritage Lottery, is set up to mark the McManus’s 150th anniversary.

Researchers like you will collect information on the original 261 subscribers, working with historians and archivists from Dundee. No knowledge of historical research is required. You may have an interest in local history or in your own family tree but this is not a requirement. There will be training and support for each person who is new to this kind of work. Over 2 months you will work with a group at a library near you led by an experienced researcher.

If you decide to take part, you’ll be uncovering the hidden history of Dundee and will be learning new skills. Each volunteer will leave a lasting legacy as the information you collect will be held on a website free and accessible to all. This is about your city and your history!

You will also have the opportunity, if you wish, to take part in our final celebration, including taking the findings of the project out to communities in Dundee in the summer of 2018.

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