150th Anniversary

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Happy Birthday To Us as McManus Celebrated its 150th Anniversary!

150th anniversary

In 2017 The McManus was an astonishing 150 years old, and to celebrate this major landmark an exciting year-long programme of exhibitions was held, highlighting the important role it has played past and present as a major cultural attraction.

We put together a packed calendar featuring something that would appeal to everyone, and hope you to came along and join us for what was to be a memorable year in Dundee’s best loved building!

Highlights included:

  • Fire and  Stone – a fascinating exhibition exploring the history and archaeology of the Laws of Monifieth, and the process behind creating contemporary responses to ancient metal and stone artefacts.
  • Two stunning fine art exhibitions – Out Of The Frame: Scottish Abstraction and Sense of Place – are a ‘must see’, where you could revel in artworks by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Calum Innes and a major new acquisition by Victoria Morton. Plus work drawn from Dundee’s nationally significant fine art collection including work by the Glasgow Boys, James McIntosh Patrick and Joan Eardley.
  • The Maritime Quarter – an exciting new permanent exhibition of ship models highlighting Dundee’s rich maritime history, which also features some of the recently acquired DP&L models.
  • Festival of Museums McManus 150: The People’s Story was our highlight event for May on Saturday 20th 2017, which hosted a special day of family activities, live music, poetry, dance, guided tours and living history performances – all inspired by The McManus’ past, present and future generations of visitors and supporters.
  • Dundee Preserves…. no, it’s not about marmalade, as you might think, but a show which provided a rare opportunity to view some of the work carried out by our conservation staff. Find out how new technology has helped us research our Egyptian Mummy, and take a look at paintings before and after conservation.
  • Specially created work by artist Calum Colvin entitled ‘Museography: Calum Colvin Reflects on The McManus Collections’, sat beside existing work in various gallery spaces throughout The McManus..

…… and if that’s not enough, the fun continued with….

  • Saturday Studio workshops with our Creative Learning Team for children and families, where you could indulge in fun activities inspired by The McManus’ exhibits and displays
  • ‘A Day to Play’ where you could spend a magical afternoon with Shaper/Caper and take part in interactive performance workshops
  • Meet McManus Talks & Tours – was the chance find out all you need to know, from Mysterious Moths to The Art of Portraiture in this series of informative lunchtime tours and gallery talks
  • Collection Highlights talks gave you an insight into the work of our curatorial and conservation teams
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