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Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Posted onSeptember 9, 2014

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

 

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues will soon be celebrating the national event – Doors Open Day!

Doors Open Day at The Old Steeple
Saturday 13 September, Drop-in 10am-3pm and Guided Tours at 10.30-11.30am & 1-2pm
Drop in to the ground floor to see an amazing collection of medieval gravestones. Meet curators from The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum to find out more about these fascinating objects; or climb the Steeple itself on one of our informative guided tours.
Free. The Old Steeple, St Mary’s Tower, Overgate, Dundee
Booking for the Guided Tours is essential on (01382) 307200. Please note that guided tours are strenuous and are not suitable for under 5s or visitors with restricted mobility. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors Open Day at The McManus Collections Unit
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in to meet our friendly staff to find out more about the City’s collections held at McManus Collections Unit. On Saturday 13th, join zoo archaeologist Catherine Smith from Ardler Archaeology to learn more about animals in Tudor times, and see what you can find in the ‘Digging Box’. Over the weekend, visitors can also see a special display of objects relating to the 450th Anniversary of the Howff Graveyard. Before you leave the Collections Unit, pick up one of our free maps you can use to explore The Howff.
Free. The McManus Collections Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee, DD1 1PG
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Broughty Castle Museum
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in during Doors Open Day for a unique opportunity to view the Castle’s Magazine and find out more about its interesting history. Built in 1496 on a rocky promontory, Broughty Castle has faced many sieges and battles.
Free. Broughty Castle Museum, Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2TF
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Camperdown House
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Join us to view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House. Set in beautiful parkland surroundings in Camperdown Country Park, the House was erected in 1824-1828 by Admiral Duncan’s son and heir, Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and designed by leading Edinburgh architect, William Burn.
Free. Camperdown House, Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee
No need to book, just drop in.

Now you can get married in a Chip Shop – if you want

Posted onAugust 30, 2014

Now you can get married in a Chip Shop – if you want

Now you can get married in a Chip Shop - if you want

Civil weddings in Dundee – anytime, anyplace, anywhere

Couples in Dundee who want to tie the knot in a civil wedding will be able to do so wherever and whenever they want without the need for a special license.

New rules simplifying the process of arranging a civil wedding, and abolishing the fee of up to £450, come into force on Monday (September 1).

From then civil marriages can be solemnised at a place, other than religious premises, and time agreed between the couple and the local registration authority, a flexibility that already exists for civil partnership ceremonies.

Couples in Dundee will be able to arrange their civil wedding ceremony to take place seven days a week, 24 hours a day at a venue of their choice.

The Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002 previously opened up the choice of venues for couples planning a civil wedding and since then anyone has been able to arrange a civil marriage ceremony in a registration office or at local authority approved venue.

Dundee City Council approved a number of council venues including Broughty Castle, Baxter Park Pavilion, Mills Observatory and all public parks and open spaces in the city.

Most of the large hotels in Dundee held approvals, along with local landmarks such as the Frigate Unicorn, RRS Discovery and both Dens Park and Tannadice. Many smaller hotels along with several bars, clubs and restaurants in the city also applied for temporary approvals to hold civil weddings since 2002.

Many couples have already taken advantage of the flexibility for arranging civil weddings with Sunday and Friday nights now popular choices.

Civil weddings have also taken place at midnight in Dundee, 5am on Dundee Law, on a fishing boat on the River Tay and at both football grounds.

Expansion of electric car hire in Dundee

Posted onAugust 19, 2014

Expansion of electric car hire in Dundee

Expansion of electric car hire in Dundee

THE NUMBER of pay as you drive electric cars on the streets of Dundee could charge ahead if councillors give it the green light.

Cash from TACTRAN and Transport Scotland would buy the vehicles and infrastructure for use in a car club to boost mobility and the options for fuel efficient ways of getting around.

Will Dawson convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “With £100,000 on the table from TACTRAN and funding from Transport Scotland’s Developing Car Clubs Scotland programme we wanted to take the opportunity to secure all of the benefits that such a scheme would bring to the city.

“Reduced emissions, a money-saving alternative to car ownership for occasional use, access to vehicles which are more fuel efficient than the average privately owned car, reducing the number of cars on the road and improving individual mobility and accessibility will all get a boost from the scheme.”

councillor will dawson

The plan is to make car club vehicles available for hire on an hourly or daily basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vehicles will be parked in dedicated and clearly marked parking spaces close to homes and workplaces where members can access them via smart card or key, held in a key safe.

All of the costs of owning and operating the vehicles, including insurance, tax, fuel, cleaning and servicing are covered via an annual charge to members.

To hire a car participants would pay an hourly charge, typically between £3 and £5, and a mileage charge usually around 15-20p per mile for non electric vehicles to cover fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

The current small-scale car club in Dundee was officially launched in March 2012 and is operated by the not-for-profit car club operator Co-wheels. which is also responsible for clubs in Aberdeen and Dumfries.

With support from Developing Car Clubs Scotland it is hoped that the Dundee Car Club vehicles will be located in prominent on-street parking bays across the city and grow to have around 500 active members over a three year period.

The city development committee, which meets on Monday (August 25), will be asked to agree to the creation of a business plan with the appointed car club operator to expand operations in Dundee in partnership with the Transport Scotland funded Developing Car Clubs in Scotland Programme.

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

Posted onJune 26, 2014

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations

STORYTELLING from a customised ice cream van, literary discussions, dancing in the City Square, cutting edge visual arts, and a beautiful and insightful new play are among the events taking place next in Dundee as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The nationwide Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is celebrating Scotland and Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games with more than 1000 events taking place across the country.

Lochee Park; Ardler Community Centre

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the city, The Pokey Hat, a new family musical interactive show from Grinagog Theatre will be performed in a customised ice cream van on Friday 27 June. Based on stories and research provided by the local community in the East End of Glasgow, the show will take an entertaining look at the way we used to live; the Italian community in Scotland and café culture; childhood songs, games and sweets. Crolla dairy ice cream from Glasgow will be handed out at performances. Come along to Lochee Park, Ancrum Road, Dundee at 12:25pm and Ardler Community Centre, 95 Turnberry Avenue, Dundee at 2.30pm to join in the fun. To find out more visit: http://www.grinagog.co.uk/content/productions_the_pokey_hat/

The McManus Art Gallery and Museum

Also, on Friday 27 June, at 6pm at The McManus Art Gallery and Museum there’s the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating Scottish PEN event. Amruta Patil and Karrie Fransman will be discussing their graphic novels and the use of the magical and the strange in their work. The Chair will be Peggy Hughes, Programme Director of the Dundee Literary Festival.

For more information and to book your free ticket visit: http://www.scottishpen.org/news/events/reinterpreting-womens-stories-using-the-surreal-and-the-mythological

Dundee Rep

In My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games comes back to Scotland, Dundee Rep Ensemble presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times. In My Father’s Words, written by Justin Young with Gaelic text by Iain F MacLeod and directed by Philip Howard will be at Dundee Rep from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 12 July. To buy tickets visit: http://www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/fatherswords

Marryat Hall (Caird Hall); Dundee City Square

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Scale is a pioneering, ambitious, multi-strand public art project with more fantastic activity coming up in Dundee.

On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July Scottish Dance Theatre’s exceptional dancers will perform a new work Human Scale, choreographed by Fleur Darkin with costume design by Linbury Prize winner Alexander Ruth and original music played live by The One Ensemble, Glasgow-based brainchild of Daniel Padden. Performances are at 8pm in Marryat Hall (Caird Hall).

To book tickets visit: http://www.cairdhall.co.uk/event/?id=14814

On Sunday 6 July for one day only, Dundee’s City Square transforms into a lively and visually stunning park. Everyone, aged 0-99 is invited to join the party for a fun filled festival featuring performances by Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre, The One Ensemble and many others including a special finale performance by Plan B’s The Shoogle Project. There’ll also be face-painting, dress-up box, yoga, hip-hop dance, storytelling, and much, much more!
To find out more visit: http://www.scottishdancetheatre.com

Dundee City Square

Dance-along to classic movie Grease at an outdoor screening on Saturday 26 July, in City Square. The fun starts with the audience learning moves from key moments in the film. Then the film begins and everyone joins in the dancing during the key unforgettable scenes we know and love, breaking into a huge shake down for the finale. To add to the party atmosphere, audiences are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the movie, and make the day complete by bringing a picnic. No booking required, just come along on the day. Everyone is welcome.

This fantastic range of projects is in addition to Cooper Gallery; DCA; and The McManus showing work as part of the nationwide celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland GENERATION, and the Commonwealth Ceilidh in City Square on Friday 27 June with music from Whisky Kiss and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society taking place as part of the City’s celebrations for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see this exciting work being presented in Dundee and I’d encourage everyone to join in with and enjoy the events.”

Eileen Gallagher, independent director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is offering people the opportunity to be part of the Games wherever they are. With something for all the family, in popular local settings and an inspiring range of shows and activity, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

To find out more details about what’s happening in Dundee and throughout Scotland visit: www.glasgow2014.com/culture

Let’s Talk Business with Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Posted onJune 17, 2014

Let’s Talk Business with Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Let's Talk Business with Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce are drawing to your attention their event coming up on Wed, 2nd July 2014 11.30am – 1pm in Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, 124 Blackness Road, Dundee.

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has keenly accepted an invitation to come and speak with the business community in Dundee and Angus.  The Minister will make a short presentation, followed by an open forum for questions chaired by Chamber President, Tim Allan.  Come along to hear what the most senior woman in Scottish politics has to say in the run-up to Scotland’s historic referendum in September. What would you like to ask the Deputy First Minister?

Please book early as numbers are limited. 

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Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Posted onJune 5, 2014

Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri - Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri explains how Dundee has led the way in many areas of medical research as he welcomed the launch of new Palliative Care charity PATCH, of which he is patron.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. 

The charity’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, consists of Sir Michael Nairn Bt (Chairman), Mr Ian Barnard, Dr Pamela Levack, Mrs Trudy McLeay and Mr Jim Pickett. Ms Mary Mackenzie RGN is PATCH’s Nursing Advisor. “We are honoured to have Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri as Patron,” added Sir Michael.

“The immense knowledge and experience of every member of our team in their personal areas of expertise is a reflection of the significance of this charity, which will have an immense effect on the national provision of hospital palliative care services.”

PATCH Medical Director Dr Pamela Levack, who is a retired Consultant in Palliative Medicine, explained that caring for those approaching the end of their lives is a core hospital activity but there is limited availability of 24/7 specialist palliative care. “Hospices provide outstanding specialist services but more than half of us will die in hospital,” said Dr Levack.

The Royal College of Physicians recently highlighted the continuing need for specialist palliative care to be available seven days a week. PATCH’s vision is that patients in hospital will, if required, receive specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be of immense benefit to patients and to their families.”

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Posted onJune 5, 2014

Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

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In the 1970’s cancer patients were given a cocktail of morphine, cocaine and gin for pain relief.

The original idea for an oral mixture of morphine and cocaine helping patients in agony with advanced disease is credited to surgeon Herbert Snow in 1896.

The Brompton cocktail is named after the Royal Brompton Hospital in LondonEngland, where it was invented in the late 1920s for patients with tuberculosis. While its use has been rare in the 21st century, it is not entirely unheard of today. It was far more common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients.

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Posted onJune 4, 2014

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael gives an emotional account of his own wifes death from breast cancer at the launch of PATCH.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.

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Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Posted onJune 4, 2014

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.  The reception was attended by PATCH’s Board of Directors and their guests, who were welcomed to the launch by the Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan. “The city of Dundee leads the way in so many fields of medicine and it is wonderful news that we were now also leading the way in ensuring people who are very ill receive the best possible palliative care,” said the Lord Provost.

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