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2013 Harold Plenderleith Memorial Lecture 

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The Development of V&A at Dundee. 

Speaker: Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee
Venue: Dundee, The Discovery Centre
Date: Thursday 28th November 2013
ICON Scotland Group are pleased to announce that the 16th annual Harold Plenderleith memorial lecture will be given in Dundee this year on the evening of 28th November. The speaker will be Philip Long, Director of the V&A at Dundee. click here to download the printable flyer. 

V&A Dundee will be an international centre of design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee's waterfront. Hosting major exhibitions of international design heritage, helping develop talent and encouraging design innovation for the future. In this lecture its Director, Philip Long, will explore the vision for the project and the development of a building that itself will be an exemplar of forward-looking design. He will describe Scotland's own extraordinary history of design innovation and the preparations now underway to place this material at the heart of the new institution and its activities. 

The lecture will be preceded by the ICON Scotland Group's Annual General Meeting with a guided tour of Dundee's heritage before that. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception with wine and finger food included in the ticket price.

Additional events throughout the day

Discovery Tour / Verdant Works Tour. Tour details and tickets direct through Dundee Heritage Trust, 

2-4 pm - Exclusive walking tour of Historic Dundee(£2 supplement). **NEW**: Icon Scotland Group have upgraded the pre-Plenderleith walking tour of Dundee to a bus tour.

There is high demand for the walking tour of Dundee so we have changed it to allow for more people to be included and to take us up a hill. We are hiring a vintage (1970's vintage) double decker bus. Same cost (£2 payable on the day), same start time. You need to book with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it but people booked onto the walking tour already will be automatically upgraded. All are welcome but we only have 20 or so spare seats so get booked in quickly.

This means we can cover more ground and now have time to visit two important Dundee churches with Mark Watson, Historic Scotland. The itinerary will be as follows:

"Liturgy and ritual in Hilltown, Dundee"

Leave McManus Galleries at 2pm, returning people to Discovery Point at 4pm

Why not come early, and see some of the museum's extensive art, social and economic collections?

1.45pm meet at Queen Victoria's Statue, north entrance to McManus Galleries, Albert Square, Dundee

2pm sharp bus sets off from McManus Galleries, up Victoria and Dens Roads to Hilltown, the former Bonnethill, trades' suburb to medieval Dundee, home to buckle-makers, weavers and kettle-boilers.

2.20pm St Salvador's Church overwhelms the senses with its symbolism and ritual based around Episcopal liturgy. It was built in stages in 1858-74 by English Gothic Revival architect G F Bodley, his only work in Scotland. With a glorious painted interior, it is one of the key, but little-known, 19th century Gothic buildings in Scotland. Work by Burlison and Grylls, a huge painted reredos, stained glass, stencilled walls and lavish furnishings was restored in 1972 by J & T Harvey (stencils) and Rab Snowden (reredos) under the direction of Colin McWilliam. But the key is to illustrate its context in one of the poorer parts of Dundee, planted there as a mission to by the tractarian evangelist Bishop Forbes. So adjacent jute mills will be pointed out, a new park where were tenements, and the gap formed by demolition of the Maxwelltown Multis. A short tour inside the church with John Sanders of Simpson and Brown, architects, an expert on Bodley

2.45pm Back onto the bus, from Hilltown via Constitution St, past Dundee Royal Infirmary by Coe and Godwin, 1853, built just before the Nightingale reforms. Converted to housing 2000-2007. Across Barrack Road is Dudhope Castle, home to 'Bonnie Dundee', John Graham of Claverhouse, now Dundee College.

3.00pm Arrive at St Mary Magdalene's Church. The former Catholic Apostolic Church was consecrated on 30th November 1867. It was designed by the Dundee architects Edward & Robertson, and the style is Early English Gothic with a scissor-braced roof. The Episcopal Church relocated into the building in 1952, as the Catholic Apostolic sect had lost its impetus with the death of the last of its apostles in 1901. A quick tour of the church with the Rev David Shepherd, tea, biscuits and an impressive range of stained glass, much of it brought here from salvage stores such as at Ely Cathedral, from Wales and from Feltham Borstal. Adam Goodyear has installed and repaired that glass since 1985.

3.45pm Back onto the bus, down Marketgait past the neo-classical jute mill Tay Works.

4pm arrive at Discovery Point, venue for the Icon AGM and lecture

This will be a great mix of all sorts of conservation approaches to book in quickly.

5 pm - ICON Scotland Group (ISG) AGM Meeting (all welcome). Please arrive at the Discovery by 4,45 pm.

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