Verdant Works

Verdant Works, Dundee: Hours, Address, Verdant Works Reviews: 5/5

Verdant Works
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Verdant Works | Made in Dundee | One Mill | Many Stories Verdant Works is a world-class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building which dates back to 1833. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. The industry employed 50,000 people in the city at its peak and supplied much of the world’s demand for jute goods. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will: – Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled 19th century courtyard – Enter a busy jute office of 1900 and meet some characters of the period – Find out how jute was harvested in India, how and why it came to Dundee and more about Dundee’s bustling docks – Experience the deafening sounds of the machines and see the jute process from raw fibre to woven cloth – See a typical Dundee ‘plettie’, learn about tenement life and the health of the mill workers. – Discover who ‘kettle bilers’ were and all about the reversal of traditional gender roles in Dundee – finding out about mill girls, Suffragettes and the unions. – Visit the Victorian Half-Time School and also see how the workers spent their precious leisure time. – Enjoy drop in family activities in our specially designed Red Box learning hub – Learn about pattern casting, engineering and stop to pick up tips for researching local and family history in our History Hub – Appreciate the stunning mill architecture from the two viewing platforms in the High Mill – Watch in awe as the 1801 Boulton & Watt beam engine chugs into action … and don’t forget to stop by our gift shop and café to get a well-earned cup of tea and Dundee cake!
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Jane L
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Jul 2022 • Couples
The staff here are so friendly and very knowledgeable. The museum is fascinating.It shows the hardships endured by our forbears and their struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Coffee shop is good value too
And a well stocked gift shop to boot!
Written 3 July 2022
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StevePageUK
Hessle, UK108 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This gem of a museum is testament to the very history of this monumental city and is an insightful view to the past. The museum has free parking, easy access including for disabled, a cafe, shop and facilties. The staff were very helpful and friendly and entry (our was a concession) is excellent value for money. There was a film introduction then a talk from the volunteer guide Ian who was very knowledgeable. The rest was a self guided tour. The exhibits are great and occasionally show how a working Jute Mill operated. No punches were pulled and the poor conditions of the workforce were highlighted.
We bought the annual pass which included a paid for visit to The RSS Discovery. This is creates great value and a saving as a bonus. This is thoroughly recommended
Written 14 June 2022
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Robert D
Kettering, UK72 contributions
May 2022
Really interesteing with great information, lots to see and first rate enthusiastic guides. If you are a visitor and want to get to what Dundee is about you should visit here
Written 5 June 2022
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R. Tyson
6 contributions
Jun 2022
I would allow about 2 hours to wander around the site, Interesting exhibitions with information about jute and its processing. A very good insight into the lives of the loca lpeople who worked there and their living conditions. Ideal for a wet afternoon and the cafe serves really nice food.
Written 2 June 2022
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Luckyescape127
8 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A really well curated museum using a range of media types to convert the story of jute. Friendly and helpful staff. Give yourself half a day to do it comfortably.
Definitely recommended!
Written 24 May 2022
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pete
Edinburgh, UK19 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
An excellent place to spend an afternoon. The exhibits were well presented and there was plenty for children to do. Excellent value for money.
Written 12 May 2022
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Francis D
Otley, UK42 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A brilliant museum detailing the rise and fall of the jute industry in Dundee. Well laid out with ample historical context. Makes no bones about the exploitation of the mainly female workforce. Some things never change. Helpful and engaging staff too.
Written 3 May 2022
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Ilovetravel1967
Edinburgh, UK326 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Had heard great things about this museum and it didn’t disappoint when we visited for the first time yesterday.
Fascinating history about the 100 years of jute in Dundee. The displays were excellent, pitched at the right level for non historians. What made it really special were the working machines and the volunteer guides. Their enthusiasm and knowledge made what could be a dull subject, actually very interesting. .
Written 14 April 2022
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bohomama
Dunblane, UK34 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited with our two boys on a wet day in April. We really enjoyed seeing round the museum and there were lots of interactive displays to engage the children. The guide in the machine room was great and it was fabulous to see (and hear) the machines working. Also really enjoyed the upstairs bit - the house and schoolroom. We had lunch in the cafe, and this is the reason for 4 stars and not 5. To be fair, I think they were unexpectedly busy and there were only two staff to make and serve food and to man the shop. The food took ages and our bacon rolls featured cremated bacon! The soup was really good though. We would have had some cake for afters, but there was virtually nothing left. I guess it's difficult to judge how busy a place will be on any given day, and I think the wet weather meant lots more people looking to do something indoors like us. Regardless of this blip, I would really recommend a visit here. We will probably come back and yes, I will give the cafe another go. Well done to the lass who was doing her very best under trying circumstances; she did a great job and was pleasant and polite to everyone she served.
Written 10 April 2022
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Libra_K1960
Farnham, UK218 contributions
Apr 2022
We very much enjoyed our visit to Verdant Works, and learning about the history of the jute industry. Although I know quite a bit about weaving in general, and have visited other mills, it was good to learn about jute. It helped to explain the architecture of the city which we had seen as we wandered around. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and started the Boulton and Watt beam engine for us.
Written 3 April 2022
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