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Verdant Works, Dundee

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Verdant Works, also known as Scotland's Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, is a former jute mill in the Blackness area of Dundee, Scotland. It was purchased in 1991 by the Dundee Heritage Trust. The Trust restored the buildings and opened them in 1996 as a museum dedicated to textile industry, an industry that once dominated the city's economy.Historic buildingThe Verdant Works was given Category A listed building status by Historic Scotland in 1987. This is the highest category for listing in Scotland, denoting a building of national architectural importance. It is a rare surviving example of a courtyard-type mill, with its original building layout and many original features remaining. It is one of a declining number of industrial premises in Dundee and east-central Scotland remaining little changed from the 19th century.MuseumThe Verdant Works are the only dedicated jute museum in the United Kingdom. As a museum, the Verdant Works tell the story of Dundee's textile industries, focusing primarily on the jute and linen industries. The production of textiles was the dominant industry in Dundee for many years, directly employing 50,000 people in the city (half the working population) by the end of the 19th century, as well as many more thousands in associated trades such as shipbuilding, transportation, and engineering. At the time Dundee supplied the majority of the world's demand for jute products, meaning it was also of importance for both Scottish and British histories.
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  • Easy to park. The children (12years old) were not overly keen. Once there a very knowledgable guide (Janice) took us around and told us about the working steam engine. The exhibits were very interacti...  more »
  • This is a must visit Museum if you visit Dundee as it explains the rise and fall of one of the middle of the 3 great "J's" of Dundee - Jam, Jute and Journalism. I learned a lot about the price the ord...  more »
  • Spent two and a half hours here. Really well laid out and interesting and brought the history of the city alive. Visited with my Mum and her family owned one of the smaller jute mills in the Hilltown,...  more »
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  • Great place for a family day out. Interesting and historical. Very helpful friendly staff
  • Such a great, informative museum. Knowledgeable and approachable staff, clearly written info boards, interactive displays to keep young children involved. Annual ticket makes a great day out last longer.
  • Fantastic museum. Very informative and great knowledgeable staff.
  • Purchased a ticket at RSS Discovery which gives entry to both attractions. Nicely presented former Jute factory showing the history of it in the Dundee area. Very knowledgeable staff on hand to answer any questions and nice cafe at end of tour. Wander around at your own pace and watch the interactive bits help explain. Very well done without any pressure to do anything than enjoy your visit. A bit out of town but relatively easy to find.
  • Able to see Dundee's heritage 1st hand

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