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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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  • Very informative and hands on attractions, the way of life for the people of Dundee with harsh conditions 
  • This was a wonderful exhibition, spent 4 hours on first visit, unable to see it all at one go, and went back 3 days later and spent another 2 hours viewing the rest of it, well worth going to see it t...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit immensely having relatives who worked in the jute mills the tour was exactly the same as the storied I had heard,particularly interesting to hear that the sails for ships and also...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Terrible signage to get to the works. Once there, a lot of machines and interesting facts, good video, go to the top floor of the main works building, walk on to mezzanine, and look down the length of the room, reminds you of a cathedral, lovely natural light streaming through roof windows
  • This museum is very well made. But I just can't work up an interest about jute manufacturing. I wish they had spent more of the museum on the history of Dundee. Learning about all the minutia of how jute was produced back when isn't that much fun.
  • Worth the visit! I came here with my parents and fiancĂ©, we all loved it. They also had some French explanations, Great!!
  • Super school trip to compliment learning about the Victorians.