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Verdant Works, Dundee

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4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • Brilliant place. Really fascinating, particularly as I'm researching my family history and lots of Dundee ancestors worked in the jute mills. The volunteers were really good and brought the place aliv...  read more »
  • Loved this, didn't know it was there, and glad I fitted it in to my tourist day of Dundee. Very informative on Jute industry in Dundee from heyday to now. Lucky to have Bill show us the machines in ac...  read more »
  • Detailed description of the rise and fall of the jute industry in Dundee. Fascinating social history. Useful to go around with a guide to fill in details. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Part of Dundees history that should never be forgot.
  • Absolutely amazing.
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