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Birth of the Design Museum of Scotland V&A Dundee

Saturday 15 September 2018 will see thousands descend on the City of Discovery for the official opening of V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first museum dedicated to design and the only V&A museum outside of London. According to its website, V&A Dundee “will provide a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design. For the first time and in one place, V&A Dundee will explore Scotland’s design heritage – its past, present and future”.

V&A is the ‘brand name’ for the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was originally known as the Museum of Manufactures when it was instituted in London back in 1852. The royal moniker was adopted in 1899 when Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for a new building in her last official public appearance. Today, the V&A proudly proclaims itself to be “the world’s leading museum of art and design”.

For Dundonians, the new V&A Dundee has been a long time coming. It was back in 2010 that the new museum first started to attract widespread attention when a public ‘consultation’ was held on the six shortlisted designs. Visitors to the exhibition, held in Abertay University, were invited to cast their votes on their preferred design, and the winner was… drum roll… not the magnificent building about to open on the Dundee Waterfront! Intrigued? All will be revealed…

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iScot issue number 45 2018 124 pages of the best crack in Scotland and beyond. Featuring the very best of wordsmiths in Scotland today. Robbie Dinwoodie, Alyn Smith MEP, James Kelly (iScot goes Pop, Peter A Bell, Jason Michael McCann, Vivien Martin, Allan Martin, Paul Kavanagh’s Wee Ginger Dug, Blaze’s Page,Fiona Grahame of Orkney News, Moira Dalgetty, Bill Dale, Indy Lawyer, Ran Bruce’s Spider, Dave Bowman, Gordon Craigie, Major Bloodnok and the most excellent Billy Kay.