Verdant Works

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Verdant Works
A crowd of visitors enter the former jute factory's courtyard, surrounded by sandstone-built, Georgian-style industrial buildings.
Entrance to Verdant Works
Established 1996
Location West Henderson's Wynd, Blackness, Dundee, Scotland
Website Verdant Works

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 building[edit]

The Verdant Works was given Category A listed building status by Historic Scotland in 1987.[1] 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.

Museum[edit]

The 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.

The jute collections cover the entire history of the jute industry. It covers topics such as manufacturing, research and development, end products, quality control, textile engineering, the industry's Indian connections, and the lives of the workers. Objects include machinery patterns, jute and flax products, small tools, technical drawings, plans, and quality control and testing equipment.

The archives and photographic records of various mills and their workers have considerable historical research value. As well as the large machinery objects, the collections cover the fields of industrial history, social history, fine art, archives, business papers, photographs, costumes, and numismatics.

Verdant Works is a fully Accredited museum and has won numerous awards, both national and international, as well as being 5 star rated tourist attraction with Visit Scotland. In 2008 the Jute Collection was named as a Recognised Collection of National Significance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic Scotland (1987). "Category A Listing, 27 West Henderson's Wynd and return elevation to Milne Street, Verdant Works". sedsh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 

Coordinates: 56°27′42″N 2°59′00″W / 56.4617°N 2.9834°W / 56.4617; -2.9834