Social & Industrial History
Ancestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Drawn from the collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, this volume of early photographs shows the sailing ships and the highly skilled crews of the Dundee whaling industry, often set against the dramatic ice seas and landscapes of the Arctic. Offering insights into an almost forgotten aspect of Dundee’s history, the book demonstrates the importance of whaling for the city between the mid 18th century and the First World War.
An Historical Miscellany
In the British Library lurks a 94-volume collection of newspaper clippings compiled over a period of 60 years by Francis Cox (1752-1834) and covering a vast array of subjects (eg. 'Extraordinary Sagacity of Rats', 'An Account of a Maccaroni' [sic], 'Bathing Trusses', 'The National Debt'). Simon Murphy has selected the strangest and most amusing of these articles to create an intriguing historical miscellany.