Keiller's of Dundee were one of the most important commercial companies to emerge from this city. They were internationally famous for the marmalade they manufactured and sold. Keiller’s was founded in 1797, and was celebrated for its invention of marmalade made from Seville oranges. Look for the painting of the grocer, James Keiller, which is object number 1 in this display. The story goes that James purchased a bargain load of Seville oranges, but was unable to sell them because of their sharp, bitter taste. His wife, not wanting to waste the fruit, chopped the oranges up - including the rind - and preserved them. She called her new product 'marmalade' and its fame spread. The firm also made confectionary and was renowned for its baking. Keiller’s exported its wares worldwide and won many medals and cups at international exhibitions. On the other side of this display, please locate the case with the typewriter and Dennis the Menace, to find out about Dundee and journalism.
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum is situated in the centre of Dundee. The Museum and Art Gallery originally known as the Albert Institute was opened in 1867 as a memorial to Prince Albert. In 2005 The McManus closed for a major refurbishment, reopening again on the 28th February 2010. We celebrated our 150th Anniversay in 2017 with a year of celebration. In 2020 we were awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit Scotland. The McManus has 8 galleries, which are laid out on 2 floors. Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today. From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.