As you explore this gallery, look for the cases including Levis jeans, the Michelin Man, Lemmings Games and the NCR machines. The nature of the industry that thrives in Dundee has changed significantly in recent years. After the decline of its previous key industries, Dundee needed to diversify in order to rebuild and sustain economic growth. In recent years, Dundee has seen significant development in health, engineering, telecommunications, publishing, customer services, education, oil and gas. The American watchmaker Timex famously assembled one of the first home computers in the UK, in Dundee in 1982. You can see the ZX Spectrum computer in the Timex display. This achievement helped lay the groundwork for Dundee’s excellence in the digital industries, especially game design. 10% of the UK’s computer games companies are based in Dundee, and the city is recognised as the leader of the Scottish electronic games industry. Groundbreaking computer game developers have produced international hits including Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto and Denki blocks. You can see some of these in the Gaming display. Dundee has been an important centre for medicine since the 1800’s, and biomedical research and technology is now one of the city’s fastest growing industries. Past successes include the pioneering work on aspirin, x-ray, allergy research and keyhole surgery. You can find out more about biomedical research and technology in the medical case. The redevelopment of Dundee's waterfront builds on a succession of plans and structures, dating back to 1300, which have sought to make use of the waterfront. Dundee’s waterfront development is one of the largest in Western Europe and one of Scotland’s biggest urban developments. The waterfront development is the latest chapter in the history of Dundee. This is the end of your audio tour. We hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to our collections. Please remember to return your player, and enjoy the rest of your visit to The McManus!

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The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

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.


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