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Why Dundee?

V&A Dundee


Why Dundee?

The idea for V&A Dundee originated in 2007 from the strong relationship between the V&A and the University of Dundee, particularly its Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Dundee has a strong history of innovation – including aspirin, biomedical research that has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including The Beano and The Dandy, orange marmalade, and video games including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto – which resulted in it becoming the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK in 2014.


The visitor experience

Visitors to V&A Dundee will experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future in a Scottish and global context. They will discover the processes which underpin great design and the beautiful and inventive objects which tell that story.

Behind the scenes, development of the Scottish Design Galleries is moving forward at a pace. Museum experts are researching, selecting, conserving and preparing for display objects from the V&A’s rich collections and from collections across Scotland. 


The team delivering the project

V&A Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Limited, established by a ground-breaking partnership between Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Scottish Enterprise and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s greatest museum of art and design.


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