The Opening of the V&A Design Museum in Dundee

Right now there is a huge buzz in Dundee, as the brand new Kengo Kuma designed V&A Museum has opened! It is the second Victoria & Albert museum in the world, their first time branching out from their extensive museum in London. This one is all about the design, and in particular, Scottish design. Dundee is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design, and the museum showcases some of the reasons why we were given that title.

What reasons, you ask? Well, Dundee used to be famous for Jute, Jam and Journalism as we were an industrial town that exported jute and other cloth all over the world. DC Thompson is a Dundee publisher that is pretty famous here in Scotland, but international folks might have read the Dennis the Menace comics when they were younger. We invented delicious marmalade! We are also famous for video game design, and have a thriving art scene. Also, a lot of medical research goes on here in our 2 Universities.
Here is a really informative article that explains a little of Dundees history, and the different industries and specialisms historically based in the city.

10 years ago, when I was in first year at University, I remember attending several lectures and presentations about the big plans for the Dundee Waterfront Redevelopment. Hungover and thoroughly living in the moment, the plans were exciting to hear about, but it was all very far off in the future and nebulous to me. For the past few years now we have all watched with fascination as Kengo Kumas building took shape before our eyes. The redevelopment is well and truly underway now, and actually pretty true to what they initially presented a decade ago.

I was so, so lucky that I managed to get into the building on the opening day, and get shown around too. It is such an impressive building, with an awesome team working behind the scenes. Click to make full size…

I can’t wait to go back in once all the crowds have died down just a bit, and spend some quality time in the design gallery. There will be temporary design exhibitions, too: the one on right now is called Ocean Liners. The cafe and resturaunt look great, and there is a programme of events you can check out on their website.


This one is of Primal Scream, who headlined the 3D festival on Friday night. Other acts performing were Tallia Storm, Be Charlotte, and Lewis Capaldi. There was also lots of dance and various activities going on throughout.

The second day of the 3D festival was opened with a powerful and chilled out set by SHHE. I wasn’t there for the rest of the acts (had a time slot for entrance to the building!), but it looked like a great time, and was packed with people enjoying the festival.

Well, hope this was interesting! It has been an action packed weekend, and the city is still mega busy!