About Verdant Works

Verdant Works | Made in Dundee | One Mill | Many Stories

Verdant Works is a world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building.  Hear the tales of the mill workers, see how they lived and worked in an industry which enveloped Dundee.  Explore this amazing building, see (and hear) the machines at work, and step back to a time where the Mills were the heart of Dundee.

What you will see

The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. The industry employed 50,000 people in the city at its peak and supplied much of the world’s demand for jute goods. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will:

– Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled 19th century courtyard
– Enter a busy jute office of 1900 and meet some characters of the period
– Find out how jute was harvested in India, how and why it came to Dundee and more about Dundee’s bustling docks
– Experience the deafening sounds of the machines and see the jute process from raw fibre to woven cloth
– See a typical Dundee ‘plettie’, learn about tenement life and the health of the mill workers.
– Discover who ‘kettle bilers’ were and all about the reversal of traditional gender roles in Dundee – finding out about mill girls, Suffragettes and the unions.
– Visit the Victorian Half-Time School and also see how the workers spent their precious leisure time.
– Enjoy drop in family activities in our specially designed Red Box learning hub
– Learn about pattern casting, engineering and stop to pick up tips for researching local and family history in our History Hub
– Appreciate the stunning mill architecture from the two viewing platforms in the High Mill
– Watch in awe as the 1801 Boulton & Watt beam engine chugs into action

… and don’t forget to stop by our gift shop and café to get a well-earned cup of tea and Dundee cake!

Verdant Works is a fully Accredited museum and has won numerous awards, both national and international, as well as being a 5 star rated tourist attraction with Visit Scotland. In 2008 the Jute Collection was named as a Recognised Collection of National Significance.