Spe­cial book marks mo­men­tous year in life of city’s gallery

MC­MANUS: Writer and pho­tog­ra­pher doc­u­ment events for 150th an­niver­sary

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Mc­manus Gal­leries is mark­ing its 150th an­niver­sary with a ret­ro­spec­tive book.

Dundee writer Anna Day and pho­tog­ra­pher Alan Richard­son worked with the Mc­manus team and com­mu­nity groups to record the spe­cial events of 2017 and day-to-day run­ning of the mu­seum.

The re­sult of the year-long col­lab­o­ra­tion is The Mc­manus At 150, which launched last night.

The Mc­manus Gal­leries opened in Dundee in 1867 as the Al­bert In­sti­tute and was com­mis­sioned as a memo­rial to Prince Al­bert.

Anna in­ter­viewed lo­cal peo­ple con­nected with the venue, ask­ing them to choose a favourite ob­ject or place and how they and their fam­i­lies have used the build­ing over the years.

The pho­to­graphs cover the an­nual spring clean of arte­facts, paint­ing of the gallery walls, ex­hi­bi­tions be­ing in­stalled and other events.

Alan said: “It was a fab­u­lous project to work on, be­ing given the chance to see be­hind the scenes as well as the pub­lic face of all the work that goes on to con­serve and dis­play the trea­sures of Dundee.

“It has been a real priv­i­lege to see the ded­i­ca­tion, ex­per­tise and en­thu­si­asm the team and vol­un­teers have to­wards art, cul­ture and his­tory.

“I hope the pic­tures tell part of the story and re­mind Dun­do­nians that the past should be cel­e­brated as much as the fu­ture of our vi­brant city.”

Anna added: “I hope the book will serve as a re­minder of a fan­tas­tic year for the Mc­manus. The con­tri­bu­tions from the host of lo­cal peo­ple who have shared their mem­o­ries and favourites shows the breadth of the col­lec­tions and the af­fec­tion in which they are held.”

The venue cel­e­brated its land­mark with a 12-month pro­gramme of ex­hi­bi­tions and events.

This in­cluded the Fes­ti­val of Mu­se­ums Mc­manus 150: The Peo­ple’s Story, a day in May when fam­i­lies en­joyed live mu­sic, guided tours and liv­ing his­tory per­for­mances.

Bill Gart­ley, head of cul­tural ser­vices at Leisure and Cul­ture Dundee, said: “Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work with Anna and Alan over a full year has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the mu­seum.”

I hope the book will serve as a re­minder of a fan­tas­tic year for the Mc­manus.

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