Doors Open Days give chance to view city’s hid­den trea­sures

HER­ITAGE: Chance to visit wide range of places which are not nor­mally open to the public

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

“Doors are be­ing opened and ac­tiv­i­ties are planned across the city to wel­come in­ter­ested vis­i­tors . . . FRASER MID­DLE­TON

Dun­do­nians will get the chance to take a peek into some of the city’s hid­den trea­sures this week­end as Doors Open Days re­turns.

Forty-five venues across Dundee will be open­ing their doors to the public to­day and to­mor­row, giv­ing peo­ple the chance to visit many build­ings nor­mally closed to the public.

The event is again be­ing co­or­di­nated and spon­sored by the Dundee In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects (DIA).

Build­ings tak­ing part in­clude the Caird Hall and Dundee Rep, both of which are of­fer­ing back­stage tours.

Others in­clude Black­ness Road Fire Sta­tion and Dundee Cen­tral Mosque. The full list of build­ings is avail­able through the Doors Open Days Dundee Face­book page.

DC Thom­son & Co Ltd is also of­fer­ing guided tours of its newly-ren­o­vated Mead­ow­side head­quar­ters.

DIA sec­re­tary Fraser Mid­dle­ton said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the public to ac­cess many build­ings or parts of these which are not gen­er­ally open to the public. It is an event to en­able the public to em­brace their lo­cal her­itage, cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment.

“Doors are be­ing opened and ac­tiv­i­ties are planned across the city to wel­come in­ter­ested vis­i­tors cre­at­ing unique op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­sight into Dundee’s hid­den her­itage.”

The event is free.

Mr Mid­dle­ton said: “We would like to thank the vol­un­teers, com­mu­ni­ties and con­gre­ga­tions for their ac­tive in­volve­ment which has been in­stru­men­tal in for­mu­lat­ing this very full pro­gramme of events.”

He added: “The venues en­com­pass ex­cit­ing new ar­chi­tec­tural state­ments such as the DC Thom­son head­quar­ters at Mead­ow­side, and the com­pe­ti­tion-win­ning Leaf at Ninewells com­mu­nity gar­den which is also host­ing a con­cert for Na­tional Cham­ber Mu­sic Day.”

As part of the Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture 2017, and in par­al­lel with Doors Open Days, the Dundee In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects is also run­ning Pho­toMarathon Dundee which chal­lenges par­tic­i­pants to take pho­to­graphs on a set list of themes, in or­der, within a set time pe­riod.

The themes are loosely based on ar­chi­tec­ture and the built en­vi­ron­ment and will be re­leased to­mor­row.

Any in­ter­ested par­ties can reg­is­ter by email­ing Dun­deePho­toMarathon@gmail.com.

Doors Open Days is Scot­land’s largest free fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates her­itage and the built en­vi­ron­ment.

It of­fers free ac­cess to more than a thou­sand venues across the coun­try through­out Septem­ber ev­ery year.

Dundee Rep is of­fer­ing back­stage tours as part of the city’s Doors Open Days.

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