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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designed Oak Room at V&A Dundee

This Oak Room was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms, Ingram Street, Glasgow.

After those tea rooms closed for business the room was for many years stored by Glasgow Corporation and then Glasgow Museums.

The construction of the V&A Dundee provided a space for the rooms to be on show to the public once more.

Mackintosh's Oak Room at V&A Dundee

Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Fireplace, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Windows, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

More Scottish Design at V&A Dundee

Since Falkland is only about four miles from Son of the Rock Acres I was interested in this picture of Falkland Palace as it looked in mediæval times:-

Picture of Falkland Palace, V&A Dundee

Eduardo Paolozzi designed case for storing catalogues for Nairn Floors Ltd:-

Elephant Case by Paolozzi, V&A Dundee

Turkey Red Designs:-

Turkey Red Designs, V&A Dundee

Geometric brooches:-

Geometric Brooches, V&A Dundee

“Butterfly” Tiara:-

"Butterfly" Tiara, V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, "Butterfly" Tiara Blurb

Scottish Design, V&A Dundee

Further to my post on Abbotsford, Walter Scott must be one of the few writers to have such a legacy, which I mentioned here.

In the section of the new V&A Dundee (posts passim) devoted to Scottish design there is a model of the Scott Monument the original of which stands in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Model of Scott Monument:-

Model of Scott Monument

There is also a Robert Adam chimneypiece:-

Adam Fireplace

Some Arts & Crafts furniture:-

Arts and Crafts Furniture

A brooch designed to resemble a galaxy:-

Galaxy Brooch

A poster for the Festival of Britain‘s Industrial Light and Power Exhibition at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow:-

Poster for Festival of Britain Industrial Light and Power Exhibition

And a bookcase/cabinet by George Logan:-

Cabinet by George Logan

More of the V&A Dundee

Previously I have posted about the (relatively) new V&A building in Dundee here and, in the background, here.

V&A logo by entrance:-

V&A Sign, Dundee

Exterior curve:-

Exterior Curve, V&A Dundee

View to Tay Bridge through “tunnel”:-

"Tunnel" V&A, Dundee

Apparently the wind can sweep through the tunnel quite severely. View to city through tunnel:-

Tunnel Under V&A, Dundee

Overhanging River Tay:-

Overhanging River Tay, V&A Dundee

Exterior planting:-

Exterior Planting , V&A Dundee

Exterior Planting V&A Dundee

Interior:-

Interior, V&A, Dundee

V&A, Dundee, Interior

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Stairs

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Ceiling

View of Tay Bridge through slit window:-

V&A, Dundee, Window

Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 8: Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park

Again, I’ve passed this countless times on my way to and from Brechin but only stopped to photograph it in August last year.

From road – complete with skip:-

Fairfield Social Club From Road.

From access road – skip again:-

Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park, Dundee

The entrance doors are decoish too:-

Fairfield Social Club Entrance

Side view:-

Fairfield Social Club Again

Rear:-

More of Fairfield Social Club

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 59: Ladybank

Ladybank is a village in Fife only a few miles away from Son of the Rock Acres. It’s no longer on the direct road north to Dundee so we don’t often go there.

It does, though, have a 1930s garage, now Ladybank Tyres:-

1930s Garage, Ladybank, Fife

It’s the stepped roofline that speaks for Deco:-

Ladybank, Fife, Art Deco Garage

Apart from the different-sized doors there’s also a nice symmetry to it:-

Art Deco Garage, Ladybank

Dundee, Dùn Dè, or is it Dùn Deagh?

Last summer we were in Dundee and when walking past the Railway Station I spotted this platform sign. It has ‘Dundee’ in both English and Gaelic. I couldn’t tell you when Gaelic was last spoken in Dundee on a daily basis.

Dundee Station Platform Sign

On coming back the other way I noticed that above the entrance to the station the sign has the Gaelic phrase, “Faìlte gu stèisean Dùn Deagh,” under the English, “Welcome to Dundee Station.”

Faìlte gu stèisean Dùn Deagh

My knowledge of Gaelic is not even hazy so is there a reason for there to be two spellings of ‘Dundee’ in Gaelic, Dùn Dè on the platform, Dùn Deagh on the entrance? Or do they just make it up as they go along?

There was an exhibition from the archives of the Dundee Publisher D C Thomson at Dundee’s McManus Galleries on at the time. D C Thomson were/are publishers of the comics The Beezer, The Topper, The Beano and The Dandy as well as Dundee based newspaper The Courier plus The Sunday Post – which gave us Oor Wullie and The Broons. The gallery was temporarily renamed The McMenace in tribute to The Dandy‘s denizen Dennis the Menace.

McMenace Galleries

Dundee is proud of the D C Thomson legacy. There is a statue of Desperate Dan and his dog in the city centre.

One of the exhibits was this montage of comic characters set against the backdrop of the Galleries:-

Bash Street Kids at McMenace Galleries

D C Thomson’s offices overlooked the playground of Dundee High School. The writers and drawers of The Bash Street Kids apprently took inspiration from the goings-on there!

Comic characters and Dundee High School:-

Bash Street Kids Outside Dundee High School

Maritime Monument, Copenhagen

This impressive monument greets you as soon as you leave Langelinie Pier in Copenhagen, Denmark, the second* stop on our recent Baltic cruise.

Monument to Mariners, Copenhagen

The winged female figure of Remembrance (modelled on Nike of Samothrace) is dedicated to those Danish merchant mariners who lost their lives in the First World War.

Maritime Monument, Copenhagenn

*(Our first stop was actually in Dundee. For some reason the trip cost £200 less – each – from Newcastle even though the ship was doing exactly the same journey.)

Penguins, Discovery Point, Dundee

Penguins are a feature of Antarctic life.

Outside Discovery Point Dundee stand four penguin statues. The road is just behind here so not all the Discovery Point Museum building is in shot.

Dsicovery Point and Penguins, Dundee

View from Museum. The new Dundee Railway Station building is across the road behind the penguins:-

Penguins Outside Discovery Point, Dundee

Watercolour of “Penguins at Cape Crozier” painted by a member of the Discovery Expedition, Edward Wilson:-

Watercolour

More RSS Discovery, Dundee


The Discovery’s crew even had their own newspaper to keep their spirits up. A bound version is in the Discovery Point Museum:-

South Polar Times

As is the ships’s harmonium – also good for keeping up morale I should think. It’s behind glass so difficult to photograph. Its cast iron pedals say “mouse-proof” on them.

Harmonium

Brass struts:-

Brass Reinforcement Struts, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Salt boxes. The salt absorbed any water that entered between the inner and outer hull and between the frames, so helping preserve the timber:-

Salt Boxes, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Panting beams plaque. These beams go from one side of the ship to the other, preventing the ship’s hull from flexing when under way and helped in resisting crushing by the ice:-

Panting Beams Plaque, RRS Discovery

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