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Counter Revolutionaries: the history of shopping in Dundee, by Jack Searle and Craig Muir

"Counter Revolutionaries" is the history of shopping in Dundee from 1000AD to the present time set against a description of developments in retailing taking place elsewhere. It includes an account of the development of the major locally owned department stores that dominated the centre of Dundee from the second half of the nineteenth century through to the 1960s. There is also a section dealing with Dundee in the mid 1950s, a time when the city was in its prime as a shopping centre. The book can be ordered on line from for £15, including postage and packing. It is also available at local bookshops.

The Big Picture, by Jack Searle and Craig Muir

A comprehensive history of cinema-going and cinemas in Dundee. In the 1930s Dundee was one of the most cinema crazy cities in the United Kingdom. This copiously illustrated book has two strands - the buildings in which films were shown and the people involved in the showing of them. The Big Picture covers the period from the very beginning when films were shown in tents and variety theatres to the all-digital films and cinemas of today. The book is available at £11.99 from local bookshops or can be ordered on line from

What's in a Name, by Callum Webster and Craig Muir

This book is described as a history of Broughty Ferry through its street names. It traces the growth of Broughty Ferry from fishing village to beach resort to the attractive and bustling seaside settlement it has become today. Full of references to families and individuals who have lived in Broughty Ferry, it is a thoroughly entertaining read. If you have ever lived in Broughty Ferry, visited the place, and even if you have never been there at all, but have an interest in the vagaries of life in a small town, this is not a book to miss. The book is available at £11.99 from local bookshops.

Dundee Cinemas, by Denis Naulty

A personal account of the story of the movies' development in Dundee from 1896 to the end of the 20th century. Now out of print

Dundee City Centre Closes, by Andrew Nicoll and Stuart Walker

A report of a survey of the major city centre closes in Dundee. This was commissioned by the Trust in 2003 to investigate their potential for improvement. The report is available to download as a pdf file - Download Dundee Closes Study [PDF-855KB]

Dundee Civic Trust 1973-2008, by Jack Searle

This is a short history of the Trust, from its inception by a small group of citizens concerned about the pace of demolition in 1960s Dundee and through to the first decade of the 21st century.

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