Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Weat Henderson's Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BT

Contact: 01383 309060



Travel back in time to the height of Dundee’s textile industry with a tour of this nineteenth century jute mill. The museum tells the dramatic story of Dundee’s textile industry and its workers, and the restored courtyard, period rooms and working machinery add to the atmosphere of this listed Victorian building. The exhibition includes audiovisual shows, computer interactives and displays of historic artefacts.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A school visit to Verdant Works enhances classroom teaching with the memorable experience of learning in historic surroundings. Period features and working machinery make Verdant Works the ideal location for pupils to experience life and work in Victorian Scotland.

Verdant Works holds a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

Some comments following school visits:

“An interesting visit pitched at the right level for the age of the children.” (Class teacher)

“We really enjoyed it – the teachers said it was the best trip ever and we all thought so too.” (P7 pupil)

“It was the most cool, fun and educational trip I’ve ever been on.”  (P6 pupil)

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A school visit includes an introduction to the mill and its history with one of our experienced guides, as well as a demonstration of the working machinery showing pupils how jute is processed from the raw material to the finished woven fabric.

The exhibition galleries are self-guiding, so classes can explore these at their own pace.
Workshop activity sessions are also available, which give pupils the opportunity to investigate and explore themes in more detail. These are included free of charge as part of your class visit. For more information about the workshops that are currently available, please contact the Education Officer or visit our website.

We are also happy to tailor a visit to the age and ability of pupils, and to specific topics being covered in the classroom – please contact the Education Officer to discuss your requirements.

What size groups do they cater for?

We have no limit on group size, though larger parties will need to be divided into smaller groups for the guided parts of the visit.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

To get the most out of your school visit, it is worth taking the time to do some advance planning. The Education Officer will be happy to discuss your requirements and make sure you have all the information you need. In addition, you can also take advantage of:

• Free familiarisation visits: Teachers can visit the museum in advance of a class trip at no additional cost

• Teacher’s Orientation Guides: These printed guides contain a map of the museum along with ideas for activities and points for discussion with pupils. They are available from the Education Office and will also be sent out with your booking confirmation.

• Education Pack: This gives detailed background information about both Discovery Point and Verdant Works, and includes worksheets and activities that can be used in the classroom or during a museum visit. The Education Pack is available on CD, if you would like a copy please contact Education Officer for further details.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are welcome to make a free familiarisation visit in advance of a visit, and we also have a Risk Advice leaflet that can be downloaded from our website.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Brian Kelly
Education and Community Outreach Officer
Telephone: (01382) 309078 (direct line) or 309060 (switchboard)

What does it cost?

School visits to Verdant Works cost £3.25 per pupil with one adult going free for every 10 children. Additional adults are charged at £6.00 each.

Joint tickets with our other museum, Discovery Point, are also available at £5.00 per pupil and £9.25 for additional adults over the 1-to-10 ratio.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

There are qualified first aiders on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Rooms at Verdant Works can be booked for the use of visiting school groups. These can be used for activity and workshop sessions, packed lunches and for the storage of bags and coats. Please let us know when booking your visit if you require a room for your class.

The gift shop at Verdant Works sells a variety of souvenirs, toys and novelties as well as jute- and Victorian-themed items, and a visit here is a popular way of rounding off a trip to the museum. As space in the shop is limited, it is helpful if pupils visit the shop in small groups.

Verdant Works Café offers a varied menu of snacks, including hot and cold drinks to take away.

Are there disabled facilities?

Full disabled access throughout the museum.

What are your opening days and hours?

Verdant Works is open all year apart from 25th/26th December and 1st/2nd January.
April–October: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday 11.00am to 6.00pm
November–March: Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday 11.00 am to 4.30 pm

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Science & Technology SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Geography History Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December