ONE OF Scotland’s most iconic visitor attractions, Discovery Point in Dundee, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday 1 July but, despite it being the start of the school summer holidays, visitors are being encouraged to wrap up warm!
Discovery Point, which is also home to the RRS Discovery, will be hosting an austral winter – winter in the Southern Hemisphere – as experienced by the crew of the RRS Discovery that included Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson, on the highly successful British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901.
Visitors on 1 July will be able to discover what it takes to be a polar explorer; learn how to tie knots like a sailor; watch a live demonstration of the preparation of hoosh and the chance to taste traditional ships biscuits and take part in an interactive afternoon of exploration, experiments, and messy play. One lucky winner will also win a prize and have their artwork displayed in Scott’s cabin for the month!
As well as being an important catalyst for Dundee’s regeneration, sitting alongside the new V&A Dundee as the centrepiece of the £1 billion Waterfront Development, Discovery Point has been the source of many fond memories for locals and fellow Scots alike.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Discovery Point is asking people to share their memories of their visits to the attraction. Were you one of the Primary Seven children from Dundee’s Blackness Primary School who buried a time capsule in the foundations of the building or a pupil from Hayshead Primary in Arbroath who met with the late Duke of Edinburgh in the Scientific Exhibit area on the opening day on 1 July 1993 and explained your project on conservation? Or were you a member of Craigie High School’s Wind Band or Tayside Youth Strathspey and Reel Orchestra, who kept the waiting public and first visitors entertained? Or maybe you have fond memories of volunteering or working at Discovery Point over the past 30 years? Perhaps a visit to Discovery Point led you to take a greater interest in exploration or gave you a taste for adventure?
If you would like to share your memories of Discovery Point, please get in touch via:
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