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V & A visit proves a hit at annual outing

David Dow reports on the 2019 Older Members’ summer outing, which this year took place in Dundee.

This particular older member remembers the Dundee waterfront when it was home to two railway stations and a Royal Arch commemorating Queen Victoria's visit of 1844.

Fast-forward to 1 July 2019, and the big event on Dundee's waterfront was the summer outing of the IMS Older Members group to the new Victoria and Albert museum. This was a popular choice of destination, with 33 people present.

A museum that’s making history…

The entrance of the V&A, Dundee

Opened in September 2018, this is the only V&A museum outside London. Designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (who has also designed the stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics) the museum is an international centre for design, with particular reference to Scotland's design heritage.

Its diverse collection includes: a costume from the Star Wars film franchise, a 15th century illuminated manuscript, a Cartier Valkyrie winged tiara, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh oak room, and a pair of Hunter wellies. The museum has already attracted over half a million visitors, fulfilling its role as a key part of the £1billion scheme to regenerate Dundee's waterfront.

Our party was divided into two groups and guided around the highlights of the museum, learning about its design and construction, as well as about some of the contents.

Support from CABA

IMS older members at the V&A Dundee

After lunch, CABA Ambassador, Les Hodgson reminded us of the many services available through CABA. CABA's support can come in many forms, and can be especially useful to members and their partners facing the challenge of long-term medical conditions. We as a group are particularly grateful to CABA, as they generously subsidise these summer outings!

Some dates for your diary…

Outings like this have become an annual fixture in the IMS calendar, so look out for the next one, which is anticipated to take place in early July 2020. The plan is to alternate between Edinburgh and elsewhere; so next year's gathering is set to be in Edinburgh. In the meantime, members of all ages are welcome at any of the many events run by IMS. Of particular interest might be the IMS Supper at The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh on 25 September and the Festive Networking event at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh on 4 December.

A final fact…

The Queen Victoria arch was demolished in 1964 to make way for the Tay Bridge approach road. To the best of my knowledge Dundee City Council has no plans to erect any new monument to celebrate the 2019 IMS visit.

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