Free tours will celebrate Dundee’s historic Howff

The Howff

With more than 1,000 votes, the Howff burial ground in Dundee was recently crowned as one of the country’s six most spectacular Hidden Gems as part of Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology.

To celebrate this, there is to be a free day of tours and activities at the burial ground.

An event entitled Ye Olde Careers Fayre will take place at the Howff from 10am-4pm on Saturday at which visitors can take part in a Ye Olde Careers Quiz before or during the event, which will match them to a historical trade such as maltman, merchant or ship master.

Experts at the cemetery will then provide gravestone tours based on these results.

In the lead-up to Saturday’s event, six mini-gravestones are also being displayed in shopfronts across the city.

These 3D printed models have been decorated by Callum Wallis, a recent graduate of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, to create replicas of stones in the Howff. People on the tours can watch the 3D printer in action and see some of the mini-models up close.

Simon Goulding, chairman of Dundee Howff Conservation Group, said: “As the competition to discover Scotland’s six Hidden Gems was full of fantastic entries, we never expected to be in the top six and this is all down to the people that voted.

“Thank you for your support.”