REVEALED: First exhibits announced for Dundee V&A

Philip Long with lead curator Joanna Norman in front of an image of the throne chair which will be on display at the V&A Museum.

Some of the key objects set to go on display in the V&A museum in Dundee when it opens next year have been revealed.

Thirteen exhibits — from a pair of green wellies to art work from DC Thomson’s own Dennis the Menace — were showcased at a special event.

They will form part of two permanent galleries at the museum that will represent Scotland’s design heritage.

The museum is due to open in the second half of next year.

Director of the V&A Philip Long said it had taken years of diligent research to get to this stage.

He added: “The Scottish Design Galleries, which will be at the heart of V&A Dundee will highlight and celebrate the influence of Scottish Design both at home and abroad.

“The majority of the objects will come from the world renowned V&A collections and have never been displayed in Scotland before.

“Others will be loans from collections and designers across Scotland.

“Getting to this stage has taken years of diligent research and the hard work goes on.

Hannah Sandford and Rachel Bowman with their medical device.

“Over the coming months, we will continue to secure fascinating objects and begin moving them to the new galleries to prepare for the museum opening in the second half of 2018.”

When the museum opens, visitors will be able to see around 300 objects, including a 500-year-old prayer book, a Highland pistol, a Jacobite garter, a dress designed by Holly Fulton, a throne chair, a bookcase designed by George Logan, a medical device and a photograph of the Forth Bridge.

Mr Long said: “The design galleries will be at the heart of the museum and will explore what is unique about Scotland’s design landscape, historically and today.”

Joanna Norman, lead curator of the Scottish Design Galleries, said: “The influence of Scottish design is not limited to one country, it has been felt around the world.

“I think those who visit V&A Dundee will be surprised and intrigued to learn about the impact this relatively small country has, and continues to have, on the world of design.

“The Scottish Design Galleries will transform people’s knowledge of Scotland’s legacy of design and innovation.

“Drawing on the V&A’s world-famous collections of art, design and performance, it has taken several years of careful research to establish this unique collection of objects which together will tell a fascinating and relatively unknown story.

“Over the coming months, we will continue to confirm more of the objects that will go on display when the museum opens next year.”

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