With 15 bronzed plaques already installed in Slessor Gardens, there are now plans for Discovery Walk to install an additional five plaques to be installed in 2023. We are asking for members of the public and local community groups and organisations to contact the committee with recommendations for the next five plaques.
The Discovery Walk Steering Group drafted a working criteria and if anyone feels that they can recommend an individual or groups who satisfy this criteria, we would love to hear from you.
The criteria for selection is that the nominees must be deceased, and must have been born or spent much of their lives in Dundee. They must have made a notable or influential discovery either in Dundee or clearly linked to the city.
Among the current individuals honoured on the walk are inventors, scientists, philanthropists, engineers, and artists from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Some of them are not well known to the public and have not been widely recognised for their work in the city – this project aims to show as wide a range of Dundee’s contributions to science and society as possible.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us @DiscoveryWalkDundee on Facebook too.
Please help us continue to celebrate Dundee’s great legacy of discovery which can inspire future generations of Dundonians!
Discovery Walk is the brainchild of Kelly Marr, an Australian who has made Dundee her home.
Kelly commented: “I was inspired by the famous Writers’ Walk around Sydney Harbour celebrating more than 50 writers either from or associated with Australia in some way.
“During the last 20 years I would hear about some of the great innovations that were made in Dundee, and I always felt that it was a great shame that such achievements were not celebrated publicly. Discovery Walk will ensure that this part of the city’s heritage is never forgotten, and it will mean the city can take an enormous pride in the people that are celebrated.“
Dundee-based artist and illustrator Suzanne Scott, who works under the name WhimSicAL LusH, was commissioned to design the plaques. Suzanne has exhibited all over Scotland and her unique illustrations have featured in widely sold prints, stationary, mugs and jewellery.
Suzanne said: ““I am beyond delighted to have been asked to be a part of this exciting and interesting project. To have my work be part of the Dundee Waterfront is such an honour. I was born in Dundee and came back to live here 15 years ago. I never left as it is a beautiful and inspiring city, which I am proud to live in.”
The Discovery Walk project is being steered by a group comprising representatives of Dundee City Council, Abertay Historical Society, Abertay University, University of Dundee, Dundee Science Centre and Axis Shield Diagnostics.