For much of the 19th century Dundee was famous the world over for the manufacture of goods made from Indian jute. So much so that it became known as Juteopolis. At it’s height the industry employed 50,000 people in hundreds of mills throughout the city.
Verdant Works was one such mill which has now been converted into a museum dedicated to telling the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage. Victorian Dundee was very much a tale of two cities – on the one hand the incredibaly harsh and dangerous conditions suffered by the mill workers and on the other the Jute Barons, with their wealthy and privilaged lifestyles.
© Mark Simms Photography (2019)