Learning Journey "Xplores" Discovery Walk heroes

31st October 2016

Xplore Dundee is helping local people appreciate the local heroes who have helped put Dundee on the map.

The bus operator has been working with Dundee Science Centre and Go Dundee to support this year’s Learning Journey, which took place on Saturday 29th October and was enjoyed by more than 40 people who filled a double decker bus to tour various key areas of the city. The theme was ‘Discovery Walk’, focusing on the local people whose names have been immortalised in nine bronze plaques set into the pavement at the new waterfront development. 

The journey began at Discovery Walk itself and took in the DC Thomson building at Meadowside, the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie , NCR on the Kingsway and the D’Arcy Thompson Museum at Old Hawkhill. At each stop-off point there was a presentation and discussion about the local heroes who’ve helped shaped Dundee’s past, present and future, including the comics artist RD Low, Walter Spear and Peter Le Comber who pioneered semiconductor research and life sciences expert D’Arcy Thompson. 

It’s the seventh year of Go Dundee’s Learning Journey, which forms part of the 2016 Dundee Science Festival and aims to increase people's sense of engagement, confidence and pride in their city. Richard Gourlay, Communications Manager for Dundee Science Centre said: 

Xplore Dundee is a supporting partner to both Dundee Science Centre’s Community Engagement Programme and Dundee Science Festival. We worked in partnership with Go Dundee, creating a lively and exciting event, stemming from notable Dundee achievers of the past who have had significant impact in areas such as life sciences, medical research, education, technology and creative industries. 

The Go Dundee event has been as popular as ever this year, and we were delighted that Xplore Dundee came on board once again, ensuring that the ‘Local Heroes’ themed, festival event was a learning journey to remember.”

Managing Director of Xplore Dundee Elsie Turbyne said: 

“It’s a pleasure to support an event like the Learning Journey, which celebrates the best of our city and its people. Using the bus to visit these key destinations is the ideal way for the participants to take in the sights of Dundee and enjoy this important event in the city’s calendar.

Published 31st October 2016