Photos from the city where the phrase ‘Beatlemania’ was coined have been acquired by a museum in Dundee. The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum has recently acquired a set of 33 photographs and 38 negatives from the Beatles last performance on the 20th October, 1964 at Caird Hall in Dundee. The photographs were taken by Dundee-based professional photographer Winnie Forbes-Cochrane, and include a letter of provenance and copyright documents.
The photographs are of obvious significance to their collection, the phrase Beatlemania was first conceived in Dundee after a promoter witnessed fans’ frenzy at Caird Hall in the city. These pictures represent a snap shot of the height of the craze. With a good number of the photographs being of the fans, the city’s people are reflected in these images, capturing a piece of social history.
The images show fans surrounding their car as the Beatles arrive, the Fab Four sitting together on a couch being interviewed before the show and the band playing on stage. According to reports on the day, there were 6,000 screaming teenage girls that all but drowned out the Beatles set. Indeed, 15 of the photographs are of fans in a frenzied state.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
“We have such a rich and diverse musical heritage in Dundee. Caird Hall and the concerts there are a huge part of that, so it’s really pleasing to see these pictures of The Beatles come home. These pictures are a fantastic acquisition for The McManus and will now be preserved in our collections for future generations to enjoy.”
Curators at The McManus plan for the photographs to go on display at some point this year.
Image Credit: Dundee City Council (Dundee's Art Galleries and Museums)