Ford Model T currently on loan and on display at Dundee Museum of Transport
1915 MODEL T FORD SV 8898
What we know today as the method of Mass Production, used by countless businesses across the world was started by the Ford Motor Company on the 1st October 1908. Thanks to this pioneering method that allowed many cars to be produced at the same time in an assembly line instead of handcrafting them individually (creating economies of scale), the Model T Ford SV became one of the first affordable automobile for the average middle-class American. Hence making independent travel much more affordable and accessible.
Not long after, the Ford Model T was also the first vehicle to be built throughout various countries at the same time. It first started in Canada, and Trafford Park, Manchester (England). They were later assembled in Germany, Argentina, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan.
Ford started its mass production combined with the knock-down kit concept ( a kit containing the parts needed to assemble a product, also called KD) practically from the start as all their production materials would be delivered in huge bulks.
This car is not only a great-looking vehicle, but also a symbol of human development and connection throughout history.
Before the Easter holidays we were visited by pupils from Glamis Primary School. Pupils enjoyed a tour of the museum, learning about different kinds of transport from the late 19th century to the present day.
Would you like to visit the museum with your class? We can provide pre-booked tours of the museum at discounted rates. Just download the booking form here: https://www.dmoft.co.uk/visit-us/
Pupils from Glamis PS during a recent school visit
Dundee Museum of Transport was delighted to receive a cheque for £2427.73 from the recently dissolved Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust on Friday 24th March. With the Trust achieving its objective to erect memorials to those who lost their lives in the 1879 disaster, left-over funds were donated to Dundee Museum of Transport for a Tay Rail Bridge disaster display. Trustees and volunteers from both the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust and Dundee Museum of Transport attended the cheque ceremony on Friday evening where Professor David Swinfen formally presented the funds to Museum Chairman, Jimmy McDonell.
Tay Rail Bridge Memorial Trust Chair Prof. David Swinfen presents the cheque to Museum Chair Jimmy McDonell on Friday evening at a reception in the museum.
A joint venture between Dundee Museum of Transport and Airport Travel Dundee is aiming to link the City’s cultural heritage attractions by coach. Supported by Scottish Enterprise’s Cultural Tourism Fund, the tours will see passengers guided to attractions and served afternoon tea before making their final stop at the top of the law to take in the stunning panoramic view of the City.
Four trial tours will be taking place on the following date: 25 & 26 April and 2 & 3 May. The museum is eager to recruit four volunteer guides to escort the passengers during their tour.
The conductors will be the first point of contact with the passengers. Main duties will include:
- Ensuring all passengers are accounted for from the beginning to the end of the tour.
- Making sure the tour stays on schedule.
- Providing a link between the attractions, ensuring that they are aware of the visit before arrival.
- Ensuring the safety of passengers while they are on the bus.
- Providing historical information about the City, the attractions being visited and answering any questions passengers may have.
- Gathering passenger feedback.
Training will be provided for this role. Conductors will be enrolled in the WorldHost Training Scheme and will be provided with appropriate resources to carry out the role.
The following skills and knowledge will be an advantage for any potential conductor:
- Excellent communication skills.
- A friendly and confident manner.
- A familiarity with Dundee’s past, present and ambitions for the future and a willingness to learn more about the City.
Passengers will be able to book tours Monday – Sunday from around 10am until 4pm therefore a flexible approach to this role is required.
If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with then get in touch! Please send a CV no later than 5pm on Wednesday 5th April to email@example.com.
For further information, T: 01382 455196
With sunnier days ahead of us (fingers crossed!) you can visit the museum SIX DAYS per week (Tues – Sun, 10:30am -3:30pm) until the end of October. For this season we are delighted to announce that we have a number of new exhibits to see including a fantastic display of motorbikes- the earliest dating back to 1912 – and our biggest programme of events to date! With plenty to see and do we hope to see you at the museum soon.
Over the next few weeks our future home at the former Maryfield Tram Depot on Forfar Road, Dundee, will be noticeably improved thanks to the clean-up of the site that is taking place just now. The Museum is grateful to W. Brown Roadworks Ltd. for road sweeping the car park and inside of the building. As these pictures show, they have done a fantastic job!
W. Brown Roadworks Ltd
Maryfield Car Park Before
Maryfield Car Park After
This coming weekend (18th/19th February) a team of volunteers will be on-site from 10am to clear the vegetation and tidy up the outside of the building. Are you free to help out? If so, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01382 455196.
The museum is very pleased with its most recent acquisition: a Panda Police Car purchased on ebay!
A lot of work will go into restoring this 1970s Panda car that served in Dundee
The 1970’s Morris Minor is the last of its kind as far as we know, having faithfully served in Dundee’s Police Force.
Having secured the latest addition to the museums collection, after picking it up on a 19-hour round trip to Rugby, the intention now will be to finish what the sellers, Tom and Wendy, started: to return the car to its full glory and put it on display.
This latest addition is in very good shape and with a well-preserved chassis. The original interior has been retained with all the necessary parts. The previous owners have also kindly donated their collected memorabilia — including roof lights, a police radio and some original badges and buttons from a uniform.
The Museum hopes to unveil the car, fully restored, this summer.
Dundee Museum of Transport would like to thank The Weaver Incorporation of Dundee for their generous donation of £70 following their enjoyable visit to the museum on 13th December 2016. The group received a guided tour from our team of volunteers and enjoyed having ‘tea on the bus’ after their tour. Deacon David Edgar dropped by the museum this afternoon to hand in the donation which was gratefully received by the Museum Manager.
Deacon David Edgar of The Weaver Incorporation of Dundee presents a cheque to the Museum Manager (next to a load of jute, of course!)
Shopping on-line this Christmas? Did you know that you can fundraise while you shop, and it won’t cost you a penny?
We have raised hundreds of pounds thanks to our members, volunteers and supporters who use easyfundraising.
Signing up to this site is a simple way to support Dundee Museum of Transport as we continue to raise funds for the development of Maryfield Tram Depot. All you have to do is:
- Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk
- Type Dundee Museum of Transport in the ‘Search for a cause’ field
- Click ‘Join Us’
- Register your details with the site
Once registered, you can start shopping with a variety of retailers who will make a contribution to Dundee Museum of Transport every-time you make a purchase. The more supporters that join our cause, the more funds we can raise.
We have enjoyed an increase in our visitor numbers over October and have therefore decided to delay our move into winter hours by one week! You can visit any day this week between the hours of 10:30am and 3:30pm.
From Monday 7th November we will move to our winter season. The museum will be open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 3:30pm until 28th February 2017.
If you would like to visit the museum outside of these hours, please get in touch by calling 01382 455196 or emailing email@example.com – we are more than happy to continue booking in visits outside of our normal opening hours.