When we were searching for suitable permanent premises one location kept on being raised time-after-time. Built as a tram shed in the early 1900s, and later used as a bus depot, it has been empty for some considerable time and is just crying out for restoration and a new use.
The Maryfield Tram Depot is right in the heart of the Stobswell area between Stobsmuir Park and Morgan Academy and, restored to its former glory, it would make ideal premises to display our local transport history. As well as bringing a historic building back to life, the central location of the premises would allow visitors from a wide area to see and enjoy the transport heritage of Tayside and beyond.
After a four year campaign, on Thursday 6 November 2014 we were finally able to announce that we had successfully acquired the former Maryfield Tram Depot in Forfar Road Dundee which will become our long-term home. A huge amount of work and considerable funds are required to bring this iconic building back to its original glory. In the meantime, we continue to develop our temporary premises at Market Mews.
In March 2010, whilst in the care of Scottish Water, the Maryfield Tram Depot (Former) was moved to the “Buildings At Risk” Register for Scotland (view register here) due to its deteriorating condition. We have a huge challenge ahead of us to save this historic site.
A huge boost to the project was the announcement in June 2016 from Historic Environment Scotland that they were committing £500,000 towards the restoration. Our team of volunteers continue to seek funding for the project, with an ambitious target of £4 million to reach.
With the planning and fundraising campaign stepping up a gear in 2017, the museum needs your support more than ever. You can register your support in a number of ways; by signing up to be a member, making a donation, volunteering at the museum or visiting our current home on Market Street.