PRESS RELEASE: Dundee Museum of Transport Announces Official Opening Date

DUNDEE – Monday 16th December 2013

From left: Jack Reilly and Jimmy McDonell

Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) announced on Saturday that their current premises at Market Mews will be opening to the public on Saturday 26th April 2014 after nearly four years of planning.  The announcement came during a book launch aboard the Frigate Unicorn for Jack Reilly’s book, “The Caledon Shipyard” which was in partnership with the museum.  The book has generated significant interest which tells the story of the Caledon Shipyard from his mass collection of images and information that he collected whilst working there from the 1950s onwards.  Its launch, which was host to ex-Lord Provost John Letford who was also a worker in the shipyard, was an overwhelming success with all available copies at the event sold out.

From left: Stewart Hosie MP, Marjorie Knowles, Murray Thomson, Norman Robertson, Jimmy McDonell, John Letford and Joe Fitzpatrick MSP

Chairman of the museum, Jimmy McDonell explained his delight surrounding the book launch,

“Today has been a fantastic event, which superseded our expectations. We are thrilled to be able to announce the opening of the museum so that we can re-live the rich transport heritage that the Dundee area has to offer”

Their current premises will act as a temporary museum whilst work behind the scenes will continue to acquire and develop the Maryfield Tram Depot as a permanent location for DMofT.  Jimmy also announced at Saturday’s book launch that the initial stage for Heritage Lottery Funding has been reached today, with the submission of an enquiry and it is hoped that the outcome will be received by the new year.

DMofT is now on Facebook and Twitter and if you have any queries regarding the book or the museum itself you can contact Matthew Jackson (publicity@dmoft.co.uk).

   

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