Last Chance to Book! Fundraising Dinner

Our fund-raising dinner is an opportunity for YOU to support the restoration of a landmark building and the creation of an exciting visitor attraction that will preserve the transport heritage of the local area. Find out more about the Maryfield Tram Depot project here.


Fundraising Dinner
Friday 4th November
7pm for 7.30pm
Invercarse Hotel
Dress code – Lounge Suit
£40 per head / £400 per table (10)
Contact for enquiries and tickets

Guest Speaker – Willie Hunter

wh600Willie Hunter is currently one of the senior partners of the Edinburgh legal firm Gillespie Macandrew and is the partner in charge of their estate agency department which trades under his name Hunters.

He has been a lifelong supporter of Hearts but has retained a sense of humour despite that. On Saturdays he can be found at Tynecastle Park where he is the resident MC in the main hospitality suite and takes great pride in the fact that he is one of the few people who actually gets paid for watching Hearts.

Guest Speaker – Deborah Leslie

debbie600Deborah Leslie is a superb after dinner speaker. She is a published short story writer, children’s novelist and prize-winning Doric writer. She is the author of two children’s novels and has published three collections of short stories written in the North East’s Doric dialect.

“…Debbie replied to the Toast to the Lassies where she gave it to the men with both barrels, reduced the hall to helpless laughter and made herself an instant heroine to the womenfolk of the community…” – Mark Stephen, Brodcaster and Fyties Hall Chairman

Auction & Raffle List

Airport Transfer (Airport Travel)
Round of Golf for 4 (Piperdam)
Holiday Home for 1 week in Aviemore (Ramsay Travel)
Magnum of Champagne (Thorntons)
Xmas Hamper (Dobbies Garden Centre)
Case of Wine, 6 bottles (PS Ridgeway)
Hospitality (Lochee United)
Car Service up to the value of £140 (Blackness Auto)
Mercedes Benz Watch, +£200 value, (PS Ridgeway)
A fantastic selection of Tools (Dingbros)
Round of Golf for 4 people @ Blairgowrie (GS Insurance)
Hamper (Grosset’s Butcher)
Hospitality for 2 at Dens Park at any Category B match in the 2016/17 season. Includes seats in the Directors box and snacks in the 169 club in the Gilzean Lounge (Dundee FC)
Web site hosting for 2 years including domain name registration (PR Systems)
2 places in the Captains box at Tannadice for a home match including food with a pay bar (Dundee Untied FC)
4 for hospitality (Lochee United)
Round of golf for 4 (Ballumbie Golf Course)
Dog Grooming (Absolute Dogs)
Dundee Stars Home Game for 4
Free MOT (Dundee Car Services)

And many more individual items!

November 4th. It’s a night not to be missed.

A huge thanks also to Larry Duncan and Tom McMillan from Lochee United and also Duncan Souter from Brodie Duncan Kitchens for their support in organising this event.

Maryfield Funding Drive Continues


Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 20th October) revealed that their Heritage Lottery Fund application for just over £2M will be refined and enhanced after receiving detailed feedback from the funding institution.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  It is currently planned that the funding will be used in the development phase of the Maryfield Tram Depot project.

The HLF were complimentary of the project, where they “considered that [the] project did qualify for support”.  In addition, the achievements to-date and ambition of Dundee Museum of Transport were highlighted, as was the Trust’s ability to work with partners and build on local partnerships.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said:

“We are not at all dismayed with the outcome that we received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position and resilience of the Trust to ensure that we are more than capable of delivering our ambitious project.”

“We have had nothing but strong support from the HLF, with our project being identified as eligible for funding.  As such, we will be using this time to work with our existing partners to strengthen key aspects of the organisation.”

The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are continuing to drive the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £4 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Dundee Museum of Transport is currently open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 to 15.30 at its temporary Market Street premises.

£500,000 boost for Dundee’s Maryfield Tram Depot

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today announced a £500,000 boost to help Dundee Museum of Transport renovate the former Maryfield Tram Depot.

In the early 1900s the B-Listed red brick building housed the city’s trams, part of a popular network that operated for 79 years. After the last tram left the building in 1956, Maryfield became home to a fleet of buses, cementing its position as an important part of the city’s industrial and social heritage.

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
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Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
The building has stood empty in recent years, falling into disrepair, but has now been bought by Dundee Museum of Transport. The funding from Historic Environment Scotland will help them to make the repairs needed to make it a permanent home for their collections.

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said,

“Dundee Museum of Transport have developed a clear and pragmatic business plan for renovating the building, and it’s clear they have strong support locally as well as from funders like HLF. It’s great to see a project which has such a high level of community interest, and I’m looking forward to seeing the museum in its new home.”

The money is awarded as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. This is the third round of investment to be announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said,

“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland is contributing significantly towards the vital repairs required to the Maryfield Tram Depot.  This is a crucial scheme in our development plan towards transforming the B-listed building into a modern transport museum fit for the future.  Our mission as a Trust is to preserve and enhance our rich transport heritage for generations to come, and this grant is a significant step in achieving that goal.”

“With the predicted influx of visitors set to descend on Dundee in the months and years ahead, a result of the ongoing investment in the city and its Waterfront, we believe that Dundee Museum of Transport has an important role to play.  Not only will it be a fantastic, engaging and accessible tourist attraction for the city, but a place in which we can spark fresh interest in Dundee’s heritage, and re-ignite memories of days gone by.”

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]
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Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]

Steam Weekend – Spring 2016 Debrief

We would just like to fire out a quick message to everyone, thanking you all for coming along to an amazing weekend here at Dundee Museum of Transport celebrating everything Steam.  Thank you!

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We had a phenomenal turnout and we will certainly update this post once we tally up the visitor numbers but it was without a shadow of a doubt, the busiest Steam Weekend we have had to date.  As you can see from the photos above, our volunteers, members and exhibitors were out in force with smiles on their faces (not to mention coal!) as well as a real drive to provide a bit of fun.  Also, we were very happy to be able to offer attendees to this weekends’ event £1 off an adult ticket for next week’s Open Day & Drive it Day.

This year also saw the commencement of two new features to our museum for this season;

Dress Up & Get Your Photo Aboard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

This was a great success on our Facebook Page and everyone loved the opportunity to dress up and get their photos taken!  We will be continuing this on selected dates in the future, so stay tuned for more info!

Tea on the Bus

Again, this was a big hit and some excellent comments were received from our visitors.  We trialled this back in 2015 but decided to “up the ante” and create a special treat for our visitors.  As you can see, our very own Matthew, Sheena and John clearly enjoyed themselves when they were “testing” it out!  We are hoping to run this once a month throughout the season, so we will let you know once we have it all planned out.

Press Release: Transport Museum Secures Major Funding from Local Trust

Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 31st March 2016) announced the first fruits of its fundraising drive, with confirmation of a £80,000 grant.

The Mathew Trust, based in Dundee, aims to support individuals into employment.  Its grant will fund a new Museum Director and a consultancy post for two years to carry the project forward.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said: “We are extremely privileged to have been offered this grant from the Mathew Trust- it will allow us to carry the project forward by bringing in the expertise we need to make the very best of this opportunity that we have.

“We would like to thank the Mathew Trust for showing their support in such a spectacular way, and we are looking forward to announcing further financial support over the coming months.”

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The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are driving the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £5 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Jim Clarkson, Regional Director at VisitScotland added, “This £80,000 grant from the Mathew Trust will help Dundee Museum of Transport continue its programme of improvement at a time when the city is undergoing some exciting changes, particularly in terms of the Waterfront Development.”

“In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the grant will help Dundee Museum of Transport remain an exciting part of the city’s tourism offering, boosting the visitor economy in the process.”

Dundee Museum of Transport begins its Summer 2016 season next month and is currently open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm at its temporary Market Street premises.

Spring/Summer 2016 Season Begins!

We are now open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 3.30pm here at Dundee Museum of Transport at Market Mews!

Admission charges for this season are £4.00 per adult, £2.00 per child and we now have a family ticket for £10.00 which allows access for 2 adults and 2 children.

We have a lot planned this year, with many new exhibitions- so come along, join in and support us in our mission!

Proposal Successful at Dundee Museum of Transport!

Huge congratulations from all at Dundee Museum of Transport go out to Scott McConville and Natalie Hill from Airdrie who got engaged in the museum, yesterday afternoon, after Scott proposed inside our classic Mini!

What was the story?  Read on to find out…

Scott had phoned us last week asking if he could propose to his girlfriend; so yesterday they both turned up.  Scott quickly came into the museum and handed our volunteer, Sheena, a ring in its box for her to place in the Mini where he intended to propose to Natalie.  Out of all the cars in the museum, Scott chose the Mini as he has a Mini albeit a BMW version.
Once Scott had paid the entrance fee keeping up the appearance that it was a normal day at the museum, I made the excuse that the best way to view the museum was to start at hall three and work their way back to hall one. This gave Sheena time to set up the Mini.
 “Out of all the cars, Scott chose the Mini” 
Scott who has been known to trail Natalie round various transport museums around the country played his part well taking numerous photographs of the vehicles while Natalie’s teeth chattered in the cold halls (it does get cold in winter, we’ll admit that now!).
When they entered our main hall, Scott (clearly nervous by this point) took the long route to the Mini.  Not wanting to intrude, Sheena stayed out of sight but she could hear Scott trying to encourage Natalie to sit in the Mini so that she could find the ring (she took a bit of encouragement from Scott).
However, all was well and once Sheena knew the proposal had been accepted she invited Scott and Natalie into the café for a little glass of bubbly (Irn Bru for Scott as he was driving).
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The ring was a perfect fit, which was all down to a lot of research by Scott who consulted Natalie’s Gran on a number of occasions (who is the go-to woman for all things jewellery in the family) and on the third attempt they thought the ring was the correct size.
After phoning round the relatives to tell them the good news, Scott just had to have a good look at the cars again with one of his favourites being the Cosworth.

A massive congratulations, once again, and good luck for the future!

The Dundee Sportsman Dinner – Award Presentation

We were the proud hosts of the 2016 award ceremony for the Dundee Sportsman Dinner earlier this month.  This was an awards presentation to clubs and individuals from fundraising last year.

The award ceremony was held at the museum of the 20th January, with feedback suggesting that it was one of the best turnouts they have ever had to an awards presentation with over 100 people in attendance.  It was a fantastic Saturday had by all.  See below for the list of award winners.

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  • Broughty Ferry United FC
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  • Grove  Menzieshill Hockey Club
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  • Forfarshire Cricket Club
  • Harris FP Rugby Club
  • Morgan FP Rugby Club
  • The Brae Riding for the Disabled
  • Wormit Boating Club
  • Dundee Dragon Wheelchair Club
  • Dundee Nomads Junior Badminton
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Tay Road Bridge – Parade


Dundee Museum of Transport is currently organising a major parade to celebrate 50 years of the Tay Road Bridge.  As part of the parade, the aim is to have one car from each year since the bridge was built – 50 vehicles from vintage to brand new!  So, if you have a vehicle that fits the description, then please contact us via our online form and you may be in with the chance of joining the parade!

Early booking is advised, as there are only 30 places left.

The parade will be taking place on Sunday 21st August, leaving from Fife at 12.45pm and making its way across the bridge, right into the heart of the town.  Plans are progressing, and we are hoping that we will be able to use the new Slessor Gardens, right in the centre of the brand new Waterfront Development.

Either way, we have a fun-filled day planned with quality food stalls, carnival, face painting- a proper family day out.