Dundee Museum of Transport Re-opening Reception

The team at Dundee Museum of Transport would like to thank members, volunteers and invited guests for coming along on a very chilly day yesterday, Friday 1st February, to get a sneak preview of the new displays for 2019 and to hear about the museum and it’s future plans.

Following a welcome address by the Museum Chair John Letford MBE, Museum Manager Samantha Walker provided an overview of the museum and its activities in recent years. With visitor numbers increasing by over 20% year-on-year, greater volunteer involvement and new and continuing partnerships with local organisations, the museum is going from strength-to-strength.

The Museum’s Vice-Chair, Peter Webber, then provided an update on the Maryfield Tram Depot project.

Thanks to all who attended

Following consultations with the local community, members and volunteers and other key supporters, a new, phased development was announced that would see the former tram depot brought back to life as a museum.

To provide a full picture of the proposal, www.maryfieldtramdepot.org was officially launched. The museum team felt it was important for this project to have a dedicated website that could be updated as the project develops and also provide a forum for our supporters to share their views and ideas.

We would once again like to thank all those who attended the reception and are looking forward to meeting the thousands of visitors that we will welcome in 2019. We would also like to thank our amazing volunteers for the weeks of hard work in preparing the museum for the season ahead and for the hospitality that they provided during our re-opening reception.

The Museum is now open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am – 3:30pm (last admission 3pm) this February and then open daily (except Tuesdays) from 1st March.

Dundee Museum of Transport & Alzheimer’s Scotland Project

Dundee Museum of Transport and Alzheimer’s Scotland joined forces for 6 months in 2018 for a pilot project aimed at supporting individuals living with dementia and their carers.

The project started with monthly groups of day service clients (a maximum of 12 individuals, including carers) being invited for a tour of the museum and an afternoon tea type of refreshment. The first two visits involved the partaking of refreshments upon a dining coach which proved highly popular.  This touch created much reminisce and instigated a lot of different discussion about social history relating to the era of the coach along with bus transportation.

Group visit from Alzheimer’s Scotland in 2018

The tour itself proved extremely popular and instigated memories – both social, historical and transport related as the museum, whilst targeting transportation, includes a great deal of social history – Tay Road Bridge – Fifies – Champion the Wonder Horse etc.  The atmosphere, smells and sounds evoked memories and there was much animated chat whilst the tours took place.

Jeni Sinclair (Dementia Advisor / Volunteer Coordinator at Alzheimer’s Scotland said:

“The organisation was swift and seamless and the volunteers took smaller groups round which was invaluable as individuals were gaining a more personalised service. The volunteers themselves are a credit to the museum; each and every one of them were empathetic towards all members of the group and supported members who were less able by providing wheelchair support throughout the tour. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable in their roles and the enthusiasm and knowledge that they displayed made the tour come alive.”

Both Dundee Museum of Transport and Alzheimer’s Scotland hope to continue these group visits in 2019.

On completion of the activity Alzheimer Scotland staff requested feedback from participants who took part in the tours.

“Really enjoyed the visit”

“Overall really enjoyed the group, tour and refreshments”

“Would go again – not enough time to take it all in”

“Excellent afternoon, staff couldn’t be more helpful from start to finish”

“Very Well organised, wheelchairs available for those would can’t walk far; excellent afternoon & would recommend”

“Looking forward to new premises – will visit again”

 

Thanks to Jeni Sinclair of Alzheimer’s Scotland for providing the content for this article.

 

 

Volunteer Thank You

Trustees Don Ridgway and Peter Webber were delighted to present museum volunteer Ian Innes with a thank you card and gift voucher this week. Ian showed exceptional customer service during the museum’s recent VisitScotland assessment, achieving five stars in the service and hospitality grading. The museum achieved an overall grading of three stars and will continue to develop its offer to visitors in the hope of achieving four stars in the future.

Left to right: Don Ridgway, Ian Innes and Peter Webber

Congratulations Ian!

Volunteer Profile – David Reid

David has been signed up as a museum volunteer since May 2017. He splits his time between working at the front desk and as a guide. He is always extremely willing to help wherever he is needed.

Q.    What made you become a volunteer at the DMofT?

A.     While on a career break, I was looking for something to do to fill my day, and I spotted an advert asking foR volunteers to help as a guide on a bus tour organised by the DMofT. From there I was asked to help in the museum and I was hooked. I now volunteer two days a week and hope to help more on the events and open days.

Q.    Would you say volunteering is fun?

A.      It is excellent fun, I don’t think of it as work. Every day is different and everyone is very friendly.

Q.     What has been the best bit about working at the DMofT?

A.       I really like interacting with the visitors, I get great pleasure out of passing on information to them and seE them enjoying their time at the DMofT

Q.      What have you gained out of your time at the DMofT?

A.        I have gained a vast amount of knowledge as well as new friends. I learn something new every time I volunteer at the museum. I have since got a job at the Dundee Industrial Heritage Ltd and I am currently working at Verdant Works, this is all down to me enjoying my time at DMofT and therefore changing my career.

Q.       What would you like to see in the future at the DMofT?

A.        I want to see the museum grow and attract more visitors, I am very excited about the Maryfield site and I am looking forward to the day when we move up there.

Dundee Sportsman Dinner – Award presentation

We were the proud hosts of the award ceremony for the Dundee Sportsman Dinner last weekend. This was an awards presentation to clubs and individuals from fundraising from the dinner in September 2017 and a fantastic £18,750 was distributed!

The award ceremony was held on the 27th January and it was the best turnout yet with over 90 people in attendance. It was a fantastic Saturday had by all – congratulations to all involved.

See below for the list of award winners:

  • Broughty Ferry United FC
  • Dundee East Sports Club
  • Grove  Menzieshill Hockey Club
  • Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club
  • Dundee City Council sports Awards
  • Dundee  Hawkhill Harriers Athletic Club
  • Dundee High Rugby Club
  • 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
  • Leanne Mc Kenzie
  • Christian Clark
  • Roy Johnston
  • Karly Robertson

Visit at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

 

Situated in a wee and beautiful harbour in the town of Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum has been running since 1969. We went to visit as, like us, this museum is an independent Trust but it is much more developed. Our volunteers and staff found the visit really interesting – we found out about how they manage their collections and took inspiration from their displays and retail area. Thanks to all the team at the museum for spending the afternoon with us!

Don’t hesitate to go visit them. Here’s the link to their website => http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

Advertisement for Museum Trustees

ADVERTISEMENT Trustees – Dundee Museum of Transport.

Deadline: Monday 31st July 2017

Dundee Museum of Transport (a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SCO41529) is currently recruiting Trustees to join its governing board. This is a voluntary role. We are looking especially for individuals with professional experience in any of the following areas:

·         Legal

·         Secretarial

·         Fundraising

·         Museums / visitor attractions or experience of working in the third sector

This is an exciting time to be a Trustee with Dundee Museum of Transport. Having secured the site of the former Maryfield Tram Depot in 2014, the Board of Trustees are working towards strengthening the management of the museum in preparation for a major re-development project of this Grade ‘B’ listed building. Dundee Museum of Transport has been open at its Market Mews site for three years and is developing a fantastic collection of transport-related objects. It has established itself as an important attraction with the City.

The Board of Trustees meet monthly on a weekday during the last week of the month and a number of sub-committees have been set-up to support specific areas of the museum, from events to finance.

Experience of working in the third sector would be beneficial however it is not essential. Knowledge of museums is not required, although an interest in heritage is desirable.

We hope you will agree this is a fantastic opportunity to develop and utilise your skills to help run a successful small museum and take part in shaping its future development. For more information about the museum visit www.dmoft.co.uk.

You can find out more about the role and responsibilities of Trustees in The Essential Trustee Guide from the Charity Commission. For an informal chat please contact either the Chairman of the Board, Mr James McDonell or the Museum Manager, Samantha Bannerman, on tel: 01382 455 196

 

Deadline: Monday 31st July 2017

To apply: Please send expressions of interest together with a C.V. to: Mr James McDonell, Chairman, chairman@dmoft.co.uk or by post to Mr James McDonell, Chairman, Dundee Museum of Transport, Unit 10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee, DD1 3LA.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s purpose statement:

The Dundee Museum of Transport will preserve the transport heritage of Dundee and the surrounding area. We aim to enable our visitors to gain enjoyment, learning and inspiration from our collections, buildings and activities.

 

 

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.