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.

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).
 “The ring was a perfect fit” 
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!