Single-deckers, double-deckers, open-toppers and coaches – this week you can see them all at Dundee Museum of Transport. The museum is hosting two bus-themed events, the first kicking off on Thursday 13th June at 6pm with an illustrated talk on Dundee Buses: From Green to Blue by transport enthusiast and amateur photographer Derek Simpson.
The talk will focus on Derek’s extensive photographic collection of Dundee’s buses over the decades and promises to be a trip down memory lane with photographs of many scenes that no longer exist in Dundee. Derek said, “in 1975 when Tayside Regional Council took over the running of Dundee’s Corporation buses it wasn’t just the colours that changed. I’m really focusing on the last years of half cabs in Dundee, the move from green to blue and also what the buses would look like as we moved into the brave new world of regionalisation.”
On Sunday the 16th of June from 10:30am – 3pm the Museum will also be hosting its annual Bus and Coach Day, with over ten vintage buses attending the Market Mews premises from across Scotland. There will also be some stalls, the popular tea-on-the-bus and free vintage bus runs for visitors to enjoy.
Our first museum talk of the 2019 season kicks off on the 22nd of May, 6pm, with ‘Bridgescapes: Scotland’s Bridge Building Heritage’ by L. Bruce Keith.
Join us for a fascinating journey through Scotland’s Bridge Building Heritage. Scotland boasts a rich and varied heritage. Its landscapes and history combine to provide a legacy of human endeavour, ingenuity and endurance. Within that heritage lies a tangible and functional element of Man’s Creation – the bridge – linking lands and communities while providing a structural artefact and landscape element that reaches beyond its primary purpose as transport infrastructure.
As author John Buchan said: The bridge is a symbol of mans conquest of nature. History social, economic and military clusters more thickly about bridges than about towns and citadels. Bruce Keith authored Bridgescapes in 2017, which is a journey through history celebrating this heritage, finding voice in the challenges to the traveller and the achievements of the engineers and architects in creating solutions as part of the country’s road, rail and canal networks.
Tickets are £5, including refreshments and museum entry. Members can attend the talk for free.
You can book directly by calling 01382 455196 / firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the night. The museum will open at 5:30pm and close at 7:30pm.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
All at the Transport Museum are coming to terms with the loss of one of our members Alan Clark. He played a very important part in establishing a transport museum for our city and will be very sorely missed and a supporter that will be very hard to replace. RIP Alan Clark
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!