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.
Last Sunday 19th May the museum hosted it’s very first Truck Extravaganza!
Over 10 vehicles attended, some dating from as far back as the 1950s. Height for Hire came along with their cherry picker and some fantastic shots were taken from above – check out our slideshow for some images from this event.
Dundee Slot Car Club (DSCC) set-up a racing track inside the museum for visitors to enjoy. Their racing competition raised over £50 for Ninewells Children’s Ward, with the fastest lap time on the day being 3.33 seconds!
The museum would like to thank the vehicle owners, DSCC and our volunteers for all their hard work in hosting this event. Special thanks to museum members and volunteer Brian Robertson who was key to organising this event.
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.
Today, the 26th April 2019, the Dundee Museum of Transport marks its 5th birthday!
To celebrate this milestone we once again play host to National Drive-It Day. This coming Sunday, the 28th of April, there will be a street display of vehicles, family-friendly activities, stalls and tea-on-the-bus – check-out the images below for an idea of what to expect. We would love for you to join us to help us celebrate!
Our collection continues to grow, and the museum continues to draw thousands of people every year in increasing numbers. We thank you all, our members, volunteers, visitors and partners, for your support over the years and hope to see you in the very near future.
Despite the cold and often wet weather, Dundee Museum of Transport’s first big event for 2019 – The Spring Model Steam Weekend – was enjoyed by all. The heavy rain on Saturday stopped the outdoor engines from being able to run however by Sunday we were back on track. Here are some images from the weekend!
Our next Steam Weekend will take place on the last weekend in September however before then we have a fantastic line-up of events including The National Drive-It Day on the 28th of April and our Truck Extravaganza on the 19th of May. Check out our What’s On section at the top of the page for a full list of museum events.
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.
Thanks to our members, some of the displays of the Museum attended the 43rd edition of the Scottish Transport Extravaganza for the first time. If you are interested in joining us you can sign up and becoming a member => https://www.dmoft.co.uk/get-involved/membership/
With sunnier days ahead of us (fingers crossed!) you can visit the museum SIX DAYS per week (Tues – Sun, 10:30am -3:30pm) until the end of October. For this season we are delighted to announce that we have a number of new exhibits to see including a fantastic display of motorbikes- the earliest dating back to 1912 – and our biggest programme of events to date! With plenty to see and do we hope to see you at the museum soon.