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.
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.
Friday 4th November
7pm for 7.30pm
Dress code – Lounge Suit
£40 per head / £400 per table (10)
Contact email@example.com for enquiries and tickets
Guest Speaker – Willie Hunter
Willie 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
Deborah 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 .co.uk 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.
Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) members can sign up to the DMofT Vehicle Register. The register will allow members to take their vehicle(s) to a number of shows throughout the year under the Dundee Museum of Transport banner.
Vehicles must be roadworthy (M.O.T, taxed and insured) and vehicle owners will be responsible for their own fees to attend the shows.
We intend to go to the following shows:
Tayside Classic Car Club (Errol) 11th June
Lathalmond 18th June
Glamis 8th / 9th August
Dundee Motor Show 13th August
Ladybank 20th August
Scone 9th / 10th September
(This is not an exhaustive list – more dates may be added)
To join the DMofT vehicle register, download and complete the registration form and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms are also available from the museum during our opening hours
Tay Road Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebration launch event at Slessor Gardens in Dundee looking on to the Tay Road Bridge. Photography by Alan Richardson
From left to right - Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Acting Angus Lord Provost Alex King, Fife Lord Provost Jim Leishman
From left to right - Prof David Swidfen, Bob Griffin, DMoftT Chairman James McDonell, Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Acting Angus Lord Provost Alex King, Fife Lord Provost Jim Leishman, Tay Road Bridge Chair Maggie Taylor, Morris Leslie, Tay Road Bridge Manager Alan Hutchison, Derek Smith