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Maryfield Funding Drive Continues

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Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 20th October) revealed that their Heritage Lottery Fund application for just over £2M will be refined and enhanced after receiving detailed feedback from the funding institution.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  It is currently planned that the funding will be used in the development phase of the Maryfield Tram Depot project.

The HLF were complimentary of the project, where they “considered that [the] project did qualify for support”.  In addition, the achievements to-date and ambition of Dundee Museum of Transport were highlighted, as was the Trust’s ability to work with partners and build on local partnerships.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said:

“We are not at all dismayed with the outcome that we received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position and resilience of the Trust to ensure that we are more than capable of delivering our ambitious project.”

“We have had nothing but strong support from the HLF, with our project being identified as eligible for funding.  As such, we will be using this time to work with our existing partners to strengthen key aspects of the organisation.”

The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are continuing to drive the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £4 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Dundee Museum of Transport is currently open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 to 15.30 at its temporary Market Street premises.

£500,000 boost for Dundee’s Maryfield Tram Depot

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today announced a £500,000 boost to help Dundee Museum of Transport renovate the former Maryfield Tram Depot.

In the early 1900s the B-Listed red brick building housed the city’s trams, part of a popular network that operated for 79 years. After the last tram left the building in 1956, Maryfield became home to a fleet of buses, cementing its position as an important part of the city’s industrial and social heritage.

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
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Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [LEFT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell. [CENTRE] Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport [RIGHT]
The building has stood empty in recent years, falling into disrepair, but has now been bought by Dundee Museum of Transport. The funding from Historic Environment Scotland will help them to make the repairs needed to make it a permanent home for their collections.

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said,

“Dundee Museum of Transport have developed a clear and pragmatic business plan for renovating the building, and it’s clear they have strong support locally as well as from funders like HLF. It’s great to see a project which has such a high level of community interest, and I’m looking forward to seeing the museum in its new home.”

The money is awarded as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. This is the third round of investment to be announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said,

“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland is contributing significantly towards the vital repairs required to the Maryfield Tram Depot.  This is a crucial scheme in our development plan towards transforming the B-listed building into a modern transport museum fit for the future.  Our mission as a Trust is to preserve and enhance our rich transport heritage for generations to come, and this grant is a significant step in achieving that goal.”

“With the predicted influx of visitors set to descend on Dundee in the months and years ahead, a result of the ongoing investment in the city and its Waterfront, we believe that Dundee Museum of Transport has an important role to play.  Not only will it be a fantastic, engaging and accessible tourist attraction for the city, but a place in which we can spark fresh interest in Dundee’s heritage, and re-ignite memories of days gone by.”

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]
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Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland [RIGHT] and Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell [LEFT]

Press Release: Transport Museum Secures Major Funding from Local Trust

Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 31st March 2016) announced the first fruits of its fundraising drive, with confirmation of a £80,000 grant.

The Mathew Trust, based in Dundee, aims to support individuals into employment.  Its grant will fund a new Museum Director and a consultancy post for two years to carry the project forward.

Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said: “We are extremely privileged to have been offered this grant from the Mathew Trust- it will allow us to carry the project forward by bringing in the expertise we need to make the very best of this opportunity that we have.

“We would like to thank the Mathew Trust for showing their support in such a spectacular way, and we are looking forward to announcing further financial support over the coming months.”

David Martin,Fotopress,Dundee Dundee Museum of Transport secures £80,000 grant from The Mathew Trust,based in Dundee. PIC- Lto R. VIPS etc at announcement Don Ridgway,Chris Law[MP],Shona Robison,Joe Fitzpatrick,Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Jimmy McDonell,Chairman of Dundee Museum of Transport ,Matthew Jackson,Museum of Transport,and Fraser MacPherson,Councillor
David Martin, Fotopress Lto R. Don Ridgway, Chris Law, Shona Robison, Joe Fitzpatrick, Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Jimmy McDonell [Dundee Museum of Transport] , Matthew Jackson [Dundee Museum of Transport] and Fraser MacPherson [Councillor]

The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.

Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are driving the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £5 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.

Jim Clarkson, Regional Director at VisitScotland added, “This £80,000 grant from the Mathew Trust will help Dundee Museum of Transport continue its programme of improvement at a time when the city is undergoing some exciting changes, particularly in terms of the Waterfront Development.”

“In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the grant will help Dundee Museum of Transport remain an exciting part of the city’s tourism offering, boosting the visitor economy in the process.”

Dundee Museum of Transport begins its Summer 2016 season next month and is currently open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm at its temporary Market Street premises.

Recent Donations

We’d just like to take a few moments to thank a few recent supporters of the museum with some very generous donations;

  • Bob Griffin who donated over £100 from a rattle can at his birthday party.
  • Over £75 from Allan Fordyce at XPlore Dundee’s charitable arm.
  • We also received £35 from a recent talk that we provided at the St Davids High Kirk Guild.
  • The Angus Railway Group donated £200 after a presentation about the museum’s development at the Royal Tay Yacht Club.

As always, we are extremely grateful for any donation that we receive.  It is businesses, organisations and individuals like yourself that help us achieve our main aim of providing a first-class visitor attraction, education facility and community centre at the Maryfield Tram Depot.

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Dundee Museum of Transport Secures Maryfield Tram Depot after Four Year Campaign

Dundee Museum of Transport has today announced their successful bid for the Maryfield Tram Depot after four years of campaigning. The category B listed building has been marketed by Scottish Water since 2005 and has been on the agenda for the group since negotiations began in 2010. The organisation now aim to begin a funding drive after which the group will restore the building to its former glory and relocate from their current premises by the end of 2017.
Jimmy McDonell outside the Maryfield Tram Depot.  Photo: Alan Richardson
Dundee Museum of Transport’s chairman, Jimmy McDonell said: “We are thrilled that we have succeeded in our mission to secure the depot for use as our permanent home and we thank Scottish Water for making the right decision and also to all the support we have received from Dundee City Council, MP’s, businesses and the local community.”
“The news also came on the day that we received a full-sized licensed replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for a long-term display so it puts meaning to the saying that good things come in two’s”
The museum opened its current premises in April to critical acclaim, receiving a 3-star rating from Visit Scotland and rocketing into the top 5 visitor attractions in the Dundee area on review site TripAdvisor. Led solely by volunteers from the local community, the organisation focuses on the restoring, preserving and displaying transport-related memorabilia and vehicles, including Dundee’s last remaining horse drawn tram from a garden in Perth earlier this year.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang licensed replica which is now on display until next year.  Photo: Alan Richardson
Discussing the future of the museum, committee member Matthew Jackson said: “We are pressing on with our sustainable business study which was funded by the Historic Lottery Fund and alongside our consultants will include a refresh of the feasibility study to produce a quality plan for Maryfield as we progress towards the next stage of funding”

“This is an exciting time for Dundee and our project and we will be looking to consult with the local community as soon as possible to get the very best out of this excellent opportunity.”

National Express, the museum’s main sponsor also welcomed the sale. Managing director Phil Smith said: “I’m extremely pleased that Dundee Museum of Transport’s bid for Maryfield Tram Depot has been successful – it’s great news for this excellent visitor attraction. Transport is an important part of Dundee’s past, present and future. I wish them the very best of luck with planning their move into this fantastic historic building.”
The museum will remain open at their current premises on Market Street throughout the development and already have a line-up of events for the 2015 season.

To read more about the Maryfield Tram depot click here.

Dundee Museum of Transport wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Today, Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to aid the development and to establish a permanent home for the recently-opened museum in Market Street, Dundee. Led solely by volunteers from the local community, the organisation focuses on the restoring, preserving and displaying regional transport-related memorabilia and vehicles, including Dundee’s last remaining Horse Drawn Tram which was reclaimed from a garden in Perth earlier this year. However, even prior to opening its temporary premises to the public in April this year, the museum reported that it was already over-capacity.

The project will be for an external business consultant to undertake a an in-depth business assessment to review and further aid the development of the organisation and how the museum can benefit the local economy, not just as a base for heritage restoration but as a permanent visitor attraction in the city, also. Although based in Dundee, the organisation has the end aim to represent the transport heritage of the east coast and beyond.

Commenting on the award, the museum’s chairman Jimmy McDonell said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and it comes on the back of us being awarded three stars as a visitor attraction by VisitScotland.  We are confident the project will guide us further in our aim to become not only a home for transport heritage, but a sustainable and well-used visitor attraction.”

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.

Time is running out to save the former Maryfield Tram Depot

Dundee Museum of Transport has been negotiating to purchase this historically important building since 2010.

Scottish Water has now set a closing date for offers – 12pm on Thursday 10 July 2014. They claim a developer is interested in the site and that it could be bulldozed for housing. We need as much support as possible to finally secure this building for the future.

   

PRESS RELEASE: National Express Dundee becomes Museum’s main sponsor

Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to announce that National Express Dundee has become its main sponsor. A number of exciting joint ventures will take place over the coming months and the Museum’s main display area will now be known as the National Express Dundee Exhibition Hall.
National Express Dundee announced as Museum’s main sponsor. Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman Jimmy McDonell (left) with Yvonne Wilson from National Express Dundee holding an old Dundee Corporation ticket machine. Photograph courtesy Alan Richardson.
Chairman of Dundee Museum of Transport Jimmy McDonell said:

“It’s fantastic to have National Express Dundee on board as the main sponsor of our Museum. The whole team has been working extremely hard to establish it as a home for some of the area’s most important heritage and to remember those local pioneers who may have been forgotten over time.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the public through our doors. I’m sure people will be delighted to see some of the displays we have for them and we can’t wait to show them off!”

Managing Director of National Express Dundee Phil Smith said:

“We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Dundee Museum of Transport. Not only are they celebrating Dundee and Tayside’s ‘hidden heritage’, they’re celebrating the heritage of our own business, displaying some of the vehicles and memorabilia used by the bus company in its former guise as the Corporation.

“This new attraction is an excellent boost for the city of Dundee and we are very much looking forward to supporting Jimmy and his team on their opening weekend and beyond.”

The Museum will house a collection of vintage vehicles, memorabilia and transport-related items some of which relate directly to the main sponsor National Express Dundee when it was owned by Dundee Corporation.

Dundee Museum of Transport will be opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 26 April 2014 from 11am to 4pm. The celebrations continue on Sunday 27 April 2014 from 11am to 4pm which includes National Drive It Day organised by the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation.

With a Jazz Band, bouncy castle, stalls, etc this will be a great family weekend. Market Street will be closed and over 150 vehicles, ranging from vintage to military and commercials, will be on display. Refreshments will also be available on both days.

More details about the opening weekend, admission charges and membership packages will be announced nearer the time.

Further photographs from this event can be found on our Events photos 2014 page.