PRESS RELEASE: Dundee Museum of Transport Announces Official Opening Date

DUNDEE – Monday 16th December 2013

From left: Jack Reilly and Jimmy McDonell

Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) announced on Saturday that their current premises at Market Mews will be opening to the public on Saturday 26th April 2014 after nearly four years of planning.  The announcement came during a book launch aboard the Frigate Unicorn for Jack Reilly’s book, “The Caledon Shipyard” which was in partnership with the museum.  The book has generated significant interest which tells the story of the Caledon Shipyard from his mass collection of images and information that he collected whilst working there from the 1950s onwards.  Its launch, which was host to ex-Lord Provost John Letford who was also a worker in the shipyard, was an overwhelming success with all available copies at the event sold out.

From left: Stewart Hosie MP, Marjorie Knowles, Murray Thomson, Norman Robertson, Jimmy McDonell, John Letford and Joe Fitzpatrick MSP

Chairman of the museum, Jimmy McDonell explained his delight surrounding the book launch,

“Today has been a fantastic event, which superseded our expectations. We are thrilled to be able to announce the opening of the museum so that we can re-live the rich transport heritage that the Dundee area has to offer”

Their current premises will act as a temporary museum whilst work behind the scenes will continue to acquire and develop the Maryfield Tram Depot as a permanent location for DMofT.  Jimmy also announced at Saturday’s book launch that the initial stage for Heritage Lottery Funding has been reached today, with the submission of an enquiry and it is hoped that the outcome will be received by the new year.

DMofT is now on Facebook and Twitter and if you have any queries regarding the book or the museum itself you can contact Matthew Jackson (


Caledon Shipyard book launch: 14 December 2013 (updated)

Further to recent posts seeking funding – see this post and this post – we are delighted to announce that author Jack B. Reilly, in association with Dundee Museum of Transport, is holding a formal launch of his book “The Caledon Shipyard: the foundation, the people, the ships and its demise”.

The event takes place on Saturday 14 December 2013 at 2pm on board HM Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee DD1 3BP. All are welcome and tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Support Dundee Museum of Transport by buying your 2015 calendars and diaries from our Museum shop or click to buy online now.


Update: Turn green chips into cash [updated with photo]

Further to this post in August 2013 we are delighted to announce that Dundee Museum of Transport amassed sufficient ‘green chips’ at Asda Milton of Craigie to receive a cheque for £200.
Pictured are Yvanne McLaren, Community Life Champion at Asda Dundee Milton (right) and Museum Chairman Jimmy McDonell.
Many thanks to everyone for their support.

Update: Seeking funding to publish important book about Caledon Shipyard

Further to this post in May 2013 we are delighted to announce that we have secured the necessary funding for “The Caledon Shipyard – The Foundation, The People, The Ships and its Demise” by Jack Reilly to be published.

In particular we would like to thank the following for their support in making sure this very important book can now be sent for printing:

William S. Phillips fund
Alexander Moncur Trust
D.C. Thomson Charitable Trust
Creative Scotland Quality Production Arts Programme


Turn green chips into cash

Dundee Museum of Transport has a box for customers to put green plastic chips into at ASDA, Milton of Craigie, Dundee. If we collect the most chips we can win £200 for the Transport Museum and it ends very shortly

Currently we are doing very well but we need as much support as possible. So if you are out shopping please put a chip in OUR box which is located at the checkout just beside the toilets.

Scotland’s newest Transport Museum needs your support. Things just don’t happen, we need to make them happen.

Kindest Regards
Jimmy McDonell
Chairman, Dundee Museum of Transport

Seeking funding to publish important book about Caledon Shipyard

Dundee Museum of Transport is working hard to secure funding to pay for the publication of Jack Reilly’s incredibly detailed book “The Caledon Shipyard”.
Our target is to raise £10,000 and we have just managed to secure a donation of £1,000. This, along with two £2,000 donations, now means we are half-way there.
This book is an incredibly detailed history of a very important part of Dundee’s ship-building heritage and deserves to be read by as wide an audience as possible. See more images on the Scotland’s Places website (external link).
If you or someone you know may be willing to make a donation towards the remaining £5,000 then please get in touch. All our details are on the contact page of our website.

Now you can show your support by donating online

Dundee Museum of Transport registered as a charity in Scotland, number SC041529, in June 2010. Since then we have been working very hard to establish a museum in Dundee to showcase our local hidden transport heritage.

We have been very fortunate to receive a number of grants for which we are very grateful. However you can also make a donation to help us with our project by visiting our Donate page.

All donations are processed by PayPal which is 100% secure and they will not pass on your financial details to anyone, including Dundee Museum of Transport. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make a donation as they will also accept most major credit or debit cards.


Museum of Transport wins £6000 RBS CommunityForce grant

Dundee Museum of Transport registered with RBS CommunityForce, an initiative which sees them working with local communities to support the people, projects and charities making a real difference where you live.

Voting was open for four weeks from 26 September 2011 and in the Dundee area we received 765 votes making us the regional winner.

Our grant of £6000 will be used for our feasibility study, equipment for a mobile exhibition stand for educational purposes and the production of brochures and stationery to help us actively seek volunteers and raise awareness of the project.

None of this would have been possible without the help and support of everyone who got involved in our campaign, including The Rotary Club of Abertay, Dundee Civic Trust, Dundee Historic Environment Trust, The McManus Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee Central Library, Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society, Dundee Partnership, Maryfield Community Forum, Clark ThomsonDingbro Auto Parts, Nortruck, Airport Travel Dundee, Autorent Self Drive, Claverhouse Group and Joe FitzPatrick, Shona Robison, Gregor and all at the Dundee SNP office.

Many congratulations also to the two runners up in the region who each also received an RBS CommunityForce grant – Angus Riding for the Disabled (755 votes) and Brae Riding for the Disabled (640 votes).

Get ready to vote for Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport has registered with RBS CommunityForce. This is an initiative which sees them working with local communities to support the people, projects and charities making a real difference where you live.

If we receive enough support the Museum could receive a grant of £6000. Part of the grant would go towards our feasibility study which relates directly to the regeneration and re-use of the former Maryfield tram depot. It would also help contribute towards equipment for a mobile exhibition stand for educational purposes within the community. In addition the grant would help with the production of brochures and stationery to assist Dundee Museum of Transport to actively seek volunteers and raise awareness of the project.

Voting starts on Monday 26 September 2011 so please tell as many people as you can and make sure they place their vote for us!