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.
We have enjoyed an increase in our visitor numbers over October and have therefore decided to delay our move into winter hours by one week! You can visit any day this week between the hours of 10:30am and 3:30pm.
From Monday 7th November we will move to our winter season. The museum will be open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 3:30pm until 28th February 2017.
If you would like to visit the museum outside of these hours, please get in touch by calling 01382 455196 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – we are more than happy to continue booking in visits outside of our normal opening hours.
After a very busy week when we have literally welcomed thousands of visitors to our newly-opened Museum we have now added some photographs from the Opening Weekend event to the Events Photographs 2014 page.
Also on this page is a video previewing some of Museum’s exhibits currently on display, courtesy of Alan Richardson.
Don’t forget that when you take out a Museum membership you get unlimited free admission until 31 March 2015!
We are delighted that Stagecoach has agreed to operate a free vintage bus service from Dundee Bus Station to Dundee Museum of Transport on both Saturday 26 April and Sunday 27 April 2014.
On Sunday 27 April 2014 only Stagecoach will run a second linked vintage bus service between Dundee Bus Station and St. Andrews. The duplicates on Service 99 are available to the general public as well as visitors to the Museum. All normal Stagecoach tickets for Service 99, including any Day or Megariders, are valid or can be bought on this bus from the conductor, and any concession passes are also valid as usual.
So for one day only you can travel from the Museum to St. Andrews and back on vintage buses as we turn the clock back and allow you not only to see, but travel on, our transport heritage.
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Remember – get in fast & free on both days when you become a member before 25 April 2014.
After months of preparation, we are extremely happy to finally announce details of our entry fees and membership programme! It can be regarded as one of the final pieces in our jigsaw puzzle prior to opening.
As a member of Dundee Museum of Transport you will not only gain free access to the museum but you will also enjoy exclusive benefits as well as becoming a valid contributor and supporter. You will receive a periodic newsletter as well as other benefits which are yet to be announced. Memberships run on a one year basis and are valid up until 31st March 2015. You will also receive your very own DMofT membership card!
Starting from only £15 you will already be making a significant contribution as well as saving you money on your visits and as a bonus, new members who sign up before the 25th April will receive free entry to the Opening Weekend!
The itinerary for Opening Weekend is growing and with over 160 confirmed vehicles attending, it will be a sure-fire unmissable event!
With less than four weeks to go until our Official Opening weekend there’s a lot going on in and around our premises at Market Mews.
A selection of photographs of all the work being done, and some of the exhibits, has been posted to our Current premises page on the website to wrap up the series dating back to June 2012 when we took possession of the building.
We are really looking forward to finally opening our doors and meeting everyone on Saturday 26 April 2014 at 11am. Form an orderly queue…
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.
Another busy week for us! The roof has finally be repaired in its entirety and is now watertight again (hurrah!), the majority of the week has been spent on remedial work getting everything back up to standards.
The stairwell leading up to the office block in hall two was extensively water damaged as the heavy rain from a few weeks back somehow managed to make its way through the ceiling and down the walls. It wasn’t a pretty sight, hence no photo, but it has all been patched up and was repainted this morning. Phew!
There has been a significant amount of work done behind the scenes and a lot of meetings were had too this week. Many clubs have been in touch recently regarding the opening weekend and our list has been ever-growing! We spent quite a bit of time getting everything we had so far together to create an initial floor plan for the weekend, as well as getting all the necessary man power in place to accommodate you all! (Don’t worry, we will definitely have plenty tea’s and coffee’s for everyone). As soon as we are ready to announce the programme and attending clubs we will announce it on our website and across our social networks. If you are an interested party looking to exhibit during our open weekend or take part in the “National Drive it Day” outing on the Sunday then please get in touch soon as we are running out of space very quickly!
We have also had a few important meetings with some businesses regarding sponsorship and partnership arrangements… We are staying “hush hush” for now!
Progress has also been made with the membership structure and just today we have finished all of the arrangements with how it will work. We are happy to announce that memberships will be available to apply for by the opening weekend and we will shortly (hopefully next week) be providing details about how you can become a member and what the benefits are so stay tuned!
That’s all for this week and as ever, stay in touch!
Progress has been continuing smoothly this week. Our website and email is currently being moved to a new hosting provider and this should be completed by early next week. In saying this, if you send an email to any of our team and it bounces then do not worry- just send it later! We will also be looking to provide some exciting features over the next few months on the website, especially when we begin the membership scheme!
The building itself is shaping up well, we have carpeted the reception area and plumbing for the exhibition hall toilets was completed late this afternoon. Work this week has slowly been moving towards vehicle restoration with the horse drawn tram and Dundee Corp. 127 receiving some work.