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…
“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.
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.
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.
This morning, our official Wikipedia article was published and put into the public domain. You can view the article here.
Jim Elder, the son of our on-site foreman at Market Mews has been working in cooperation with us since late last year to make this happen so we thank him for all the support that he has provided us.
As the article is now in the public domain, we will do our best to update it as we continue on our journey but if you have experience with Wikipedia then please do edit it at your own disposal and we will provide the necessary images where appropriate, just give us a quick email when you do!
Work is progressing very well here at Market Mews and our interim target of having the building ready by the end of this month is looking highly likely!
Our office block has just been completed today, our archive store in unit 4 of the building had its mezzanine level completed last week and starting from Monday we will have professional roofers in to repair some leaks that we have been dealing with since the harsh weather hit us over the past few months.
Once the building has been completed we will be looking towards the display side of things and although we have a general layout at the moment, we will be looking at using as much of the public exhibition space as efficiently as we can to create a fantastic user experience in our temporary museum.
As part of our preparations for the opening weekend we have also successfully arranged to have the entire Market Street closed for the duration of the event. We will provide more information closer to the time but it will definitely be an event not to miss, we have received many emails from clubs up and down the country who have stated their intentions to come and show off their vehicles!
Thank you to everyone for their continued support, we surpassed 750 likes on Facebook last week which is absolutely fantastic- it’s this kind of community spirit and drive that keeps us going.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting more photos, providing information regarding membership, and seeking volunteers so as always, keep in touch!
DUNDEE – Monday 16th December 2013
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.
Chairman of the museum, Jimmy McDonell explained his delight surrounding the book launch,
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.