A New Home: Former Maryfield Tram Depot Project Update

Dundee Museum of Transport members enjoyed an evening reception this week, with new plans and an update on the progress of the former Maryfield Tram Depot development project.

Andrew Black of Andrew Black Design Architects provided an overview and rationale for the new plans. Following consultation with members, residents and interest parties earlier this year, the plans have been adapted to retain the exterior walls of the rear section of the building.

A Q&A was held and comments from members were overwhelmingly positive, with one member noting “this is what we have been waiting for.”

The visualisations are available on the dedicated web-page www.maryfieldtramdepot.org and are on view in the museum. The plans will also be put on display at Arthurstone Library later this month. As always, we welcome your questions, comments and messages of support.

This project is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014 – 2020

Repairs, Maintenance & Storage

Repairs & Maintenance

We are now in a position to offer a mechanical repair and recovery service. Stuart Atkinson is now working from our Seagate workshops offering a wide range of services from repairs to maintenance. We also offer a trailer recovery service.

Discount available for DMofT members.

For more information please contact Stuart on 07957 459506 or at the Transport museum front of house.


Storage at our new premises in the Seagate for members only.

For our Terms Please contact Stuart Atkinson, Colin Milne or Jimmy McDonell.

This facility is for our membership so all you have to do is join up with the transport museum.

Maryfield Funding Drive Continues


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]
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]
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]
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]

Proposal Successful at Dundee Museum of Transport!

Huge congratulations from all at Dundee Museum of Transport go out to Scott McConville and Natalie Hill from Airdrie who got engaged in the museum, yesterday afternoon, after Scott proposed inside our classic Mini!

What was the story?  Read on to find out…

Scott had phoned us last week asking if he could propose to his girlfriend; so yesterday they both turned up.  Scott quickly came into the museum and handed our volunteer, Sheena, a ring in its box for her to place in the Mini where he intended to propose to Natalie.  Out of all the cars in the museum, Scott chose the Mini as he has a Mini albeit a BMW version.
Once Scott had paid the entrance fee keeping up the appearance that it was a normal day at the museum, I made the excuse that the best way to view the museum was to start at hall three and work their way back to hall one. This gave Sheena time to set up the Mini.
 “Out of all the cars, Scott chose the Mini” 
Scott who has been known to trail Natalie round various transport museums around the country played his part well taking numerous photographs of the vehicles while Natalie’s teeth chattered in the cold halls (it does get cold in winter, we’ll admit that now!).
When they entered our main hall, Scott (clearly nervous by this point) took the long route to the Mini.  Not wanting to intrude, Sheena stayed out of sight but she could hear Scott trying to encourage Natalie to sit in the Mini so that she could find the ring (she took a bit of encouragement from Scott).
However, all was well and once Sheena knew the proposal had been accepted she invited Scott and Natalie into the café for a little glass of bubbly (Irn Bru for Scott as he was driving).
 “The ring was a perfect fit” 
The ring was a perfect fit, which was all down to a lot of research by Scott who consulted Natalie’s Gran on a number of occasions (who is the go-to woman for all things jewellery in the family) and on the third attempt they thought the ring was the correct size.
After phoning round the relatives to tell them the good news, Scott just had to have a good look at the cars again with one of his favourites being the Cosworth.

A massive congratulations, once again, and good luck for the future!

Temporary Closure of Dundee Museum of Transport


Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather we have had recently, it has exacerbated the problems we have been having with the roof of our temporary premises here at Market Mews.  As such, we have taken the decision to close the museum, effective immediately, to repair the leaking areas of the roof before long term damage is done, and to also carry out a general refurbishment of the exhibition halls and café which wouldn’t be possible if we were to remain open to the public.

It was our original intention to close for a maximum of two weeks towards the end of January to allow us to carry out a much-needed refresh of the premises.  However, with the issues we have been having recently that have been touched upon, we feel that this is the best course of action to take and we will be able to carry out these tasks in one fell swoop prior to the summer season.  These works will be undertaken solely by our build team that are made up of dedicated volunteers.

We understand that this may hamper some of your plans and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause whilst we carry out these works.  Please keep checking our social networks and the website for periodic updates.

At present, we will be reopening on Wednesday 2nd February at 10.30am, subject to progress.

New ways to pay!

We are really happy (and excited) to announce that we are now able to accept a number of new ways to pay during your visit to Dundee Museum of Transport!

As of Sunday 8th November 2015, we will be accepting payments via cash, card, PayPal, Apple Pay and contactless!  So now there is no need at all to visit an ATM prior to your visit.

For any of the above payments (other than cash), there will be a 20p surcharge per transaction to cover our costs of providing these new methods.  Online payments are not affected by this.


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.

DMofT tearoom and coffee shop

Dundee Museum of Transport’s popular coffee shop and tearoom is next to the reception desk in our main exhibition hall.

In addition to tea we have a wide range of coffee from very mild to very strong along with coffee shots, flavoured water, fizzy drinks, snacks, sandwiches and filled rolls.

We also have a small shop selling souvenirs including mugs, a good selection of books and fleece jackets with our logo embroidered on them.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Cat Duthie
DMofT Volunteer