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

Our response to The Courier article dated 19th November 2018

Dundee Museum of Transport Trust would like to respond to several errors in yesterday’s article published in The Courier.

The Museum was formed 8 years ago, not 18, as stated in the article.

The Trustees are currently working with existing funders and contractors to make the former Maryfield Tram Depot safe. No scaffolding or security measures were put in place over the last four years and this is something the board are urgently trying to remedy.

Planning permission has been sought for Market Mews as we had extended our exhibition space and our permission was due to expire in April 2019. There are no plans to do any work at Market Mews. We have recently engaged with Dundee City Council Environmental Health to improve our facilities and procedures and after a recent site visit they have sign-posted us for further support and also advised that they do not plan on returning.

There is no £300,000 raised for the re-development of Maryfield Tram Depot. Our annual accounts are available on the OSCR website and will show this. Some funders had made pledges however these were made on the condition that match funding was secured. This year we were advised by two of the major funders that we had approached that they were not willing to fund the project in its current form. So, rather than continually approach them with the same project, we are reviewing our position and are seeking the views of members, volunteers and the local community in developing new plans. Maryfield will be part of these plans as it is still a property owned by Dundee Museum of Transport.

As a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) our board of Trustees have an equal vote on items presented at meetings; this is basic good governance so that one person cannot dictate.

In November 2017 Dundee Museum of Transport was awarded £14,750 from the Heritage Lottery’s Resilient Heritage Fund to strengthen our governance as our governance had been highlighted as an area of development from funders. Over the last 12 months we have received external support to review our management structure and have worked collaboratively to make changes that will put us in a stronger position. We have increased volunteer involvement and now have a full board of trustees with backgrounds in transport, business, banking, education and design, to name a few, that are equally responsible for the various aspects of running the museum.

Although we are disappointed with the funding decisions, the board of Trustees are stronger than ever before and have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to take the museum forward with the support from the people of Dundee.

Thank You

Samantha Walker (Museum Manager)

Visit at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

 

Situated in a wee and beautiful harbour in the town of Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum has been running since 1969. We went to visit as, like us, this museum is an independent Trust but it is much more developed. Our volunteers and staff found the visit really interesting – we found out about how they manage their collections and took inspiration from their displays and retail area. Thanks to all the team at the museum for spending the afternoon with us!

Don’t hesitate to go visit them. Here’s the link to their website => http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

Volunteer Conductors Needed!

A joint venture between Dundee Museum of Transport and Airport Travel Dundee is aiming to link the City’s cultural heritage attractions by coach. Supported by Scottish Enterprise’s Cultural Tourism Fund, the tours will see passengers guided to attractions and served afternoon tea before making their final stop at the top of the law to take in the stunning panoramic view of the City.

Four trial tours will be taking place on the following date: 25 & 26 April and 2 & 3 May. The museum is eager to recruit four volunteer guides to escort the passengers during their tour.

The conductors will be the first point of contact with the passengers. Main duties will include:

  • Ensuring all passengers are accounted for from the beginning to the end of the tour.
  • Making sure the tour stays on schedule.
  • Providing a link between the attractions, ensuring that they are aware of the visit   before arrival.
  • Ensuring the safety of passengers while they are on the bus.
  • Providing historical information about the City, the attractions being visited and     answering any questions passengers may have.
  • Gathering passenger feedback.

Training will be provided for this role. Conductors will be enrolled in the WorldHost Training Scheme and will be provided with appropriate resources to carry out the role.

The following skills and knowledge will be an advantage for any potential conductor:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A friendly and confident manner.
  • A familiarity with Dundee’s past, present and ambitions for the future and a willingness to learn more about the City.

Passengers will be able to book tours Monday – Sunday from around 10am until 4pm therefore a flexible approach to this role is required.

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with then get in touch! Please send a CV no later than 5pm on Wednesday 5th April to manager@dmoft.co.uk.

For further information, T: 01382 455196

Spring / Summer 2017 Season begins!

With sunnier days ahead of us (fingers crossed!) you can visit the museum SIX DAYS per week (Tues – Sun, 10:30am  -3:30pm) until the end of October. For this season we are delighted to announce that we have a number of new exhibits to see including a fantastic display of motorbikes- the earliest dating back to 1912 – and our biggest programme of events to date! With plenty to see and do we hope to see you at the museum soon.

 


Spring/Summer 2016 Season Begins!

We are now open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 3.30pm here at Dundee Museum of Transport at Market Mews!

Admission charges for this season are £4.00 per adult, £2.00 per child and we now have a family ticket for £10.00 which allows access for 2 adults and 2 children.

We have a lot planned this year, with many new exhibitions- so come along, join in and support us in our mission!

National Express trip to Lathalmond

Credit Donald Suttie - Bus 7001 DMofT
Image courtesy of Donald Suttie

National Express are running a trip to the Lathalmond Open Day on the 15th of August using Bus 7001. This is the bus that has the Dundee Museum of Transport livery to look like the original Dundee Corporation buses.

The cost of the trip will be £5 per Adult and £2.50 per Child with all the proceeds going to the Museum.

Pick up times

08.30 – Broughty Ferry Library
08.40 – Dundee Museum of Transport
08.50 – Discovery Point
09.05 – Invergowrie Main Street Shops*
09.35 – Broxden Services*
10.00 – Kinross Services*

Return Times

15.00 – Kinross Services*
15.25 – Broxden Services*
15.55 – Invergowrie Main Street Shops*
16.10 – Discovery Point
16.20 – Dundee Museum of Transport
16.30 – Broughty Ferry Library

* Collection/Drop off if pre-booked only.

To book your place on the trip please email info@dmoft.co.uk with your preferred pickup location and number of passengers.

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.

DMofT relaunches the Dundee Motor Show – 10 August 2014

Since August 2010 Dundee Museum of Transport has been attending the annual Baxter Park celebrations, showcasing some of our vehicles, photographs and memorabilia.

This year we are planning on bringing the once-popular Dundee Motor Show back to the local events calendar and linking it with our appearance at Baxter Park. However to do so we need the support of as many individuals, clubs, societies and companies as possible to allow us to put on a diverse display.

The event takes place on Sunday 10 August 2014 from 12-5pm at Baxter Park, Arbroath Road, Dundee, DD4 6NL.

More information and a link to download an entry form can be found by clicking here.