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.

 


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W. Brown Roadworks at Maryfield Tram Depot

Over the next few weeks our future home at the former Maryfield Tram Depot on Forfar Road, Dundee, will be noticeably improved thanks to the clean-up of the site that is taking place just now. The Museum is grateful to W. Brown Roadworks Ltd. for road sweeping the car park and inside of the building. As these pictures show, they have done a fantastic job!

W. Brown Roadworks Ltd

Maryfield Car Park Before

 

Maryfield Car Park After

 

This coming weekend (18th/19th February) a team of volunteers will be on-site from 10am to clear the vegetation and tidy up the outside of the building. Are you free to help out? If so, drop us an email at manager@dmoft.co.uk or call 01382 455196.

 

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Going Once… Going Twice… SOLD to Dundee Museum of Transport

The museum is very pleased with its most recent acquisition: a Panda Police Car purchased on ebay!

A lot of work will go into restoring this 1970s Panda car that served in Dundee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1970’s Morris Minor is the last of its kind as far as we know, having faithfully served in Dundee’s Police Force.

Having secured the latest addition to the museums collection, after picking it up on a 19-hour round trip to Rugby, the intention now will be to finish what the sellers, Tom and Wendy, started: to return the car to its full glory and put it on display.

This latest addition is in very good shape and with a well-preserved chassis. The original interior has been retained with all the necessary parts. The previous owners have also kindly donated their collected memorabilia — including roof lights, a police radio and some original badges and buttons from a uniform.

The Museum hopes to unveil the car, fully restored, this summer.

 

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Donation from The Weaver Incorporation of Dundee

Dundee Museum of Transport would like to thank The Weaver Incorporation of Dundee for their generous donation of £70 following their enjoyable visit to the museum on 13th December 2016. The group received a guided tour from our team of volunteers and enjoyed having ‘tea on the bus’ after their tour. Deacon David Edgar dropped by the museum this afternoon to hand in the donation which was gratefully received by the Museum Manager.

Deacon David Edgar of The Weaver Incorporation of Dundee presents a cheque to the Museum Manager (next to a load of jute, of course!)

 

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Fundraise for free when you shop on-line!

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Shopping on-line this Christmas? Did you know that you can fundraise while you shop, and it won’t cost you a penny?

We have raised hundreds of pounds thanks to our members, volunteers and supporters who use easyfundraising.

Signing up to this site is a simple way to support Dundee Museum of Transport as we continue to raise funds for the development of Maryfield Tram Depot. All you have to do is:

  • Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk
  • Type Dundee Museum of Transport in the ‘Search for a cause’ field
  • Click ‘Join Us’
  • Register your details with the site

Once registered, you can start shopping with a variety of retailers who will make a contribution to Dundee Museum of Transport every-time you make a purchase. The more supporters that join our cause, the more funds we can raise.

 

 

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Museum Opening Hours Extended

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 manager@dmoft.co.uk – we are more than happy to continue booking in visits outside of our normal opening hours.

 

 

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Last Chance to Book! Fundraising Dinner

Our fund-raising dinner is an opportunity for YOU to support the restoration of a landmark building and the creation of an exciting visitor attraction that will preserve the transport heritage of the local area. Find out more about the Maryfield Tram Depot project here.

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Fundraising Dinner
Friday 4th November
7pm for 7.30pm
Invercarse Hotel
Dress code – Lounge Suit
£40 per head / £400 per table (10)
Contact info@dmoft.co.uk for enquiries and tickets

Guest Speaker – Willie Hunter

wh600Willie Hunter is currently one of the senior partners of the Edinburgh legal firm Gillespie Macandrew and is the partner in charge of their estate agency department which trades under his name Hunters.

He has been a lifelong supporter of Hearts but has retained a sense of humour despite that. On Saturdays he can be found at Tynecastle Park where he is the resident MC in the main hospitality suite and takes great pride in the fact that he is one of the few people who actually gets paid for watching Hearts.

Guest Speaker – Deborah Leslie

debbie600Deborah Leslie is a superb after dinner speaker. She is a published short story writer, children’s novelist and prize-winning Doric writer. She is the author of two children’s novels and has published three collections of short stories written in the North East’s Doric dialect.

“…Debbie replied to the Toast to the Lassies where she gave it to the men with both barrels, reduced the hall to helpless laughter and made herself an instant heroine to the womenfolk of the community…” – Mark Stephen, Brodcaster and Fyties Hall Chairman

Auction & Raffle List

Airport Transfer (Airport Travel)
Round of Golf for 4 (Piperdam)
Holiday Home for 1 week in Aviemore (Ramsay Travel)
Magnum of Champagne (Thorntons)
Xmas Hamper (Dobbies Garden Centre)
Case of Wine, 6 bottles (PS Ridgeway)
Hospitality (Lochee United)
Car Service up to the value of £140 (Blackness Auto)
Mercedes Benz Watch, +£200 value, (PS Ridgeway)
A fantastic selection of Tools (Dingbros)
Round of Golf for 4 people @ Blairgowrie (GS Insurance)
Hamper (Grosset’s Butcher)
Hospitality for 2 at Dens Park at any Category B match in the 2016/17 season. Includes seats in the Directors box and snacks in the 169 club in the Gilzean Lounge (Dundee FC)
Web site hosting for 2 years including .co.uk domain name registration (PR Systems)
2 places in the Captains box at Tannadice for a home match including food with a pay bar (Dundee Untied FC)
4 for hospitality (Lochee United)
Round of golf for 4 (Ballumbie Golf Course)
Dog Grooming (Absolute Dogs)
Dundee Stars Home Game for 4
Free MOT (Dundee Car Services)

And many more individual items!

November 4th. It’s a night not to be missed.

A huge thanks also to Larry Duncan and Tom McMillan from Lochee United and also Duncan Souter from Brodie Duncan Kitchens for their support in organising this event.

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Vehicle Register

Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) members can sign up to the DMofT Vehicle Register. The register will allow members to take their vehicle(s) to a number of shows throughout the year under the Dundee Museum of Transport banner.

Vehicles must be roadworthy (M.O.T, taxed and insured) and vehicle owners will be responsible for their own fees to attend the shows.

We intend to go to the following shows:

Tayside Classic Car Club (Errol) 11th June

Lathalmond 18th June

Glamis 8th / 9th August

Dundee Motor Show 13th August

Ladybank 20th August

Scone 9th / 10th September

(This is not an exhaustive list – more dates may be added)

To join the DMofT vehicle register, download and complete the registration form and send it to: vehiclereg@dmoft.co.uk

Registration forms are also available from the museum during our opening hours

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Maryfield Funding Drive Continues

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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.

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DMofT Volunteer Projects

Some of our volunteers have been working away on one of our many projects. For the start of next season we will have a play bus at the museum in an new play area, ideal for family visits.
It will also be used for school visits as an educational hub at the start of one of our ever increasing school visits. We are in discussions with Planning and Transportation for a coach park in Market Street so watch this space.

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