Craigowl Primary School visit

 

Volunteers from Dundee Museum of Transport attended Craigowl Primary School this month with the Routemaster and Hillman. These vehicles are members of our recently established vehicle register. The team will be out and about at various shows over the summer. If you are interested in joining us, find out more about the vehicle register here: https://www.dmoft.co.uk/2016/10/vehicle-register/

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Tay Rail Bridge Disaster

Tay Bridge Disaster illustration

Dundee Museum of Transport is now working on the fall of the Tay Rail Bridge in collaboration with Professor David Swinfen, the author of the informative book of the same name which you can find to purchase in the shop section here. We also have the precious help of our other partners in the City to develop this exhibition. Plans are at an early stage and we want this exhibit to reflect both the engineering failure and the victims of that failure. In this regard, the museum is keen to hear from anyone who may have objects relating to the disaster that can be put on display. The exhibition is planned to open at the end of 2017 to coincide with the anniversary of the disaster, 138 years after.

Any information should be forwarded to manager@dmoft.co.uk

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Restoration project: Dundee Panda Car

Dundee’s last surviving Police Panda Car is soon to be fully restored to its former glory. Its progress can be seen at the Emergency Vehicle Day on Sunday 16th July 2017.

The museum recently purchased the 1970 Morris Minor at auction from a seller in Rugby. As well as the vehicle, the museum has acquired various memorabilia including roof lights, a police radio and original badges and buttons from a uniform.

The Registration Number of the vehicle is KTS 504H. Photographs from the period show the vehicle in service with Dundee Police some five years before the force was amalgamated into Tayside Police.

 

Dundee Police Panda Cars. Note the registration of the vehicles.

Before restoration work

After restoration work. The vehicle should be fully restored by the end of 2017.

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Brick Transport Trail

Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to announce a new activity trail for summer 2017! Brick Transport Models are taking over the museum displays, with numerous planes, trains, cars and vans dotted around the museum for visitors to find. To celebrate these fantastic models going on display we are giving away 10 family passes! An announcement will go out at mid-day on Wednesday 31st May via our website, facebook and twitter so keep an eye on our pages to secure your FREE pass.


 

 

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1915 MODEL T FORD

 

Ford Model T currently on loan and on display at Dundee Museum of Transport

1915 MODEL T FORD SV 8898

 

What we know today as the method of Mass Production, used by countless businesses across the world was started by the Ford Motor Company on the 1st October 1908. Thanks to this pioneering method that allowed many cars to be produced at the same time in an assembly line instead of handcrafting them individually (creating economies of scale), the Model T Ford SV became one of the first affordable automobile for the average middle-class American. Hence making independent travel much more affordable and accessible.

Not long after, the Ford Model T was also the first vehicle to be built throughout various countries at the same time. It first started in Canada, and Trafford Park, Manchester (England). They were later assembled in Germany, Argentina, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan.

Ford started its mass production combined with the knock-down kit concept ( a kit containing the parts needed to assemble a product, also called KD) practically from the start as all their production materials would be delivered in huge bulks.

This car is not only a great-looking vehicle, but also a symbol of human development and connection throughout history.

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School Visits at Dundee Museum of Transport

Before the Easter holidays we were visited by pupils from Glamis Primary School. Pupils enjoyed a tour of the museum, learning about different kinds of transport from the late 19th century to the present day.

Would you like to visit the museum with your class? We can provide pre-booked tours of the museum at discounted rates. Just download the booking form here: https://www.dmoft.co.uk/visit-us/

Pupils from Glamis PS during a recent school visit

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Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust Donation

Dundee Museum of Transport was delighted to receive a cheque for £2427.73 from the recently dissolved Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust on Friday 24th March. With the Trust achieving its objective to erect memorials to those who lost their lives in the 1879 disaster, left-over funds were donated to Dundee Museum of Transport for a Tay Rail Bridge disaster display. Trustees and volunteers from both the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust and Dundee Museum of Transport attended the cheque ceremony on Friday evening where Professor David Swinfen formally presented the funds to Museum Chairman, Jimmy McDonell.

Tay Rail Bridge Memorial Trust Chair Prof. David Swinfen presents the cheque to Museum Chair Jimmy McDonell on Friday evening at a reception in the museum.

 

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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

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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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