Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to accept receipt of £250,000 in funding from The Northwood Charitable Trust. This is in addition to previous donations from the Trust, bringing their total contributions to the museum to over £500,000. Funds from the Trust will facilitate the ongoing renovation work at the iconic Maryfield Tram Depot in the North East of the City to create a permanent home for the Museum in the heart of the community.
Initial work to rectify structural issues in the roof of the Victorian building was completed earlier this year, supported by The Northwood Charitable Trust and Dundee Historic Environment Trust. The Tram Depot is now safe and ready for the next stage of works.
Executive Director Paul Jennings said “We are deeply grateful to the Trustees and management team of The Northwood Charitable Trust for their significant and ongoing support. This funding is crucial, enabling us to continue with our work to preserve Dundee’s rich transport history and to create a dynamic space for the community to engage with. The renovation of the tram depot underscores our commitment to bring Dundee’s transport history to life, and to improve the cultural and educational experiences the Museum can offer.”
Northwood Trust Director Blair Thomson, said: “The Trustees are pleased to contribute funds to the development of the new museum which will add a new and exciting element to the already excellent visitor offering within the City when it opens in 2025.”
Work to deliver the first of two phases of development is well underway with the Museum’s vision to transform the tram depot into a vibrant new exhibition space that uses its unique collection to celebrate the lives of Dundonians and inspire the next generation to engage with the history and future of transport.
Whilst almost £1.5m has been raised to date, the project still has some way to go to meet its £3.5m target. There is an ongoing effort to raise funds and a planned crowdfunding campaign will launch in the autumn. Meanwhile, the museum continues to operate as normal at Market Mews, Market Street, with the popular Bus Festival planned for 16-17 September and the Military Vehicle Day in the calendar for 1 October.