Dundee Museum of Transport is shortlisted for environmental sustainability award


The Museum has been shortlisted in this year’s Museums + Heritage awards in the Sustainable Project of the Year category sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


The annual Museums + Heritage awards are a celebration of museums, heritage and cultural organisations across the UK. The Sustainable Project of the Year category showcases best practice in running environmentally-sustainable projects or exhibitions.


In November last year, it was announced that, for the first time in 2022, there will be up to two winners of this award:

  1. one which has used simple, affordable and easily transferable approaches

  2. one which has delivered an environmentally sustainable capital project

The award was expanded to inspire and motivate projects of all sizes to ‘think sustainably’.

Anna Preedy, Director of Museums + Heritage, said: “Whilst the last two years have without doubt been challenging, it is inspiring to see how the world of museums and heritage has risen to the challenge, has innovated and evolved.


“The projects represented on this year’s shortlist have demonstrated resilience, creativity and an appetite to evolve and to respond to change. They represent the very best of the best.”

Dundee Museum of Transport: COP-26 exhibition

An overview of the exhibition space, with interactives and panels made from recycled materials
An overview of the exhibition space, with interactives and panels made from recycled materials

As part of a collaboration of eight organisations called Museums For Climate Action, Dundee Museum of Transport hosted an exhibition at COP-26 in Glasgow in 2021. It explored how museums can support the move to climate-friendly technology and lifestyles.


The exhibition was curated remotely, and both the content and the materials used considered environmental sustainability. Interactives from other museums were up-cycled and re-used, and new panels were created using solvent free ink and recyclable exhibition materials. It also featured the Museum’s own 1967 electric car, Scamp.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals were embedded into the exhibition content, and highlighted Scotland’s timeline for environmental action, which includes banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032.


The materials have now been re-used in a new exhibition at Dundee Museum of Transport called: Cars, COP-26 and the Climate Crisis.


The winners will be announced at this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony, which is taking place in London on 11 May 2022.