Great news for Dundee Museum of Transport!

Earlier this morning, I was delighted to take part in an event at Dundee Museum of Transport where the great news of an £80 000 grant for the museum, kindly donated by the Mathew Trust, was announced.
This will allow the museum to employ a new Museum Director and a consultancy post over the next two years to carry the museum project forward.   Its great news for the museum and a result of the hard work put in by all the volunteers that have made the museum such a success.


Here’s museum Chair Jimmy McDonell (below left) making the announcement at the museum [alongside his publicity, marketing and planning colleague Matthew Jackson] earlier today :

West End Christmas Vintage Motor Cavalcade – and Blackness Primary School’s Christmas Fair

Yesterday saw the West End Christmas Vintage Motor Cavalcade take place as part of West End Christmas Fortnight.   Many thanks to Dundee Museum of Transport for arranging such an excellent vintage vehicles’ cavalcade through the West End, Barnetts Mazda for sponsoring it, Ally Bally of Radio Tay for launching the cavalcade and the many folk en route who gave us a wave!
Here’s a couple of photos :
Some of the folk taking part yesterday including Ally Bally (far left), Paul Barnett of Barnetts Motor Group (second right) and Matthew Jackson of Dundee Museum of Transport (to the immediate left of Paul)
The motorcade heads up Hawkhill!
… and Blackness Primary School had a superb turnout at its Christmas Fair yesterday too!

Monday meetings @WEndChristmas

Yesterday, I participated in a very useful meeting with Dundee Museum of Transport, who are kindly undertaking a vintage car cavalcade in the West End as part of the opening events of West End Christmas Fortnight on Saturday 22nd November.   The photo – right – was taken at the museum yesterday – it is well worth a visit!
Last night, I also participated a productive meeting at Dundee Contemporary Arts at which the excellent Discovery Walk proposal was discussed in detail.     The project is making good progress and will be an excellent addition to the city’s waterfront.

Community Spirit Action Group – talk by @DMofT

Earlier tonight, I attended the latest meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the residents’ group for the ‘north’ of the West End Ward, covering areas like Cleghorn, Pentland, Ancrum, Tullideph and Milnbank/Forest Park.
There was an excellent and informative presentation by Jimmy McDonell and Matthew Jackson of Dundee Museum of Transport.    The Museum is going from strength to strength and its no wonder, given the enthusiasm and hard work that Jimmy, Matthew and all the other Museum of Transport volunteers put into this excellent local museum.   Its well worth a visit!   You can read more about the museum here.
Also tonight at Community Spirit Action Group, we had a good discussion about a number of local issues including overgrown trees, lighting and car speed issues.

Network Rail donation to Dundee Museum of Transport @DMofT

This morning, I was delighted to take part in a presentation by Network Rail to Dundee Museum of Transport of a historic rail station sign that originally sat (from the 1950s) on the rail platform of Tay Bridge Station and latterly on the south wall of the station on Riverside Drive.
It is another great addition to the museum and many thanks go to Network Rail for donating it.
Today’s presentation
Previous site of the sign on the side of the station

Dundee Museum of Transport wins Heritage Lottery Fund support @DMofT

I was delighted to join Dundee Museum of Transport in a photocall to mark the great news that the museum has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Here’s today’s news release from the museum :
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 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.” 
… and a couple of photos from the photocall :
With some of the museum team at the former Maryfield Tram Depot
Jimmy McDonell from the museum interviewed by STV news – to be broadcast in the 6pm news tonight

Opening of Dundee Museum of Transport @DMofT

Later this morning, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Dundee Museum of Transport at Market Mews in Market Street.    Having first met with the Museum of Transport team some three years ago, it was great to see al the plans for a transport museum in the city come to fruition today – and what an impressive museum it is!
The opening weekend continues tomorrow (11am to 4pm) and is well worth a visit.   There are more details on the museum’s website and their Facebook page.     And there’s also a free vintage bus service from the bus station this weekend to take visitors to the museum.    A couple of photos from my visit this morning: