Dundee Museum of Transport set to become reality
I won’t pretend I have been following developments around the Dundee Museum of Transport and knew about this promise for years, and have to admit the news of the opening of temporary premises in April came a something of a surprise. While I have taken a step back from active participation in historic car events, I still watch related news, but can’t recall seeing anyone mention this development, which has clearly been underway for some years.
Current information can be found on the museum’s web site:
The museum has acquired temporary premises at Market Mews on the corner of Market Street and Broughty Ferry Road near the centre of Dundee. These temporary premises will allow the display of some of the transport-related memorabilia already acquired while it works towards its city’s goal of moving to the former Maryfield Tram Depot in Forfar Road.
A special event is being held to mark the opening of the museum’s temporary premises at Market Mews:
Opening times (at the time of writing) are given by the museum as:
For the opening event:
Saturday 26 April 2014: 11am to 4pm
Sunday 27 April 2014: 11am to 4pm
Then from Monday 28 April 2014:
Weekdays: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Weekends: 11:00am to 3.30pm
Public holidays 11:00am to 3.30pm
Admission charges: Not given at the time of writing, but are to be announced prior to the opening.
Tornado jet controversy
I notice that there’s a little bit of controversy around a claim that the museum has a Tornado jet for inclusion in its displays.
I found this quote from a new article back on 2 April 2011:
The museum chairman, Jimmy McDonnell, said, “We are delighted at the generous offer of space from the owner at no charge to the trust. The empty building will allow us to have an office to coordinate our fund-raising efforts and activities and, most importantly, to continue to gather, store and catalogue artefacts and items relating to Dundee’s rich transport history.
“Our main objective is for Maryfield tram depot but this will be a temporary office place and we’re going to have a small display area. We are going to be a bit restricted for space here but we will have a revolving small display here and maybe some stuff outside.
“We’ve an RAF Tornado jet promised to us from Leuchars and we want to get an exhibition ready to do something in time for WestFest in June.”
But then I spotted a public denial of the claim on April 13, issued by Leuchars:
RAF Leuchars has denied it “promised” a multi-million-pound RAF Tornado F3 combat jet to the Dundee Museum of Transport, despite recent claims.
Officials from the Fife base have confirmed that all its Tornado fighters, which were once integral to the defence of Britain’s northern airspace, were already in England as they go into retirement and there are no plans to hand one over as an exhibit.
The news came only days after the chairman of the transport museum, Jimmy McDonnell, said that the base had pledged to hand one over.
Mr McDonnell was asked to comment but did not do so.
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