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Dundee Museum of Transport opens at last

Mentioned recently, the opening of the Dundee Museum of Transport (at its hopefully first temporary site)  has become reality.

And this has to be a good thing, since it moves me to say that it’s nice to mention a museum opening, rather than a museum closing.

A new transport museum has opened its doors in Dundee.

The Dundee Museum of Transport, featuring everything from a 1950s city bus to a steam-roller and a horse-drawn ambulance, is based in a renovated industrial warehouse at Market Mews.

A special vintage bus service is ferrying customers to the museum in style throughout the weekend.

Bosses hope to establish the attraction enough to win their dream location at the city’s old Maryfield tram depot.

The group has won the support of the city’s bus company, National Express Dundee, which is now the museum’s main sponsor.

And the firm is chipping in for the opening weekend by running a free shuttle service on a vintage bus from the city’s Seagate bus station to the museum.

Mr McDonell hopes the museum can prosper enough in its current location to fund a move to the group’s dream premises, the former Maryfield tram depot – something he refers to as the museum’s “mission objective”.

However the depot, which dates back to 1901 and is currently owned by Scottish Water, is listed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland and would need significant repairs and renovation.

The transport museum group is applying to the Heritage Lottery fund for support, but needs to prove it can make a go of its current location at Market Mews.

Mr McDonell said: “We will be relying heavily on the success of our current premises to comply with the strict requirements set out by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to ensure that our hard work to get to this stage pays off.”

Via New Dundee Museum of Transport opens to the public

Dundee Museum of Transport | Bringing our transport heritage home to Tayside

Couldn’t find any shared pics of the opening itself, but it looks as if the sponsor was out on the streets to help prior to the event.

But, the museum did publish its own gallery of pics from the day:

DMofT | Events | Photographs 2014

 

Found a preview video too:

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April 23, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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