Monday, July 28, 2014

Transport Museum Pushing Forward Thanks to Lottery Funding

A transport museum in Dundee, Scotland, has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used to ensure a permanent home for the many exhibits, including the city's only remaining horse-drawn tram, which was rescued from a garden in Perth earlier on in the year.

Most of the exhibits were acquired by independent groups and private collectors who shared a desire preserve Dundee's transport heritage. In February 2010 representatives of several such groups got together and began making plans to establish the Dundee Museum of Transport. A committee was formed and by June 2010 the museum was a registered charity, but it took four years of work before the museum opened its doors to the public on April 26, 2014.

The museum is a completely volunteer-driven project that is committed to restoring and displaying the city's historic vehicles along with relevant transport-related memorabilia.

When the funding was confirmed on Tuesday, July 22, museum chairman Jimmy McDonell said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and it comes on the back of us being awarded three stars as a visitor attraction by VisitScotland.  We 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."

The Heritage Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing a share of the funds raised by UK National Lottery Good Causes. Grants are awarded to projects designed to sustain and transform the British Heritage.