Crowdfunder launched to support new home for Dundee Museum of Transport

Crowdfunder launched to support new home for Dundee Museum of Transport

View of the proposed new museum © Andrew Black Design

Dundee Museum of Transport has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to fund the replacement of weather-damaged bricks at Maryfield Tram Depot, the site of its planned new home.

The museum is currently based in temporary premises on Market Street but is set to move to its multi-million-pound new premises on Forfar Road following an extensive renovation.

It purchased the 120m long building and surrounding two acres of grounds at the Maryfield Tram Depot in 2015. Initially constructed in 1901, the depot could house up to 70 trams but has been on the ‘Buildings at Risk’ register since 2010.

The development plans will rescue the historic building from disrepair, with proposals to re-use the existing building fabric and conserve and restore building elements where possible.

Supporters are now being asked to contribute to the ongoing restoration work by sponsoring a brick.

Earlier this year essential repairs were made to weatherproof the roof at the tram depot. The Museum is now fundraising to restore around 2,500 bricks in the Victorian building to help return it to its former glory by the end of 2024.

Supporters are asked to pledge £10 or more to cover the costs of restoring each brick with all donations directly benefiting the restoration work on this significant historical landmark.

However, it’s an all or nothing campaign and there are only four weeks to raise the necessary funds. The Museum must raise £25,000 by 22nd December or lose all the pledges.

Museum trustees are asking supporters to share the Crowdfunder link with friends and family and add their words of encouragement to the campaign page to let others know how important the restoration project is to the local community.

Donors sponsoring a brick can have their name added to a virtual brick on the Museum’s website or can opt for higher value rewards such as an exclusive “hard hat” tour of the tram depot and surrounding grounds.

Whilst almost £1.5m has been raised to date, ongoing efforts are being made to meet the phase one target of £3.5m. 

View the Crowdfunder page here.

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