Kickstart to museum dream

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A transport museum is recruiting two new staff under the Government’s Kickstart scheme to help fulfil a £4 million dream.
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The Dundee Museum of Transport has managed to buy the former Maryfield tram depot in the city, dating from 1901. The premises need major work before the museum can move in, however, and although Grade II listed the depot is on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. Now thanks to the funding, the museum, which currently has one full-time member of staff and 50 volunteers, is advertising for an Assistant Curator and an Admin and e-Commerce Assistant. Under Kickstart, the Government will pay the wages of 16-24 year olds who would otherwise be on benefits.

“This is a major boost for us,” said museum Manager Alexander Goodger. “We are very much hoping that our new recruits will be able to help raise funds for work on the Maryfield building.”

It’s hoped to raise the £4 million through grants, including from the National Lottery, and other fundraising activities.

The museum, which has around 150 vehicles its care including buses and a Dundee Corporation tram, has been at temporary premises at Market Mews since 2012. Local bus operator Xplore Dundee has been a major supporter and numerous events are held each year including a Bus Day with Angus Transport Group on 19 September. The museum is open every day from 1000-1600hrs from March to October, and Wednesday to Sunday the rest of the year.

Anyone interested in the advertised roles is welcome to contact the museum for further details but applications for the scheme must be made via the JobCentre.

Details via dmoft.co.uk or 01382 455196.

Maryfield Tram Depot in its heyday. DUNDEE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
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