Discovery Point, home of the historic RRS Discovery ship, has received a £5,000 boost to its extensive refurbishment programme. The five-star visitor attraction, located at Dundee's waterfront, received a cheque from the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust towards the recent upgrades to its visitor galleries and conference facilities. The updates include a touch-screen Antarctica map, an explorer themed gallery and a dress-up area for kids.
Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust, is pictured (left) with Alastair Scott of the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust. Paul said, "This generous contribution from the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust is most welcome. It is only through the support of our backers - individuals, businesses, grant givers and other stakeholders – that we can continue to provide an award-winning visitor experience at the heart of Dundee's tourist hub."
With a role of preserving Dundee and its heritage for current and future generations, Dundee Heritage Trust owns and operates RRS Discovery and Verdant Works, one of the nation's important textile museums.
Dundee Heritage Trust
Formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee's Heritage, Dundee Heritage Trust is an independent registered charity dedicated to the guardianship, preservation and portrayal of Dundee's Heritage in ways that educate, inspire and enlighten current and future generations.
As well as the internationally significant Royal Research Ship Discovery, Dundee Heritage Trust has responsibility for Discovery Point Antarctic Museum plus Verdant Works, one of the nation's most important textile museums. Both sites are accredited museums with collections of national significance, 5 star rated attractions with VisitScotland and have won numerous awards.
The Trust has recently completed a series of further enhancements at Discovery Point which included upgrades to the visitor experience and its conferencing and events facilities. This was part funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and Dundee City Council and cost approximately £500,000.
International Architecture Award
Verdant Works recently won an international award for architecture after a stunning transformation that took it from a dilapidated building to a leading museum, visitor attraction and venue. The Open Gallery at High Mill, part of the restored Verdant Works, was recognised in the conservation category of the 2018 Civic Trust Awards for its outstanding architecture, planning and design.