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Museum launches crowd-funding bid to create a new accesible outdoor exhibition


By David Porter

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Restrictions on visitors have proved difficult for tourism in the north-east, not least at the Grampian Transport Museum which was only able to open on a limited basis last year.

A spokesman for the museum explained: "Covid-19 has given us all a new appreciation of outdoor spaces.

"At the Grampian Transport Museum it has highlighted to us the fact that our site is an underutilised asset.

"We now plan to make better use of our site by improving access to the local community and extending the visitor experience outside.

"The first step of this is to create a new exit vestibule at the rear of our main building.

"This will help keep the loss of heat and dry air to a minimum as well as providing clean and safe access to the existing outside paved walkways.

"It will also provide access to our first significant external exhibit: a 2014 Van Hool hydrogen fuel cell bus generously gifted to the museum by Aberdeen City Council.

The Hydrogen bus will be converted into a learning facility
The Hydrogen bus will be converted into a learning facility

"The bus will be repurposed as a video theatre to extend our ‘Probing the Future’ exhibition by telling the local and wider story of the development of the use of hydrogen for transportation."

He continued: "Our initial goal is to raise £10,000 to fund the secure and safe rear entrance/exit through a crowd-funding page.

"However, we would love to raise more.

"Any money raised above our initial target will then be used to create additional outside displays.

"To say thank you, we have created a set of rewards to give something back for your generosity.

The Grampian Transport Museum is aiming to offer a new visitor experience
The Grampian Transport Museum is aiming to offer a new visitor experience

"Rewards range from a thank you letter from the chair to an invite to our much anticipated post-Covid celebration which we look forward to hosting once things return to a semblance of normality."

"Please help us to take the first step and open the door to new possibilities."


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