Cars, COP-26 and the Climate Crisis at Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport’s newest exhibition, Cars, COP-26 and Climate Crisis, has been shortlisted for the Museums and Heritage Awards Sustainable Project of the Year. Focusing on climate change and carried out with a limited budget, the exhibition uses up-cycled and re-used interactives and interpretation from other museums and organisations. The exhibition focuses on how transport museums can help to combat climate change.

The initial exhibit was displayed at COP-26 in Glasgow in November 2021 as part of Museums for Climate Action, an AHRC-funded project involving seven other organisations. The British Motor Museum provided interactive elements and display panels, while any new panels used recyclable materials and solvent-free ink. Plinths were saved from scrap, and other new materials were locally produced. The exhibit featured Scamp, the Museum’s 1967 electric vehicle. The COP-26 exhibition was curated remotely, with planning being carried out virtually.

The exhibition has since been re-used in a new exhibition at Dundee Museum of Transport, titled Cars, COP-26 and the Climate Crisis. This exhibition features a fully restored 1981 PGE car, a 2018 Jaguar I-Pace, an early autonomous Range Rover from 2016 and Scamp.

Dundee Museum of Transport aims to be carbon neutral by 2024, which would make it Europe’s first fully carbon neutral transport museum. Part of these plans involve relocating the Museum to Maryfield Tram Depot. Dundee Museum of Transport is currently in the process of submitting funding bids to renovate the tram depot and relocate the collection.