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Dundee Heritage Trust and its operating company Dundee Industrial Heritage Limited are both registered charities formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee’s industrial past. The Trust sprang from a small dedicated band of local people concerned that unless action was taken important aspects of the city’s history would be lost forever. Trustees are drawn from a diverse range of community and business interests in Dundee and Tayside.

As well as the internationally renowned 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 and have won numerous awards, as well as being 5 star rated visitor attractions with Visit Scotland. In 2008 the Jute Collections and the RRS Discovery and the associated polar collections were named as Recognised Collections of National Significance.

Dundee Heritage Trust receives no subsidies from national government and only a small subsidy from local government which equates to just 6% of the museums’ running costs. The Trust therefore has to raise the balance from its own activities. As such we rely on the trading revenue generated by visitors and fundraising initiatives including corporate and charitable trust support.

Contributions towards our valuable work in presenting and interpreting the nation's history will be gratefully received.

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