With your support, we can continue to preserve Dundee’s outstanding industrial and maritime heritage for future generations and tell the inspiring stories of polar exploration, Antarctic science, textiles and our city’s social history to the world.

It costs around £2 million each year to run RRS Discovery and the Discovery Point and Verdant Works museums, and just 1.3% of this is publicly funded.

You can therefore make a transformational difference to our work by making a gift to Dundee Industrial Heritage.

Your generosity makes it possible to care for our internationally significant collections and to deliver an award-winning education and learning programme to engage our communities.

However you choose to support us, you will know that your gift, of whatever size, is valued and ensures that our two fascinating and important collections will be preserved, shared and enjoyed by all.

Support Us

You can give a single gift or set up a monthly donation online on our donation page 

Or you can donate by bank transfer

To make a donation to Dundee Heritage Trust directly from your bank account or to set up a regular standing order, please contact our Development Manager e: development for further information.

You can make a donation by cheque.

To make a donation by post, please make your cheque payable to:

Dundee Industrial Heritage Ltd and post to:

Dundee Heritage Trust, Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1  4XA

Please include your name and contact details with your cheque.

Give during your visit.

If you would prefer to make a donation in person, there are donation boxes in the Museums, or you can speak to a member of our front-of-house team during your visit.


Thank you!

Donate in Celebration


Whether you are celebrating a new baby or an 80th birthday, an engagement or a golden wedding anniversary, a family reunion, graduation, or simply the special people in your life, a gift in celebration is a unique way to commemorate life’s precious moments.


Gifts like these can provide vital and lasting support for the Trust and our museums, including:

  • Discovery Point, the RRS Discovery, and our polar collection;
  • Verdant Works and our industrial and textile heritage collections;
  • Our efforts to protect the endangered heritage skills of Dundee’s mariners and mill workers;
  • Our award-winning learning programme reaches 1000s of people every year;
  • Our developing work to champion sustainability for future generations.

Donate now

Our form will take you through a short series of questions about your special reason for donating, and you will have the option to make your gift anonymous or public if you wish. We will be in touch to thank you for your gift and offer the option of a further personalised thank you for being sent to a chosen recipient/s (if applicable), either on a certain date or within two working days of your gift. We will also offer the chance to stay in touch with us and hear more about our work and our impact throughout the year.

Alternatively, you may wish to create a celebration fund.


Our Giving Promise

We will always direct donations to the area of greatest need unless otherwise agreed in advance of your donation, and by allowing us to do this, you will be empowering our small team of experts, educators, and ambassadors to respond most effectively to the changing needs of our museums and communities.

However, if you have a particular reason for wishing to dedicate your donation to a specific area of our work, please contact our Development Manager, Catriona Yates, at catriona.yates@dundeeheritage.co.uk or call us on 01382 309060 and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Whatever and in whichever way you choose to give, thank you for your support.

It makes a world of difference to us.

Hold a collection

If you have very recently lost a loved one, you may be considering asking friends and family to donate to charity in lieu of flowers at a funeral or memorial. This can be a very personal and positive way of remembering someone and celebrating their life, so if you are considering us – thank you.


Whether this is due to a passion for heritage, a family history in the dockyards and mills, a penchant for polar exploration, or simply a love of our bonnie Dundee, you can be assured that your collection will help us protect and share all of these things at our much-loved museums now and in the future. Ask your funeral directors if you would like help arranging a collection. Most should be able to handle this for you and send any donations to us directly. Our charity information is available here.

If you would prefer to organise the collection yourself, you can request special envelopes for this purpose by emailing our Development Manager, Catriona Yates, at catriona.yates@dundeeheritage.co.uk or call us on 01382 309060.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider creating a tribute fund online.


Our Giving Promise

We will always direct donations to the area of greatest need unless otherwise agreed in advance of your gift, empowering our small team of guardians, interpreters, and ambassadors of Dundee’s heritage to respond effectively to the changing needs of our museums and communities.

However, if you have a particular reason for wishing to dedicate your collection to a specific area of our work, please contact our Development Manager, Catriona Yates, at catriona.yates@dundeeheritage.co.uk or call us on 01382 309060 to discuss your preferences. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Whatever and however you choose to give, thank you for your support.

It makes a world of difference to us.

Did You Know You Can Leave Us a Gift in Your Will?

As a charity, one of the most effective and tax-efficient ways for you to support our work is to leave a gift to Dundee Heritage Trust in your will.

Did you know that you can leave us 1% of your estate and the remaining 99% to your family and friends?

With your legacy gift, we can ensure that Dundee’s history is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Our preference is for your gift to be used where the need is greatest, depending on our priorities; however, if you have specific wishes, please let your solicitor know.

To find out more, contact our Development Manager Catriona Yates e: Catriona.yates@dundeeheritage.co.uk


Discovery Point Transformed

A new centre for Antarctic heritage, environment and learning.


Dundee Heritage Trust needs your support for an exciting new initiative that will reimagine the Discovery Point Antarctic museum and secure the future of the historic RRS Discovery.

Our goal with this ambitious project is to transform Discovery Point into a world-class centre for Antarctic heritage and science, connecting the pioneering history of the Royal Research Ship Discovery with contemporary global issues such as climate change, the ocean environment and current Antarctic research.

Keeping the historic RRS Discovery centre stage, the project will exploit more fully Discovery Point’s unique waterfront location, tell compelling stories using our rich collections and deliver a comprehensive learning and engagement programme for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Supporting Discovery Point Transformed

With your help, we can transform Discovery Point into a world-class Antarctic heritage and environment centre that will inspire new audiences and create a dramatic destination for local, national and international visitors.



Contact our Development Team to find out how you can support this amazing project.





Corporate Supporters

We have a range of tailored corporate packages, including corporate membership and sponsorship opportunities that will allow your business to align with Dundee’s two premier visitor attractions.

By working with us, your staff, existing clients, potential customers and visiting guests can all make use of our facilities; you can maximise your branding and PR opportunities and realise your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

To discuss creating a mutually beneficial partnership with us, and for further information, contact our Development Team e: Corporate Partnerships or t: +44 (0)1382 309060




Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust

Dundee Heritage Trust has a Friends organisation of around two hundred members. Of these some thirty to forty are active volunteers assisting with guiding, administration and accounts work. Others work in the archives and collections areas and some are involved with the education programme. The Friends group also raises funds for the Trust and has a busy programme of social events.

As a Friend you are entitled to:

Privileged year-round admission to Discovery Point, RRS Discovery and Verdant Works

Discount offers in the museum shops and Verdant Works cafe

Regular newsletters

An invitation to a variety of talks and social activities throughout the year

The chance to actively help in the Trust’s exciting projects

Annual subscription is currently £15

For more information please contact:

The Membership Secretary
Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust
Discovery Point, Discovery Quay
Dundee DD1 4XA

The Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust Data Protection Policy



Dundee Heritage Trust is an independent registered charity dedicated to preserving and interpreting Dundee’s historic past.  

Founded in 1985 by a small band of dedicated volunteers, volunteering remains at the heart of everything we do. Without the enthusiasm and dedication of our large volunteer base, our organisation wouldn’t be where it is today.  

Designed to inspire and benefit, we offer a range of opportunities to suit the abilities and interests of our volunteers, including (click on each to learn more):  

As a volunteer, you can: 

  • Learn about museums, our collections, and world heritage.  
  • Gain new skills and experience.  
  • Make friends and meet people from around the world. 
  • Share your passion and enthusiasm. 
  • Access exclusive events and training for volunteers. 
  • Become part of a collaborative and inclusive community committed to inspiring change. 

How to apply:  

View and complete the application form here, and send it to april.harvey@dundeeheritage.co.uk. 

If you require any of our printed materials in an alternative format (e.g., large print) or assistance completing your application form, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  



Who can apply?  

Anyone can apply! We welcome applications from people from all walks of life, and we will work with you to find a commitment that works for you, whether that’s a few hours a month to half a day every week. 

  1. What happens after I apply? 

We’ll invite you to meet us at the site(s) you want to volunteer at to help you get an idea of what the role is like and how we work as a team; after the visit, we’ll ask you to fill in a couple more forms and then you’ll be invited in to an induction. 

  1. How much time do I have to give as a volunteer? 

It’s totally up to you and dependent on the role! Please check the role description, and drop us a message if you’re unsure. 

  1. What if I change my mind about volunteering? 

We understand that things can change quickly in your personal and professional life. If you change your mind about volunteering with us, please let us know, and we will find a solution that works for everyone. 

  1. Are there certain qualifications, skills, or previous experience I need?  

No, we will provide full training and induction for each role- if you have expertise in an area, please let us know. You will always be supervised if the role involves working with young people. 

  1. Will I get my expenses paid? 

Yes, we will pay for transport to and from volunteering monthly and any (pre-approved) out-of-pocket expenses. 

  1. What about insurance?  

You are covered by our employee liability insurance,  

  1. Will volunteering affect my benefits? 

You can volunteer for as many hours as you like as long you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you get. You can find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/volunteering-and-claiming-benefits. 


If we haven’t answered your question here, please get in touch with april.harvey@dundeeheritage.co.uk.