Heritage Brought to Life

Discover the stories of Dundee’s people and the city’s industrial past; hear the roar of mill machinery; try Dundee’s famous cake; and more, as the city’s heritage is brought to life in our beautiful 1830s jute mill.

Discovery Repairs: Explore the Build

Experience conservation work undertaken by Scottish engineers using traditional methods, to restore Discovery’s ageing timbers as she approaches her 100th anniversary as a Royal Research Ship in 2025!

Adopt an Object

Support us to care for our nationally significant Polar and Jute Collections.

Become a Corporate Supporter

Discover the difference your business could make to our work in Dundee.

Our Sustainability Strategy

At Dundee Heritage Trust, we are committed to protecting and sharing our local and global heritage for current and future generations.

Latest News

Keep up to date with news and stories from Discovery Point and Verdant Works Museum.

Polar Publications

Celebrate two iconic publications from within our Polar Collections; the famous South Polar Times compiled on Discovery in 1902, and Shackleton’s rare Aurora Australis.

The Boss

As 2024 marks #Shackleton150, we look at just some of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Discovery story, and how his first trip to Antarctica paved the way for an incredible career in Polar exploration.


Become a major benefactor

Support the Royal Research Ship Discovery on her continuing journey

The generosity of private organisations and individual subscribers was crucial in securing the necessary funds for the design and build of the Royal Research Ship Discovery and the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04.

Many gifts were offered ‘to contribute to towards the advancement of our knowledge and the planet on which we live.’

one of the very first donors, Mr Llewellyn Longstaff, when he gifted £25,000 in 1897

No longer exploring the icy seas of Antarctica, the Royal Research Ship Discovery has returned to the place of her birth in Dundee, where her journey continues. Visitors to Discovery Point are now the ones to explore her historic decks, following in the footsteps of epic adventurers and curious scientists. The Royal Research Ship Discovery and the Nationally Significant polar collection, cared for by Dundee Heritage Trust, continue to help generations of children advance their knowledge and learn more about our planet.

We are incredibly lucky to have responsibility for such an important heritage asset, but we need help once again from generous organisations and individuals to ensure that the Royal Research Ship Discovery continues to inspire. The effects of age, weathering, and our changing climate are drastically taking their toll on the ship’s structure, and she urgently needs specialist repair work to keep her intact. Help us fund vital repairs now before we lose her forever.

Caring for the Royal Research Ship Discovery

To learn more or for an initial conversation, please contact our Development team via email at: development@dundeeheritage.co.uk

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