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05/12/2023

🎅 Don't miss out this weekend and experience ✨Christmas✨

GTM's handcrafted traditional winter wonderland is back, with the opportunity to see Santa’s elves hard at work getting ready to deliver a magical Christmas.

Located in the rural and beautiful village of Alford, just 25 miles from Aberdeen. Why not make a day of it and explore the area?

🎁 For more information and to book, click the link!
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🎄A Christmas Market is coming to GTM!  ⏰ 16th and 17th of December GTM’s market will be open from 10am until 3pm and is ...
04/12/2023

🎄A Christmas Market is coming to GTM!

⏰ 16th and 17th of December

GTM’s market will be open from 10am until 3pm and is free to enter (please note there is no access to the main museum), featuring selected crafters who have some unique Christmas gifts for family and friends, the museum shop will also be open throughout the day for your transport Christmas gifts!
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02/12/2023

Young Engineers: Parents at work
Today we see one of our parents volunteers at work, making circuit boards to monitor the car's performance and explaining how it works.








01/12/2023

Are you looking for the most magical Christmas experience for your children this year? 🎄

Visit Santa at Grampian Transport Museum and make your children's dreams come true this Christmas! The man himself has arrived and is waiting to meet everyone booked to see him this weekend. We even got him answering the phone 😉

Make memories that will last a lifetime and book Visit Santa today. There are still some tickets but they are going fast!

🔗 https://www.gtm.org.uk/santa/

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!⚙️ Heritage Skills: Classic Car Electrics🗓️ When: Saturday, 2 December⛯ Where: Collection Centre at ...
01/12/2023

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!
⚙️ Heritage Skills: Classic Car Electrics

🗓️ When: Saturday, 2 December
⛯ Where: Collection Centre at The Grampian Transport Museum
⏳ Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

This course will be an introduction to maintenance for heritage vehicles: electricity, wiring and lighting. It is aimed at those interested in heritage vehicles with only a basic knowledge of the skills and techniques involved.

Get your tickets here: 🎟 https://buff.ly/49eOY1w






We are very privileged to have been given ✨exclusive✨ access to Santa's Historical Archive at Grampian Transport Museum,...
30/11/2023

We are very privileged to have been given ✨exclusive✨ access to Santa's Historical Archive at Grampian Transport Museum, with objects telling the story of Santa's escapades throughout the centuries, including his Study on the Time-Enlargement Chimney Entry System!

Want to find out more? Get your tickets here: 🔗 https://www.gtm.org.uk/santa

November 30th is Saint Andrew's Day in Scotland and the Grampian Transport Museum would like to share a couple of 'relic...
30/11/2023

November 30th is Saint Andrew's Day in Scotland and the Grampian Transport Museum would like to share a couple of 'relics' with you from our archive.

Scotland was negotiating with the Catholic Church in Rome circa 300 AD and claimed that they were descended from the Black Sea Scythians - who had been converted to Christianity by St Andrew - the brother of St Peter.

This went down well with the Vatican and St Andrew was increasingly invoked. After a battle with the Saxons circa AD 800, the King Angus saw the Saltire Cross in the sunrise, won his battle, and the Saltire has been used ever since.

As Scotland progressed, the treatment of invalids and the wounded became increasingly essential.

St Andrew's Ambulance Association was formed in 1882 in Scotland and rapidly led the way. Queen Victoria awarded them a Royal Charter in 1899, producing purpose-built horse-drawn ambulances (followed by vehicles) involved in WWI.

How does this relate to GTM?

We received ephemera belonging to Station Master John Donald. His main claim to fame was his involvement in the capture of some German Spies - and we have had an exhibition celebrating his work. However, apart from being a Station Master, he had many other interests - including first aid. He was a member of St Andrew's Ambulance Association and we have his certificate and badges.

The bronze badge in the photograph one is still in its delivery envelope and it is slightly emotional to know that HE was the one who tore the top of it - and kept the top in the little envelope. The other badge is interesting because, as he was working for LNER railways - St Andrew's A.A. produced badges celebrating their connection.

Note the vertical red cross was becoming the go-to symbol for first aid, but the earlier bronze badge has the Saltire style cross. It was alleged that Saint Andrew was crucified - but refused to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus as he did not feel worthy. Because of this, his saltire cross became synonymous with him.

Happy St Andrew's Day from the archives!
Grampian Transport Museum.






It's just 3 days until Santa returns to his Alford office at Grampian Transport Museum! 🎅 Have you got your tickets yet?...
29/11/2023

It's just 3 days until Santa returns to his Alford office at Grampian Transport Museum! 🎅

Have you got your tickets yet?
🎫: https://buff.ly/3SR6Hnd

27/11/2023

🚗 🎁 Give the gift of membership: The perfect gift for transport lovers!

By gifting a family member or a friend a membership you help ensure our collections and the museum are here for you and everyone; now and into the future. And you will make someone happy who can enjoy GTM's collection, as well as exclusive benefits and discounts.

🚏The benefits of gtm+ membership
✔️ Free unlimited access to the museum during normal opening hours
✔️ Unlimited access to the Motorbites Tea Room and Gift Shop during normal museum opening hours
✔️ Gift shop discount
✔️ Free entry to the children’s rides and activity afternoons and the outdoor arena programme as and when rules allow their promotion
✔️ Invites to exclusive members’ events
✔️ Reduced rates for car/motorbike storage in the Collections Centre
✔️ An invite and chance to vote at the museum’s AGM.

🚏 For more information, head to our bio!
For more information, head to the link: https://buff.ly/3aj4mNA







Alford Christmas Festival: our tearoom and shop are open today! 🎅🏼We are delighted to be hosting the Santa Run in the ar...
26/11/2023

Alford Christmas Festival: our tearoom and shop are open today! 🎅🏼

We are delighted to be hosting the Santa Run in the arena today as part of the Alford Christmas Festival, along with Bounceabout Castles, the Tractor Display and Reindeer Food Making Station!

🧁 Our tearoom is open, serving hot drinks, cakes and hot snacks throughout the day.

🎁 The museum shop is also open for , and we have sourced some lovely gifts this year for Christmas so why not come and have a look? As an independent charity, every purchase made supports the museum. You can also order some goodies on our new online store: https://buff.ly/3SVIYoR 🔗





25/11/2023

Young Engineers: Parent Volunteers

With the best team we have ever had, parents are a key part of Young Engineers' success, who help out and of course fund a lot of the racing. The museum provides the workshops and tools, the track on which to learn driving skills and as much support as we can but without enthusiastic volunteer parents it just would not happen.







🚗✨ Exciting News! Grampian Transport Museum's first ever online store is LIVE, just in time for Black Friday! 🌟 Explore ...
24/11/2023

🚗✨ Exciting News!

Grampian Transport Museum's first ever online store is LIVE, just in time for Black Friday! 🌟 Explore a treasure trove of automotive goodies from the comfort of your home. Don't miss out on the perfect gifts for the car enthusiast in your life!

🔗 Check it out here: https://buff.ly/3SVIYoR

23/11/2023

Tales from the Archive

This week's object: A tramways map from 1924
Full version on TikTok, head to our bio!






Bedford Dormobile is staying at GTM 🚐The lucky Stuart family won a Bedford Dormobile in a competition featured in The Pr...
22/11/2023

Bedford Dormobile is staying at GTM 🚐

The lucky Stuart family won a Bedford Dormobile in a competition featured in The Press and Journal in April 1963.

Originating from Forbestown, Strathdon, they collected their prize at the SMT Sales and Service Company on Bon Accord Street.

Following Mrs. Stuart's death, her wish was to auction the campervan, as she didn't want to choose which of her five sons would inherit it. However, the brothers couldn't part with the family treasure and bought it back at auction in Dundee. To honour their mother's desire to see it in a museum, they've decided to permanently gift it to the Grampian Transport Museum, where it has been for a few years. Ian Stuart expressed, "There's no point in it being hidden away," and the museum's assistant curator, Nick Webb, highlighted the rarity and historical significance of the Bedford Dormobile as an iconic representation of early campervans. The decision to preserve it in its original condition at the museum ensures that future generations can appreciate this piece of local transport history in the north-east.

Read the featured article at The Press & Journal
Head to our Bio and click the link.
https://buff.ly/3G416VW.





🎄A Christmas Market is coming to GTM!  ⏰ 16th and 17th of December GTM’s market will be open from 10am until 3pm and is ...
20/11/2023

🎄A Christmas Market is coming to GTM!

⏰ 16th and 17th of December

GTM’s market will be open from 10am until 3pm and is free to enter (please note there is no access to the main museum), featuring selected crafters who have some unique Christmas gifts for family and friends, the museum shop and tearoom will also be open throughout the day for your transport Christmas gifts!
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💼  GTM is hiring!An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Events and Relationships Manager.Does this sound lik...
19/11/2023

💼 GTM is hiring!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Events and Relationships Manager.

Does this sound like a bit of you?

For more details follow the link to view the vacancy in full and to apply online: https://buff.ly/3MQjMfs







Following on from Remembrance DayNovember 18th is the anniversary of the ending of the dreadful Battle of the Somme in W...
18/11/2023

Following on from Remembrance Day

November 18th is the anniversary of the ending of the dreadful Battle of the Somme in WWI. There was appalling loss of life and we salute the memory of those who perished there.

Grampian Transport Museum has a rare copy of a WWI-produced book called quite simply - 'The Battle of the Somme'. It consists of magazines produced during the war and bound together.

GTM accepted it because it is full of photographs of horses, vehicles, trains etc - all the transport elements required to support a 'modern' war. The dialogue is generally upbeat - as it was designed to keep morale up back home.

However, by reading between the lines and looking at photos of casualties being transported away from the battlefields, we suspect that the folks in Britain were well aware of what was going on.

We have attached a brilliant picture of a convoy bringing supplies to the front. There is a lot to see in the picture. The horses are being ridden with a single rider to each pair. This is called Postilion riding and means that each rider has a chance to control his horses if there is an explosion nearby. A single driver would be hard-pressed to calm them all down. The men are wearing Brodie Helmets - designed in WWI to reduce injuries to the head from air-burst artillery. Note the narrow gauge railway - which the British laid all over the place to improve supplies. And the sad part of the photo - all the graves dug alongside the road.

Grampian Transport Museum




18/11/2023

Young Engineers: Part II
Our Racing Team talks about the racing process, the first-day experience and what the most unexpected problem they had to solve.







16/11/2023

Tales From the Archives: This week, from fossicking around the rubbish tip to treasures in the archives.

To see our full video, head to our TikTok account, link in our bio!







Happy National Memes Day from all the Team at GTM!
15/11/2023

Happy National Memes Day from all the Team at GTM!






Visit Santa at Grampian Transport Museum! 🎅 Tickets are running low with some days almost completely booked out - get yo...
14/11/2023

Visit Santa at Grampian Transport Museum! 🎅

Tickets are running low with some days almost completely booked out - get your tickets now!

Once again, the award-winning Grampian Transport Museum is opening its doors for a very special visitor this Christmas from 2nd December.

All the way from Lapland, Santa can’t wait to welcome children from across the North East to experience the magic of Christmas at the museum.

To find out more, follow the link: https://www.gtm.org.uk/santa/





Are you a classic car enthusiast looking to learn how to maintain your classic car? 🚗Join us on Saturday, 18th November ...
13/11/2023

Are you a classic car enthusiast looking to learn how to maintain your classic car? 🚗

Join us on Saturday, 18th November from 1pm-5pm for our Heritage Skills Workshop on Classic Car Maintenance! This workshop is ideal for beginners and will provide helpful tips and tricks on keeping your classic car running smoothly. Spread the word and sign up today! Spaces are very limited. If you are a GTM+ member, check out the newsletter hitting your inboxes today for your discount code!

For more information and tickets: https://www.gtm.org.uk/events/heritage-skills-caring-for-your-classic-car/

Remembrance DayAt this time of year when we remember our fallen military colleagues, it is appropriate that Grampian Tra...
12/11/2023

Remembrance Day

At this time of year when we remember our fallen military colleagues, it is appropriate that Grampian Transport Museum shares some of its relevant photographs with you.

The Museum has a large collection Norco (the old store) memorabilia, and because the organisation spanned 2 world wars, it is not surprising that they lost a lot of staff in both wars. We attach a picture of their WW1 Memorial - where they lost 55 of their people.

It is interesting that a large number of them were from the Gordon Highlanders.

The second picture shown is from an early postcard in our collection. It shows a German Field Gun captured by the Gordon Highlanders in 1915. The gun was unveiled by the Duke of Richmond later the same year - but was the subject of some demonstrations from people who did not think that a German killing machine should be on display!

It was alright to show our own, of course. Some things do not change.

'At the going down of the sun, and in the morning - we will remember them.'

Grampian Transport Museum






11/11/2023

Young Engineers: Part I
Our racing team shares what Young Engineers is all about.








09/11/2023

Tales from the Archive

This week's object: A train toy from 1925






08/11/2023

Young Engineers: An Introduction

Today is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) Day & we want to highlight Young Engineers at GTM.

Young Engineers team leader for over 10 years, John Rahtz, whose engineering expertise has been key to much of the previous success of the club, gives a brief introduction to what Young Engineers is all about.











07/11/2023

We get it. You love classic cars. We do too. Want a fun way of learning more about maintaining your classic car?
Head to our Bio and learn more in our events section!




⚙️ Heritage Skills: Classic Car Electrics🗓️ When: Saturday, 2 December⛯ Where: Collection Centre at The Grampian Transpo...
05/11/2023

⚙️ Heritage Skills: Classic Car Electrics

🗓️ When: Saturday, 2 December
⛯ Where: Collection Centre at The Grampian Transport Museum
⏳ Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Do you love classic cars? Want a fun way of learning more about maintaining your classic car?

This course will be an introduction to maintenance for heritage vehicles, its electricity, wiring and lighting. It is aimed at those interested in historic transport with only a basic knowledge of the skills and techniques involved.

Want to know more details about the course and book?

🎟 https://buff.ly/49eOY1w





This Event is run by others or in conjunction with GTMAre you ready for a magical experience? We're hosting an incredibl...
03/11/2023

This Event is run by others or in conjunction with GTM

Are you ready for a magical experience? We're hosting an incredible event where your little ones can learn magic and interact with some of the most fascinating creatures in the magical realm!

This is a unique opportunity for your children to explore their love for magic and learn from the best wizards in the business. They'll get to see magic in action, learn the secrets behind their favourite spells, and even practice their skills alongside other young wizards and witches.

Learn the secrets of making a feather float in mid-air, how to banish a pixie and more amazing magic plus each young wizard gets a wand to take home. Come as a muggle leave as a fully fledged wizard.



And that's not all! The event also features a magical creatures exhibit where your kids can meet creatures like fairies and dragons! They'll get to learn about these amazing creatures, ask questions, and get their photo taken with them.

So, if you want your little ones to have a truly magical experience, come and join us at the Children's School of Magic event. We guarantee it will be an experience they'll never forget! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity - book your tickets now!

Please note you are booking a 1 hour time slot.  Are you ready for a magical experience? We're hosting an incredible event wher...

02/11/2023

Tales from the Archive

This week's object: A sparking plug from 1910
Tales from the Archive
Head to our TikTok to see full video. Link in our Bio!





Today in History124 years agoOn the 2nd of November 1899, the first road fatality was registered in Brae of Nigg, Aberde...
02/11/2023

Today in History
124 years ago

On the 2nd of November 1899, the first road fatality was registered in Brae of Nigg, Aberdeen.

Engineer Frederick Lyell, working for Caledonian Motor Car Company was instructed to drive the car Frettenesso Castle to Aberdeen. He reached Manse of Nigg Hill, which was dangerous to cyclists and lost control, sadly leaving a widow of 28 years and two children behind.






⚙️  Heritage Skills: Classic Car Maintenance🗓️ When: Saturday, 18 November⛯ Where: Collection Centre at The Grampian Tra...
29/10/2023

⚙️ Heritage Skills: Classic Car Maintenance

🗓️ When: Saturday, 18 November
⛯ Where: Collection Centre at The Grampian Transport Museum
⏳ Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Do you love classic cars? Want a fun way of learning more about maintaining your classic car?

This course will be an introduction to maintenance for heritage vehicles. It is aimed at those interested in historic transport with only a basic knowledge of the skills and techniques involved.

Some of the things we will cover

1. How internal combustion engines work
2. Critical maintenance areas
3. Questions and answers

We will have practical demonstrations covering areas such as ignition timing and valve timing.

The course will be followed by a guided tour of historic vehicles in the Collection Centre with the opportunity to see under the bonnets not an opportunity for general visitors.

You never know, you might want to start a career in classic vehicle restoration industry!

Want to know more details about the course and book?

🎟 https://buff.ly/3MmiWXU





Thanks to The Press and Journal for sharing these photos from our past as we bring the 2023 season to a close after 40 y...
29/10/2023

Thanks to The Press and Journal for sharing these photos from our past as we bring the 2023 season to a close after 40 years of Grampian Transport Museum.

Can’t wait until we re-open in April 2024? We have a number of things happening over the next few months, maybe check out our Heritage Skills sessions or perhaps you’d rather visit Santa in December? Find out more here: https://www.gtm.org.uk/events/

Thank you to all of our visitors and members who have supported us this year. Stay tuned to find out what we have planned for you in 2024!

Today’s the day! 👻 Activities are included with museum entry, get your tickets here: https://www.gtm.org.uk/visit/openin...
28/10/2023

Today’s the day! 👻

Activities are included with museum entry, get your tickets here: https://www.gtm.org.uk/visit/opening-times-and-prices/

🎃 Get ready to have a spooktacular time this Halloween! Join us at GTM for a frightfully fun day of festivities.

🗓️ Date: Saturday, 28 October
⏳ Time: 12 PM

Our Dalek will be touring the museum on the day.
Come and enjoy the museum before we close for the season!







Morris Minor: 75th Anniversary! 🚗The Morris Minor was launched at the British Motor Show of 1948, which opened at Earl's...
27/10/2023

Morris Minor: 75th Anniversary! 🚗

The Morris Minor was launched at the British Motor Show of 1948, which opened at Earl's Court on October 27th. The British Motor Show of 1948 opened on October 27th at Earl's Court and attracted more than half a million people.

The car was made for 24 years, from 1948 to 1972, and by the end of it's production, 1.3 million had been sold. The Morris Minor went from an avante-garde family size car to the quaint icon of Britishness today. It never lost its characteristic shape or its small-car economy, despite going through three different phases of production.








🎊 A big shoutout to our amazing Young Engineers Team from GTM!Greenpower Education Trust is a UK-based charity which get...
26/10/2023

🎊 A big shoutout to our amazing Young Engineers Team from GTM!

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK-based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car in a number of age-based categories.

It was created to encourage pupils to develop their skills in STEM subjects but it does so much more. Not only have they developed their science and engineering skills, they have learned driving, strategy planning, team working, manage pressure and believe in their own ability.

The GTM Young Engineers Club has been involved in the Greenpower challenge for some years in the Formula 24 class for self-built 24volt electric powered single seat race cars. Each race is 90 minutes long with a minimum of 3 drivers, involving at least two pit stops, and the winner is the car which travels the furthest in that time.

Team leader at GTM is volunteer John Rahtz, whose engineering expertise has been vital at GTM believes that this initiative sparks interest of young people in the STEM curriculum subjects, as they can put theory into practice and enjoy the success of doing it well.

The museum supports with workshops and tools, the track on which they learn the driving skills. Without enthusiastic volunteer parents, the project could not happen.

This year's team includes seven drivers and two cars, ‘Spyder’ and ‘Merlin’. The driver/engineers are Rufus Turley (14), Fergus Dunbar (14), Harvey Pole (14), Edward Cormack (14) and Alexander Brodie (14), all from Aboyne Academy, Louden Rennie (14) from Alford Academy and Millie Pole (11) from Torphins Primary.

A series of videos on the Young Engineers is in development, so watch this space for more!

Want to join? Click the link for more information.
https://buff.ly/42eXIkz








Are you interested in heritage steam but have no idea where to start? 🚂⌚ 4th November 2023, 9.30am-4.30pm 📍 Grampian Tra...
25/10/2023

Are you interested in heritage steam but have no idea where to start? 🚂

⌚ 4th November 2023, 9.30am-4.30pm
📍 Grampian Transport Museum

Join us for an Introduction to Steam workshop, co-facilitated by GTM and the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club! We will cover everything from lighting up, boiler and water management through to fire disposal. There will be a mix of practical and classroom activity.

Tickets are FREE, but donations are gratefully received.

🎟 https://buff.ly/3Shd1ab

The museum is still open until Sunday 29th October, 10am-4pm!

🎃 Get ready to have a spooktacular time this Halloween! Join us at GTM for a frightfully fun day of festivities. 🗓️ Date...
24/10/2023

🎃 Get ready to have a spooktacular time this Halloween! Join us at GTM for a frightfully fun day of festivities.

🗓️ Date: Saturday, 28 October
⏳ Time: 12 PM

Our Dalek will be touring the museum on the day.
Come and enjoy the museum before we close for the season!







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Montgarrie Road
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Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
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https://www.gtm.org.uk/

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