RRS Discovery Conservation Project 2016-17

by Visit Dundee Volunteer in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th November 2016 we successfully raised £41,795 with 250 supporters in 35 days

Helping secure the future of RRS Discovery: Made in Dundee, Designed for Adventure

by Visit Dundee Volunteer in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

RRS Discovery's conservation and maintenance needs extend beyond our current mast and rigging project. Any overfunding we receive will go directly towards this work in helping secure Discovery for current and future generations to enjoy.

RRS Discovery needs your support so we can carry out essential conservation and preservation work that will help safeguard her future....

A little about this amazing ship....

The Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery is one of Britain's most important historic ships, and is registered as part of the UK's National Historic Fleet. She was one of the last wooden three-masted sailing ships to be built in Britain and is the only example of this type to survive, a unique record of Dundee's proud shipbuilding past, and renowned worldwide for her Antarctic exploration heritage.

Built in 1900 for Captain Robert Falcon Scott's first Antarctic expedition, the RRS Discovery was the first ship to be specifically designed for scientific research and for work in the polar regions, and incorporates a number of unique design features. In addition to the association with Captain Scott, Discovery's long career connects her with many other famous polar explorers and scientists such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Edward Wilson, Tom Crean, Sir Alister Hardy and Sir Douglas Mawson.

As her custodians, Dundee Heritage Trust always seeks to interpret and conserve the ship to the very highest standards to reflect this international importance. We now need to carry out essential repair and conservation work to a significant part of Discovery's overall rig, with major work required to her masts, spars and bowsprit along with the rigging. This work commences on the 31st October 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by June 2017.

What our visitors say....

We are proud to operate two five-star visitor attractions and accredited museums in Dundee. Here are just a few comments from visitors to Discovery Point:

"One of the best museums we've ever seen - certainly the best ship museum"

"Amazingly good experience which made the Antarctic come alive"

"Outstanding attraction not to be missed"

"An exhibition to be proud of"

Why we need your support....

Dundee Heritage Trust is a small independent charity that also operates Dundee's social history museum, Verdant Works. We start each year with less than 5% of our annual income coming from external subsidy and are reliant on the success of a range of fundraising activities in order to carry out major restoration and conservation projects. RRS Discovery is the largest object under our guardianship.

Identified as essential work in a recent survey of the ship, the total cost of this project is £350,000 - with the £40,000 we hope to raise through this campaign playing a very important part.

What we will use the funding for....

With work commencing on 31 October 2016 it will take up to a year to complete our project and are hopeful that this could be as soon as June 2017. Each phase of work will carry its own distinct costs to complete and we want to use the funding donated by you to reinstate the masts and rigging, to Discovery's original rigging plan, when the conservation phase has been completed....your support will literally help us put Discovery back together again!

An important part of Dundee's history we also want to play our part in her future success and your support will help establish Discovery as a striking jewel at the heart of Dundee's new Waterfront development.

What impact your funding will have....

We genuinely cannot overstate the importance of your support - you are helping us conserve a ship that is linked directly with the DNA of an incredible and dynamic city. As Dundee continues to evolve, your support will help ensure that RRS Discovery remains an important reminder of the city's past and a symbol of its ambitious future.

THANK YOU! From everyone at Dundee Heritage Trust.

This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 25% towards its fundraising target from Heritage Lottery Fund.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you for believing in our project! As a token of our thanks we will send you a postcard of the blueprint of Discovery's original rigging plan.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

During our planning we sent a drone up to film Discovery's masts and rigging. We will send you an A4 picture of the ship taken from this unique aerial perspective.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

As a very big thank you we would like to reward you by giving you a unique and awe-inspiring perspective of RRS Discovery. We will host a small number of guided tours down into Discovery's dry dock, complete with hard hats......and you are cordially invited. We will schedule these between July and August 2017.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Your support means a great deal to us. We will send you a 22 carat gold plated medal depicting RRS Discovery and containing information on her maiden voyage to the Antarctic.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Thank you for supporting our essential conservation work. As a reward we will send you an exclusive t-shirt commemorating our 2016-17 conservation project.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Thank you so much! We will send you your very own 10" plush "Emma" Penguin exclusive to Discovery Point.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Thank you for your donation. We will send you a limited edition hoodie to commemorate the 2016-17 conservation project.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Receive a 14" x 10" print of Harold Whitehead painting "Discovery in Winter Quarters, McMurdo Sound, 1902".

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Thank you for your donation, we will send you a limited edition 12'' x 18'' print of 'The Discovery at Falmouth' depicted by Henry Scott Tuke

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

As a thank you, you will enjoy a guided VIP tour of Discovery followed by a drinks reception for up to 12 guests.

£3,000 or more

£3,000 Reward

Receive a Wardroom dinner on board Discovery for up to 12 guests. You will be joined by our project manager who will share the details of this important project with you.

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Reward

As a thank you, you will have the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting the Crow’s Nest on top of Discovery’s mainmast in the company of our specialist conservation team, and as a unique record of your ascent receive a specially-framed photograph including a genuine piece of Discovery’s timber.

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