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Unicorn Preservation Society Unveils newly restored Port of Dundee Model

The Unicorn Preservation Society is working to protect and preserve HMS Unicorn for future generations to enjoy this incredible museum and piece of world history.

The Unicorn Preservation Society is delighted to announce that the restoration project of a Port Dundee Model has been complete and is now back onboard HMS Unicorn for visitors to enjoy. Built in 1945, this historic scale-model of the Port of Dundee is one of the ship’s collection highlights.

This restoration project was made possible by funding support from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Remedial Conservation Grant Scheme and supported by the Pilgrim Trust. The conservation work was carried out by Will Murray at The Scottish Conservation Studio, Hopetoun House. The model had sadly deteriorated over the past 75 years but has been restored to its original appearance and given a new protective covering.

The model shows the layout of Dundee’s waterfront with some iconic pieces from the city’s history including the Royal Arch and Earl Grey Dock. The unveiling was marked by a visit from two local Councillors, John Alexander and Mark Flynn. Councillor John Alexander said, "The restored model is an incredible reminder of how much the city's waterfront has changed but how some of our unique maritime treasures have remained an important part of the landscape - from HMS Unicorn & the North Carr Lightship to the RRS Discovery."

Councillor Mark Flynn added, "The Unicorn is an incredible asset to the city, and it was great to be able to get on board to discuss their ongoing work to preserve the ship and enhance the visitor experience. "It is a unique ship with a unique history and we're proud that she calls Dundee home. The staff and volunteers have done a tremendous job and I look forward to working with them to deliver on their ambitions for the future."

The model will help tell the Port of Dundee’s ever changing story as the Unicorn Preservation Society prepares for Project Safe Haven and how this major development project will shape the East Graving Dock, creating an impressive maritime heritage experience. Catherine Erskine, chair of the Unicorn Preservation Society said, “It is wonderful news that the model has been restored to its former glory and we are extremely grateful to AIM & the Pilgrim Trust for making this possible. The model will help to tell the story of Dundee’s historic waterfront and show how the city has changed over the last 75 years.”

Those looking to show their support for HMS Unicorn can become a Friend or Patron which allows you free admission for the year and a range of benefits. This support helps the Unicorn Preservation Society continue to tell the story of Dundee’s amazing maritime heritage.

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