A campaign to help conserve the historic ship RRS Discovery has been given an extra boost by Dundee City Council.

Following a highly successful public crowdfunding campaign that raised more than £40,000 in five weeks, Dundee Heritage Trust – which runs the famous Antarctic exploration ship as a visitor attraction – successfully applied for matching funding from the Council’s Common Good Fund.

Dundee City Council this week confirmed that Trust’s application for £40,000 has been successful. Dundee Heritage Trust launched the public appeal as part of a nine-month cleaning and repair project to the ship’s rigging and masts, which will cost £350,000 in total.

Lord Provost Bob Duncan said:

“Approving this request sends a strong signal that the local community is fully behind the efforts to repair and replace Discovery’s masts and rigging.

“Keeping this major attraction at the heart of our waterfront shipshape and ready for future generations of visitors to see and experience their heritage is an important part of Dundee.

“As the sole remaining survivor of Dundee’s long and proud wooden shipbuilding tradition, Discovery would be important enough, but add to that her adventures in the Antarctic and granting the funding request was something we had to do.”

Paul Jennings, executive director for Dundee Heritage Trust, said:

“We are delighted that our application to the Common Good Fund has been successful and Lord Provost Duncan’s comments underline what we learned from our crowdfunding campaign: that Dundee and Dundonians are proud of RRS Discovery and committed to ensuring that this local and national treasure is properly maintained and preserved for the future.”

Dundee Heritage Trust still welcomes contributions towards the overall cost of the £350,000 rigging project. Anyone wishing to support it should contact Brian Kelly, development officer for Dundee Heritage Trust, or Paul Jennings, executive director for Dundee Heritage Trust. Email Brian on dhtdevelopment@dundeeheritage.co.uk or Paul onpaul.jennings@dundeeheritage.co.uk or call 01382 309060.

For more information visit www.rrsdiscovery.com