FiFe Folk Museum News

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum’s Pottery Workshop

On Saturday October 6th, Fife Folk Museum held an all day pottery workshop in the Heritage Arts Hub with George Young from St Andrews Pottery. In the morning George demonstrated working on the pottery wheel, creating a teapot. He chose a teapot because of the many different elements involved in making it:

The main body, the lid, the spout and the handle, all of which require different techniques.

In the afternoon he invited the participants to have a go on the wheel. 14 very enthusiastic people, 12 adults & 2 children successfully made a small bowl each, which they were then able to take home with them.

The workshop was very well received by all who took part and they were very keen to come to another one. The Museum hopes to be able to do this, either over the winter or next season – this will be advertised on the museum website.


Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Kirkcaldy Naturalists’ Society visit to Fife Folk Museum

A lovely write-up from Kirkcaldy Naturlists’ Society who recently visited the museum and Craighall Den.

”After enjoying some delicious home baking at the Weigh House Café and a brief visit to the Museum itself, the main group left for the walk in Craighall Den.  Others stayed to examine more closely the wonderful collections on display.  There are three rooms and the Weigh House itself.  The Seymour Room currently has WW1 exhibits contributed by local people.  Particularly moving are the possessions of a young local man killed at the Somme, William Henderson.  The Cottage Room next door showed the home of a weaver’s family of the 1850s, where they cooked and ate, sleeping in a box bed in the corner.  Weaving and spinning tools were displayed and the fireplace was surrounded by pots and pans of the time. Handiwork for everyday use included a colourful patchwork quilt and a rag rug. As a contrast, on the other side of this room were cases displaying ‘Affluent Victoriana’ such as beadwork purses and bags, dainty shoes and parasols. The theme of the Peterkin Room, named after the co-founder of the Museum, is the ‘Swinging Sixties’ with colourful displays in four glass cases entitled At Home, Hobbies and Holidays, Fashion and School Days.

On two levels the Weigh House next door dates from 1673. Its other important functions were as Court House and Prison.  On display upstairs are examples of every kind of scale and measure including those used for liquids, food, heavy goods and land.  Downstairs is a holding cell for minor offenders and a large collection of tools used in the building trade. Across the road from the main museum is the Annexe and here there is a fascinating exhibition focusing on the importance of the working horse to the farm and to the community. At the rear is the Heritage Arts Hub, a generous space used for crafts, workshops and family activities. A visit is highly recommended.”

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum Wins Funding for Signage

Recently Fife Council held a “Let’s Thrive in Cupar” event in the Corn Exchange,  inviting local community groups to present their ideas to improve areas such as  emotional and physical health, wellbeing and isolation, which affect young and older people in and around Cupar. 

All the proposed projects submitted by organisations in the community were invited to the Corn Exchange to set up a stall, speak with people, then speak to a bigger, seated audience about their projects.  The chair of Fife Folk Museum Trust, Margaret McSeveney, spoke about how the museum was within easy reach of Cupar by walking ( via the ancient Moor Road route), cycling, bus and car.  Margaret also talked about volunteering at the museum and how this helps meet the needs of many different people including health issues, combating social isolation, making friendships, learning new skills, giving support, and she emphasised that it is much more than just a little museum in Ceres.  There are currently no signs in Cupar to indicate the museum’s existence or directing people to visit.  Margaret asked for four indicator road signs on the main roads in Cupar.  The members of the public then had to use three coloured tokens to vote, with each colour being of a different value.  It was a bit like Dragons Den!

The museum was delighted to come second out of nine entries and be awarded the £800 required for the signage. Fife Folk Museum looks forward to welcoming new visitors and new volunteers who can enjoy everything that the museum has to offer. 

Fife Folk Museum rag dolls

Fife Folk Museum Rag Doll Kits now available

A recent addition to the museum shop is our Rag Doll Kit with all you need to make your very own unique rag doll. Inspired by our collection of older dolls, these kits enable you to make a traditional style rag doll and contain patterns for simple clothing for your doll. Instructions and stuffing included. 

Visitors in costume

Exhibition of toys and games

For July and August we have an exhibition in the Seymour Room of much-loved toys and games from the museum collection. 

More dressing-up choices

This year our dressing-up box has been added to and as you can see, some of our visitors have been making very good use of the new costume options! We’ve a large range of sizes and styles for both children and adults to try on and transport themselves back into the past. The members of FifeDFAS (Fife Decorative & Fine Arts Society) Needlework Group made us some lovely clothes including shawls, pinnies, hats and cardigans. There is something for just about everyone!  

Many thanks to our vistors for allowing us to use their photograph.

Fife Folk Museum presentation of Wemyssware cat

Fife Folk Museum Opening event 2018

Over seventy invited guests attended the offical opening night of the 2018 season at Fife Folk Museum including Willie Rennie, Stephen Gethins, Tony Miklinski  and Griselda Hill from Wemyss Pottery.  There  were also representatives from Museums Galleries Scotland, St.Andrews University and the Communications Museum in Burntisland.

The chairperson Margaret McSeveney welcomed everyone to the event and talked about the various events and exhibitions for this season. The visitor numbers to the museum were much improved last year, but unfortunately the donations income didn't match the income from the charged entry the previous year and was short of £500.  The museum will continue with free entry for this season and it is hoped that the visitor donations will be sufficient to keep the museum open. The number of Volunteers and Trustees has fallen this year and it is very much hoped that these positions can be filled to ensure the ongoing success of the museum. 

Griselda Hill and Wynne Harley presented a gift of 'Goldie' a Wemyss Cat for our 50th anniversary celebrations. There are fifty daffodils painted on the cat. Goldie will be displayed in the cabinet in the Tearoom. 

 Fife Folk Museum opening 2018

FiFe Folk Museum 100 Club

New for 2018!  Would you like the chance to win some money?  Then join our 100 CLUB. The 100 CLUB raises valuable funds to help run the museum.  Entry costs are just £2 per month although you can have more than one entry if you wish and this will give you a chance to win in each one of our monthly draws. Draws take place in the Museum between the Volunteer meeting and the Trust meeting, alternatively.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as a First, Second and Third prizes.

Prize-winners will be notified by email and payment will be made directly to your bank account.  Membership can be taken out at any time of the year. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Opening for the 2018 season soon!

Fife Folk Museum opens for its 50th anniversary season on Sunday 1st April, with new exhibitions; The Swinging 60s, Working Horses of Fife, and Boneshakers to Butterchurns - a celebration of the museum's very first artefacts.

There's also our 1850’s cottage room, heritage trails and activities for adults and children, and the option to imprison yourself, friends or family in the cell of our historic Weigh House.

Fife Folk Museum is open from April to October, Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.45pm). Entry is free, but a donation to help maintain the museum is much appreciated. We hope to see you soon!

For news from previous seasons, go to the News Archive