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Fife Folk Museum @ the Bowhouse, St Monans, East Neuk

We are delighted to have been invited to attend the Bowhouse Heritage Market 13th/14th August along with our own story teller Sheila Kinninmonth.
On display we will have some curious, unusual and more familiar farm related objects from our extensive collection plus a range of books and other merchandise.
Do look out for us and call by for a chat, we will be at the far end of the hall to the right hand side.
Check out the link below for more information.
https://www.bowhousefife.com/event/august-market-weekend/

100 Club August Winners and Newsletter

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club August Winners

August 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize       R. Colwell
2nd Prize     J. McManus
3rd Prize       S. Kinninmonth

Congratulations to all.
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
monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum,
the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or
telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE

The speaker at our August Monthly talk was Tony Quayle Access and Recreation
Manager for the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust. Tom gave a most interesting
talk about the Fife Pilgrim Way. Tom is originally from the Isle of Man but he has
lived all over the UK and overseas this in part due to a stint in the Army. He is a
relative newcomer to the area having started working with FCCT in the summer of
2021 based out of the Pitcairn centre in Glenrothes. As part of this role he has
oversight of our two long distance routes; the Fife Coastal Path and the Fife
Pilgrim Way. Tom manages a small team of Countryside Wardens who monitor
these paths as well as the beaches and other sites they manage, to ensure that
they are in good condition. They also engage with the public to ensure that
everyone is accessing the countryside responsibly.
Our Wooden Spoon Carving workshops led by Colin Harper continue to be very
popular and fill up quickly, the next will be held on Sunday the 7th of August. You
can book a place by calling 01334 828180 or email info@fifefolkmuseum.org.

TEAROOM UPDATE

The newly named ‘Bishops Bridge Tearoom’ is in the capable hands of Shari Hardwick and
Henry Pirie. This is not the couple’s first venture, along with their family they run the
successful and very popular Old Barn Coffee Shop in Auchtermuchty.
The tearoom logo featuring the Bishop Brig is taken from the original woodcut by local
artist Graham Bennison.
Customers are again enjoying the warm friendly welcome and delicious home baking they
had become accustomed to. A range of Vegan, Vegetarian and gluten free products are
available also plant milks. Our four legged friends are not forgotten, they can look forward
to their own doggie biscuits and canine ice cream.
The tearoom is open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday for further
information please check out www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom
‘Breakfast lunch and lots of cake’

The archive team at Fife Folk Museum are appealing for information regarding this unusual item and wondered if you could help identify its use and purpose. Any ideas?

Copies of the iconic woodcut ‘Bishop Brig’ by local artist Graham Bennison plus other examples of his work are now on sale at the Fife Folk Museum.

Bishops Bridge Tearoom opening event

Visitors enjoying breakfast lunch and lots of cake at the Bishops Bridge Tearoom on their first day.

Shari, Henry and youngest daughter Maddison at the official opening of the Bishops Bridge Tearoom at Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

The new look Bishops Bridge Tearoom

This photograph is credited to Damian Shields 'Bishops Bridge' on a sunny morning a view you can enjoy if you visit the museum and the grand opening of the Bishops Bridge tearoom today.

We are grateful to Mark Duncan from Springfield who has donated this splendid No. 25 Planet Jn. Hill and Drill seeder manufactured in Peoria USA in the 1930's. The seeder joins others already on display. After viewing the item visitors can enjoy refreshments in the Bishops Bridge Tearoom open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Breakfast Lunch and lots of cake.

‘Bishops Bridge Tearoom’

The Trustees of the Fife Folk Museum are pleased to announce the reopening
of their tearoom on Wednesday the 20 th July.
The newly named ‘Bishops Bridge Tearoom’ will be in the capable hands of
Shari Hardwick and Henry Pirie. This is not the couple’s first venture, along
with their family they run the successful and ever popular Old Barn Coffee
Shop in Auchtermuchty.
The tearoom logo featuring the Bishop Brig is taken from the original woodcut
by local artist Graham Bennison.
Customers can be assured of the warm friendly welcome and delicious home
baking they have been accustomed to. A range of Vegan, Vegetarian and
gluten free products will be available also plant milks. Our four legged friends
are not forgotten, they can look forward to their own doggie biscuits and
canine ice cream.
The tearoom will be open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday
for further information please check out www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom

‘Breakfast lunch and lots of cake’

100 CLUB WINNERS

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club July Winners

July 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize M. McSeveney
2nd Prize R. Wilson
3rd Prize D. Stewart
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE
The speaker at our July Monthly talk was Ruth Boreham who gave a most interesting and entertaining talk called My time as a researcher on the ‘Who do you think you are’ tv programme. Ruth’s talk was amusing and informative and greatly enjoyed by the audience. There are no places left at present for our August talk on the Fife Pilgrim Way but you can if you wish add your name to our cancellation list.
Our Wooden Spoon Carving workshops led by Colin Harper continue to be very popular and fill up quickly, the next will be held on Sunday the 7th of August. You can book a place by calling 01334 828180 or email info@fifefolkmuseum.org.

TEAROOM UPDATE
Details of the new management and the new name for the tearoom also the opening date will be announced shortly. Customers can be assured of the warm welcome and delicious home baking they have become accustomed to.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM CLOSURE

We were sorry to learn of Kate's decision to close the Harvest Mouse Tearoom earlier than intended. The Trustees would like to extend their grateful thanks to Kate and her team for all they have done and wish them all the very best for the future
Details of the reopening will be posted shortly.

Summer Fair

Some photos from our summer fair, today, Sunday 3rd July.
Our thanks to all who attended a supported the event and to our volunteers and trustees for all their hard work prior to and on the day

Photos from our popular spoon carving workshop, led by Colin Harper today Sunday 3rd July.
This workshop will run regularly on the first Sunday of each month during our open season, until October 2022. If interested please call the museum on 01334 828180 to book a place.

Some photos from our June spoon carving workshop with Colin Harper. This popular worksop is now fully booked for July, but places available for the event on 7th August. Call the museum on 01334 828180 to book your place.

Two visitors enjoying the comfort of the new seat that replaces the one in memory of June Johnson a Trustee and friend of the Folk Museum for many years

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club June Winners

June 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize R. Wilson
2nd Prize W. Rennie
3rd Prize R Colwell
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE
The speaker at our June Monthly talk was Richard Irvine who gave a most interesting and entertaining talk called ‘Verdant Works – The Dundee Textile Industry’
Richard, who hails from Arbroath, is a part-time lecturer with Fife College teaching the HNC Sustainable Resources Management programme to learners from across the UK. He is also a costumed guide at the Verdant Works in the guise of Mr Forrester the Works Manager.

The next monthly talk will be on Monday 4th July and will be

My time as a researcher on TV series " who do you think you are "
By Ruth Boreham.

Readers are reminded that numbers will be restricted so please book your place in advance. Likewise we will dispense with after talk refreshments for the time being.

Our Wooden Spoon Carving workshops led by Colin Harper continue to be very popular and fill up quickly, the next will be held on Sunday the 3rd of July. You can book your place by calling 01334 828180 or email info@fifefolkmuseum.org. The Harvest Mouse Tearoom can provide a special lunch box that will include a sandwich, cake and a drink for £5 bookable direct on 01334 828966.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE
Sadly the Harvest Mouse Tearoom will cease trading at the end of July, the trustees are in the process of interviewing a new lessee and will make an announcement as to their name also the new name of the tearoom in due course.
Our grateful thanks to Kate and her team, we wish them well for the future.
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Painter at work.

Visitors will notice that the museum has had a fresh coat of paint Our thanks to James Ashmall for his sterling work

Business opportunity

Sadly the Harvest Mouse Tearoom at the Fife Folk Museum will cease to operate from the end of July.
This presents an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic person or team to run this extremely popular tearoom in partnership with the Museum Trust.
Please contact the Chairman at info@fifefolkmuseum.org for further details.
Closing date for applications 3rd June 2022

Harvest Mouse Tearoom

Sadly the Harvest Mouse Tearoom at the Fife Folk Museum will cease to operate from the end of July.
This presents an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic person or team to run this extremely popular tearoom in partnership with the Museum Trust.
Please contact the Chairman at info@fifefolkmuseum.org for further details.

Victorian garden water barrow

Pictured is the latest addition to the museums outdoor collection. This splendid Victorian garden water barrow, donated by Dr Janet Tucker from Leuchars joins a growing array of period items displayed for our visitors interest and pleasure.

Two new items for our visitors to see, both expertly restored by David Farmer, planted out by our own gardenette Sheila Kelly.

spoon carving workshop

Reminder.
There are still a few spaces left on our very popular spoon carving workshop on Sunday 5th of June, instructed by Colin Harper. Phone the museum on 01334 828180 to book your place.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club May Winners

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club May Winners
1st Prize J. McManus
2nd Prize A. MacGregor
3rd Prize R. Colwell
Congratulations to all.
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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM – MAY MONTHLY TALK

The May Fife Folk Museum monthly talk was given to a full house by Joe Fitzpatrick Chair of the Falkland Stewardship Trust which is responsible for many aspects of the Falkland Estate. He is the Trust Board’s Archaeology Lead and has been actively involved in study and excavation for a number of years and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
The title of his talk was ‘East Lomond – A Seat of Power. Joe gave a most informative and pictorial history of the East Lomond and those who called it their own.
The audience was regaled with details of the 2017 excavation which was featured on the BBC Digging for Britain programme in December of that year. Prof. Alice Roberts hosted the programme and interviewed Joe and the late Dr Oliver O’Grady about their work and findings.
The next talk will be held at the museum on Monday 6th of June. Our speaker that evening will be Richard Irvine whose talk is titled ‘Verdant Works – The Dundee textile industry’. Places are limited so booking is recommended on 01334 – 828180 or info@fifefolkmuseum.org.

Regular visitors may notice some additions to our outdoor displays.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club April Winners

April 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize D. Stewart
2nd Prize W. Rennie
3rd Prize W. McManus
Congratulations to all.
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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.
MUSEUM UPDATE
Readers are reminded that the first of our monthly talks begins on May the 2nd when the speaker will be Joe Fitzpatrick whose talk is titled ‘East Lomond – an Ancient Seat of Power’. A donation of £3 towards the upkeep of the museum would be appreciated.
Due to the after effects of Covid numbers will be restricted so please book your place in advance. Likewise we will dispense with after talk refreshments.
Our Wooden Spoon Carving workshop led by Colin Harper and held on Sunday 3rd proved to be a great success. We intend, numbers permitting, to hold one session per month on the first Sunday up until October. Colin will provide wood, tools and safety gloves for each attendee. The cost is £15 payable upon booking. The Harvest Mouse Tearoom can provide a special lunch box that will include a sandwich, cake and a drink for £5 bookable direct on 01334 828966.
HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE
Kate and her team continue to provide amazing cakes, breakfasts, light meals and refreshments to a growing band of regular customers, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/
www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Spoon Carving Workshop

Today saw the first of our monthly wooden spoon carving workshops led by Colin Harper from Comrie.  The seven who attended had a great time and left with their own hand crafted spoon. Spaces are available for the May and subsequent workshops priced at £15 per person , payable beforehand, please phone 01334 828180 or email info@fifefolkmuseum.org to book your place.

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM OFFICIAL OPENING

 

On Friday April 1st the Trustees of the Fife Folk Museum were delighted to welcome Mr Patrick Playfair from Kelso, grandson of founder members Jack and Marjory, to formally open the museum for the 2022 season.

In 2020 Patrick along with his sister Elizabeth and brother Edward offered the Trustees a collection of beautiful items belonging to the Playfair family. Many of these items are included in the splendid ‘Playfair Collection’ a feature of this year’s exhibition.

Spoon - Carving Workshop

Though places for the Spoon Carving Workshop this Sunday April 3rd are now all taken, bookings can be made for the the next one to be held on Sunday May the 1st. Book early to reserve your place and avoid disappointment. These workshops are proving ideal for friends to have fun together. Everyone goes home with their own hand carved spoon as a memento.

Fife Heritage and Family History Fair

Sheila and Margaret manning the Fife folk museum stall at the Fife Heritage and Family History Fair at the Corn Exchange Cupar today, 19th March 2022

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club March Winners

 

March 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize       S. Kelly
2nd Prize     J. McManus
3rd Prize       W. McManus

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE

Following our reopening on Friday 1st of April, we are pleased to announce the commencement of our monthly talks on the first Monday of the month from May the 2nd when the speaker will be Joe Fitzpatrick whose talk is titled ‘East Lomond – an Ancient Seat of Power’. A donation of £3 towards the upkeep of the museum would be appreciated.
Due to the after effects of Covid numbers will be restricted so please book your place in advance. Likewise we will dispense with after talk refreshments.
Our previous Wooden Spoon Carving workshops led by Colin Harper have been a great success. In view of this we intend, numbers permitting, to hold one session per month on the first Sunday. Colin will provide wood, tools and safety gloves for each attendee. The cost is £15 payable upon booking. The Harvest Mouse Tearoom can provide a special lunch box that will include a sandwich, cake and a drink for £5 bookable direct on 01334 828966.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

Kate and her team continue to provide amazing cakes, light meals and refreshments to a growing band of regular customers, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Grand Reopening

On the first of April the museum will reopen for the season.

 

Fife Family History Society's Heritage & Fife Family History Fair

The Fife Folk Museum will be taking part in the Fife Family History Society's Heritage & Fife Family History Fair Saturday 19th March 2022 at the Cupar Corn Exchange 9.00 am to 3.30 pm hope to see you there.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club February Winners

February 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize       W, McManus

2nd Prize     J. Van den berg

3rd Prize       P. Martin

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE

Though the museum is currently closed until the 1st of April this year, our volunteers are busy planning new and interesting exhibitions and workshops which will include the ever popular wooden spoon carving workshops with Colin Harper, dates for these will be published shortly.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

Kate and her team continue to provide amazing cakes, light meals and refreshments to a growing band of regular customers, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

wooden spoon carving workshops

The wooden spoon carving workshops held at the museum last year with Colin Harper, proved to be a great success, in view of this we propose to hold several more after the museum re opens in April. If you would be interested in taking part, please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org and we will forward you the dates once known. Pictured are some of last years participants.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club January Winners

January 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize       M. McSeveney
2nd Prize     D. Stewart
3rd Prize       C. Foote

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

MUSEUM UPDATE

Though the museum is currently closed until the 1st of April this year, our volunteers are busy planning new and interesting exhibitions and workshops which will include the ever popular wooden spoon carving with Colin Harper, dates for these will be published shortly.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

Kate and her team continue to provide amazing cakes, light meals and refreshments to a growing band of regular customers, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club December Winners

December 100 Club winners are:

 

1st Prize       S. Smith

2nd Prize      C. Foote

3rd Prize      A. Johnson

 

 

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. 

 

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

 

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

 

After a short well deserved break the Tearoom will be open from Wednesday 8th December, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

 

Racking our new storage containers

Some images from our Christmas Craft Fayre yesterday. Great time was had by all. Thanks to all who participated.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE

Preparations and decorations are well in hand for Sunday for the Christmas Craft Fayre, and this beautiful hand crafted quilt will be taking pride of place. See you on the day Santa will be on hand to welcome you all Ho Ho Ho !

Sheila Kelly

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Sheila Kelly, presented with a card, flowers and her favourite gin to mark her three years as co chair. The trustees and volunteers offer their thanks for her continued and dedicated service to the museum.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club November Winners

 

November 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize D. Stewart
2nd Prize S. Kelly
3rd Prize W. Rennie

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

Though the museum is now closed until April 2022, the Tearoom will remain open, for further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/
www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Some photos from our recent spoon carving workshop

halloween

A few photos from our children's Halloween Craft Day

Scottish Museums Day, Sunday 3rd October

What we like best at Fife Folk Museum is working with local children. Each year we link up with Ceres Primary School to create an exhibition in collaboration with our excellent Outreach Team who formulate the children’s ideas into true form.

This year is no exception, come along and enjoy their exhibition ‘Ceres in the Past – Buildings and Trades’

Also not to be missed on Thursday October 21st, is the ‘Children’s Halloween Craft Day. The event will include Story Telling – Pumpkin Carving – Paper crafts, limited places so book early to avoid disappointment.

By working with children at an early age we hope to introduce them to the interesting world of Museums so they learn that Museums are not stuffy and boring but really amazing and exciting places.

Visitors to the museum of late will have noticed that a painter has been at work.
Mr David Farmer a resident of Cupar has kindly offered to re paint the agricultural items on display at the front of the museum. David and John McManus undertook this same work a number of years ago.
The Trustees would like to acknowledge their appreciation of David’s excellent work and their gratitude for his kind offer.

Cupar Rotary Gathering

The Trustees of Fife Folk Museum we’re delighted to be invited to take a stall at the first ‘Cupar Rotary Gathering’ held last Sunday.

Pictured in no particular order are, Co-Chairs Sheila Kelly and Andrew Johnson, Past Co-Chair Margaret Cruickshank and Trustee Jan Drummond who helped to set up, man and take down the well laid out stall. Sales on the day were good and visitors took the opportunity to learn more about the museum, it’s work and volunteering.

Spoon Carving Workshop on Sunday 12th September

Some photos from our spoon carving workshop on Sunday 12th September. The participants enjoyed it so much most have rebooked for the next one on 24th October at 1100.
Anyone interested in this event should contact the museum, as there is now only one space left
Tel 01334 828180 email info@fifefolkmuseum.org

‘Fife Jaunt’

The link below will take you to a YouTube video produced by a local charity , Enable, that works with young adults, the intro explains all about it.
The idea was to create a ‘Fife Jaunt’ to promote visitor numbers to Falkland Palace, Fife Folk Museum and St Andrews. The Fife Folk Museum section begins approximately 6mins. in.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club September winners

September 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize       W. Rennie
2nd Prize     D. Stewart
3rd Prize       M. McSeveny

Congratulations to all.
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
monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum,
the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.
If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or
telephone 01334 828180 for details.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

The tearoom continues to be a great venue for friends to meet up, the place for
amazing cake and coffee in the morning, tea and fabulous cake in the afternoon,
not forgetting delicious light lunches. Vegans, vegetarians and those who require
gluten free items won’t be disappointed. Special occasions can catered for, please
contact Kate to discuss your individual requirements, you will not be disappointed.
For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on
01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/
www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club August Winners

August 100 Club winners are:

 

1st Prize       R. Colwell

2nd Prize      C. Foote

3rd Prize       J. Normand

 

 

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

 

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

 

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

 

Kate and her Kitchenettes are SUPER pleased to announce that as of Wednesday 11th the Tearoom will revert back to normal opening i.e. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday.  Kate sends grateful thanks to everyone for bearing with her over the last few weeks, your support and patience is much appreciated.

For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

 

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club July Winners

July 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize R. Colwell
2nd Prize P. Martin
3rd Prize J. Normand

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

For a short period of time, the tearoom will be open reduced hours and closed on Sunday. This step has been taken all be it reluctantly for family reasons, it is hoped to back to normal hours as soon as possible. The new opening times are Wednesday to Saturday 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
So as not to disappoint customers who regularly visit on a Sunday, there will be a selection of home baked cakes and self serve tea and coffee making facilities available, customers will be invited to place a donation for these in the ‘Honesty Box’ provided.
For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/
www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Storytelling

Lovely day at the storytelling event with Sheila Kinninmonth

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM SPOON CARVING WORKSHOP

The Fife Folk Museum held the first of this years ‘Spoon Carving’ workshops on Saturday 3rd July.

The course leader was Colin Harper a well known woodworker based at the well known Comrie Croft and Tearoom.

All of the six ladies who participated went home with a handmade spoon to their own design.

The workshops are always well attended, there are just a few places left for the one to held on Saturday August 14th, those wishing to book a place can do so by calling 01334 828180 or fifefolkmuseum.org without delay.

Summer Exhibition - Ceres in the past, buildings and trades

Some images from our summer exhibition in collaboration with the pupils of Ceres Primary schoo

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club June Winners

June 100 Club winners are:

 

1st Prize       P. Martin

2nd Prize      M. MacSeveney

3rd Prize       D. Stewart

 

 

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

 

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

 

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

 

The Harvest Mouse Tearoom continues to offer visitors a mouth watering selection of home baking, breakfasts, light lunches and teas not forgetting amazing homemade ‘Doggy Bites’. A takeaway service is also available. The dog friendly Tearoom is open from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday. For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

 

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club May Winners

May 100 Club winners are:

 

1st Prize       S. Smith

2nd Prize      J. McManus

3rd Prize       W. McManus

 

 

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

 

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

 

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

 

The Harvest Mouse Tearoom has now reopened, offering visitors both old and new a mouth watering selection of home baking, breakfast and light lunches. A takeaway service is also available. The dog friendly Tearoom is open from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday. For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

 

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM REOPENING 1st MAY 2021

The Trustees of the Fife Museum were delighted that Griselda Hill of Wemyss Ware Pottery Ceres, a long time supporter of the Fife Folk Museum, had accepted an invitation from the Trustees to officiate at the reopening of the Museum on Saturday 1st May.
Pictured left to right are, Andrew Johnson Co-Chair, Griselda Hill, Co-Chair Sheila Kelly, immediate past Co-Chair Margaret Cruickshank.
Shown enjoying refreshments in the Harvest Mouse Tearoom after the event are, left to right, Griselda, Margaret and Sheila.
The Museum is now open from Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 am to 4.00 pm last entry 3.30 pm. All Covid requirements are in place to ensure the safety of volunteers and visitors alike.

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM OPENING UPDATE

The Trustees and Volunteers have been very busy getting the Museum spic and span ready to welcome visitors to the re opening this weekend. We are delighted that Griselda Hill, a long time supporter of the museum, has kindly agreed to officiate.

Special thanks to Jan, Alison and the team for putting together a splendid selection of items produced by our talented volunteers plus an array of hand crafted items sourced from some of Fife’s accomplished craftswomen. Pilgrim Way memorabilia is also available.

Pictures attached to whet your appetite and to get you in the mood to ‘spend, spend, and spend’ we now take card payments so no excuses!

WELCOME BACK TO THE FIFE FOLK MUSEUM AND HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM

The Trustees of the Fife Folk Museum are delighted to announce the reopening of the Museum on Saturday 1st of May. The Museum will be open from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm daily Wednesday to Sunday. For further details please call the Museum on 01334 828180 or via our website www.fifefolkmuseum.org or email info@fifefolkmuseum.org.

The Harvest Mouse Tearoom, which has operated successfully for takeaways in recent months, will reopen fully on Wednesday the 28th of April between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday. Takeaways will still be available. For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/
The Museum and Tearoom teams look forward to welcoming customers and visitors old and new to an excellent exhibition and mouth watering selection of home baking and refreshments.
All current Covid precautions are in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
Pictured are tearoom team proprietor Kate and mum Tracy either side of Joint Chairperson Sheila Kelly.

April 100 Club winners

1st Prize       R. Honeyman

2nd Prize     D. Stuart

3rd Prize       M. MacSeveney

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

The Harvest Mouse Tearoom, which has operated successfully for takeaways in recent months, will reopen fully on Wednesday the 28th of April between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday. Takeaways will still be available. For further details or to make a reservation please call the Tearoom direct on 01334 828966 or via www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club March Winners

March 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize       P. Lennox

2nd Prize     A. Johnson

3rd Prize       D. Stewart

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

 

 

HARVEST MOUSE TEAROOM UPDATE

Takeaway coffee and cake will be available from 10am until 2pm, Fridays AND Saturdays!!

On top of this we will be offering Takeaway Afternoon Teas and Cake Boxes! 
Both will be available for collection OR delivery on Fridays and Saturdays.
Orders for these MUST be in by Thursday lunchtime.
As always gluten free and vegan options will be available.

We honestly can't thank everyone enough for their support!!

Please keep an eye on our social media for any changes and some very special Afternoon Teas coming soon. 01334 828966 for orders.

www.fifefolkmuseum.org/tearoom/

 

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club February Winners

 

February 100 Club winners are:

1st Prize       S. Kelly

2nd Prize     C. Foote

3rd Prize       M. Cruickshank

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. 

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club December Winners

December 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize R. Colwell
2nd Prize D. Stewart
3rd Prize A. Johnson

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly. Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

The Harvest Mouse Tearoom at the Museum opened officially on Wednesday 2nd December, it is a family affair run jointly by Kate Gill, Mum Tracy and Brother Liam. Kate aims to offer customers old and new the quality and standards they have been accustomed to, coupled with warm and friendly service. Judging by the favourable comments received thus far, she is achieving her aim. In addition, the tearoom is now dog friendly.

Further details can be found on the Tearoom Page or by telephoning 01334 828966 for reservations and enquiries.

FIFE FOLK MUSEUM CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sunday 29th November 2020
To help boost funds after a challenging year, Fife Folk Museum held a Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 29th November
The event, which was held in the newly named ‘Harvest Mouse Tearoom’, was attended by over a hundred visitors. Most of the items for sale had been hand made by the museum’s talented volunteers, their friends and supporters. The visitors were delighted with what was on offer and bought with enthusiasm.
The Harvest Mouse Tearoom, which opens officially on Wednesday 2nd December is a family affair run jointly by Kate Gill from the Gauldry and mum Tracy. Kate, who has been involved in the running of successful tearoom in Broughty Ferry for over four years, aims to offer customers old and new the quality and standard they have been accustomed to and would expect coupled, with warm and friendly service. Further details can be found on the Museum’s website www.fifefolkmuseum.org/ or by telephoning 01334 828966 for reservations and enquiries.

Harvest Mouse Tearoom
Opening 2nd Dec 2020

Mon &Tues - CLOSED
Wed to Sun -10 to 4
Breakfast served 10 to 11.30
Lunch served 12 to 3
*Takeaway Available *

Breakfast, Lunch, Homemade Cakes and Coffee.
Family run tearoom. Locally sourced produce.
Dog friendly.
For reservations please call: 01334 828966

Fife Folk Museum Christmas Fayre

100 club winners

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club Winners

November 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize       S. Kelly
2nd Prize     S. Smith
3rd Prize       R. Colwell

October 100 Club winners are:
1st Prize       J. Van den Berg
2nd Prize     R. Colwell
3rd Prize       P. Martin

Congratulations to all.
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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month.

If you would like to become a member please email info@fifefolkmuseum.org or telephone 01334 828180 for details.

Fife Folk Museum Christmas Fayre

Fife Folk Museum Christmas Craft Fayre

We are going ahead with our Christmas Fayre on Sunday in the new ‘Harvest Mouse Tearoom’ at the Museum.  Please come along and join us and meet Kate who will be offering tea, coffee and Christmas treats. Masks must be worn on entry to the Tearoom.

An ideal opportunity for some Christmas shopping - Ladies’ hand crocheted hats and scarves, tombola, handmade Christmas cards, stocking fillers, jewellery, second hand books, Christmas gifts and lots more!

Fife Folk Museum ad for tearoom

Fife Folk Museum Tearoom opportunity - position now filled

Thanks to all who applied for this post; the position is now filled and we look forward to opening the tearoom under new management soon. 
Fife Folk Museum is seeking an enthusiastic person or team to operate the popular tearoom at the museum in partnership with the Museum Trust. For further details please contact the chairperson info@fifefolkmuseum.org

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club September Winners

Winners of the September 100 Club draw are;

1st Prize - M. McSeveney
2nd Prize - M. McSeveney
3rd Prize - J. McManus

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club August Winners

Winners of the August 100Club draw are;

1st Prize - A. Johnson
2nd Prize - W. Harley
3rd Prize - M. McSeveney

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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The museum opened for the 2020 season on 1st August

On Saturday 1st August the museum opened its doors to the public with all the appropriate safety measures required by government guidelines, including a one way system round the museum. We hope you will enjoy this year’s new exhibits:- a Paisley Shawls exhibition which has been curated by Aleccia Socciarelli, a postgrad Masters student at St Andrews University and a Market Place display which features trades through the ages. The museum was opened for the 2020 season by Dave Rollo and  visitors and guests were entertained by piper Camerson Currie on bagpipes.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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2020 Museum Opening on 1st August

The Trustees and Volunteers at Fife Folk Museum are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our lovely Museum on 1st August at 10.30am till 3pm.  A one way system round the Museum will be in place along with all the appropriate safety measures required.   We hope you will enjoy this year’s new exhibits:- Paisley Shawls which has been curated by Aleccia Socciarelli who is a postgrad Masters student at St Andrews University and a Market Place which features trades through the ages.

Please contact info@fifefolkmuseum.org for further details

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st of August

 

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club July Winners

Winners of the July 100Club draw are;

1st Prize - S. Smith
2nd Prize - D. Stewart
3rd Prize - R. Colwell

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club June Winners

Winners of the June 100Club draw are;

1st Prize - P. Lennox
2nd Prize - J. Van den Berg
3rd Prize - W. Rennie

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club May Winners

Winners of the May 100Club draw are;

1st Prize - P. Lennox
2nd Prize - J. Van den Berg
3rd Prize - A. MacGregor

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club April Winners

Winners of the April 100Club draw are;

1st Prize  -  R. Colwell
2nd Prize -  J. McManus
3rd Prize  -  C. Foote

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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2020 Museum Opening delayed

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation the Trustees of Fife Folk Museum have decided that it is not prudent to open for the season on April 1st as publicised.

 

The Board will review the situation on a weekly basis and make a decision as to when they feel it is safe to do so, this may be July. The tearoom is closed until further notice.

We thank our regular visitors and volunteers for their support and understanding and look forward to seeing them again in the future once things return to normal.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club March Winners

Winners of the March 100Club draw are;

1st Prize. - A. MacGregor
2nd Prize - S. Kelly
3rd Prize - T. Foote

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club January Winners

Winners of the January 100Club draw are;

1st Prize. - J. Van den Berg
2nd Prize - J. Drummond
3rd Prize - S. Smith

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club December Winners

December 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize       M Cruikshank

2nd Prize        S Kelly

3rd Prize       T Foote

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Volunteers

Fife Folk Museum AGM

Fife Folk Museum AGM was held on 13th November 2019. The Joint Chairpersons Report, looking back over the last year’s successful displays and events, was read out.  In October this year we were delighted to welcome Alessia, a student at Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews, who was selected to take part in the Research of our collection of Paisley Shawls as her project for the 2019/20 Post-graduate Museum & Gallery Studies Course. Visitors numbers to the museum were up from 2364 last year to 3190 this year. A huge thanks was given to the Volunteers for all their hard work over the last season.
During the season both Wynne Harley and Kate Wilson stepped down from the FFM Trust we would like to thank them for their contribution to the Trust and are glad o say that they are still Volunteers as we would not like to lose the incredible knowledge they have in relation to the Museum.

Projects planned for next year are, Paisley Shawls which will be curated and displayed by our University Student, Alessia, an Exhibition of Arcade shops displaying a selection of Ironmongery, Optician, Grocers, Chemist, Haberdashery and Cobblers showcasing artefacts and much more. A huge thanks was given to the Volunteers for all their hard work over the last season.

Election of Office Bearers and Trustees:

  • The Joint Chairpersons, Margaret Cruickshank and Sheila Kelly were unanimously elected to continue for another year.
  • All existing 8 Trustees were unanimously re-elected.
  • A. Johnson was welcomed as a new Trustee at the meeting.

Posts Available to be Filled;

  • A further 2 Trustees
  • Membership Secretary
  • Additional Volunteers

Finally, The Joint Chairpersons would like to thank everyone for all their help, support and patience over the past year and hope that next year we will continue to help make a difference.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club November Winners

November 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize       A. MacGregor

2nd Prize        J. Van den Berg

3rd Prize        J. Drummond

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club October Winners

October 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize        J. Van den Berg

2nd Prize        P. Lennox

3rd Prize        R. Colwell

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club September Winners

Septembers 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize         R. Wilson

2nd Prize        W. Rennie

3rd Prize         J. Drummond

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum’s special visitor

Fife Folk Museum’ September Monday Talk

At the recent Fife Folk Museum’s September “Monday Night Talk” Brian Murray, Trustee of Cupar Museum and Heritage Centre, gave a most interesting and informative talk on the subject of “The disappearing Mansions of North East Fife”.

The audience of over fifty people were first warned by Brain to exercise great care when visiting old and abandoned houses , and that houses and gardens are lock-fast property under Scots Law and permission should be obtained before going on site. Secondly, some of them are still standing ruins and they are dangerous because stonework may fall off at any time.

The talk commenced with the history of why we need houses for protection, probably, from danger and weather starting with the Iron Age fort on East Lomond which was either settled on or used as a refuge from danger. As there is a lack of an adequate water supply, it would have been a refuge. Tarvit Tower was a progression from this followed by Lordscairnie Castle on the Moonzie Road. This was a substantial L-shaped four storey castle which had an enclosure around it, sheltering a small community. As horses were the only transport on land, there were stables and a smiddy/armoury. There would have been a water mill close at hand to grind the corn for flour and a bakehouse for bread etc. Lean-to buildings were used to accommodate most of the staff outside. There was usually a well inside the castle which was not necessarily used for drinking but supplying the brewhouse inside the enclosure. “Small beer” was brewed as the lack of adequate sewage provision made drinking stream or pond water life threatening. The beer was made from boiled water so it was safe to drink!

Brian went on to talk about Struthers Castletwo miles west of Ceres and several other important sites in and around the area.

After numerous questions from an attentive audience, the vote of thanks was given by Joint Chairperson Margaret Cruickshank.

The final talk of the season takes place on Monday October 7th at 7 pmwhen Jo Hambly will talk on Archaeology and Coastal erosion on the coast of Fife.

 

Fife Folk Museum’s special visitor

A special visitor to Fife Folk Museum Corn Dollies and Harvest exhibition

Volunteers at the Fife Folk Museum were delighted when Anne Watson, widow of the late Bill Watson, paid a visit. Bill Watson had made most of the Dollies that make up the summer exhibition.

Born at Johnston farm, Newburgh in the 1930s, Bill worked as a shepherd, breeding, showing and judging Border Leicester sheep at the highest levels in Scotland.

Bill learned the craft of Corn Dollies from an elderly cattleman on the farm where he lived.  Over the years he perfected the art and held classes to instruct younger generations in the dying art.

Included in the collection are pieces made to commemoratespecial events.  The Royal Coach and Horses and Coronation Crown on display were made to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Some of the pieces on display Bill donated several years ago, and following his death earlier this year, in accordance with his wishes, his family kindly added many more to the museum’s collection.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club August Winners

August’s 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize         T. Foote

2nd Prize        R. Colwell

3rd Prize         W. Harley

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum Monday Talks - change to September’s talk.

Note that there has been a change to the SeptemberTalk. This will now be a talk entitled “Disappearing Mansions in Fife”, given by Brain Murray.

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Fife Folk Museum July talk

Tom Davison, a Ceres Resident, was the Speaker at a well–attended meeting of Fife Folk Museum’s Talks Programme on Monday 1st July 2019.

His subject was the history of Sutherland House in Ceres which has performed several functions since its construction and opening in 1872. The original benefactor was Alexander Adamson an astute businessman with strong concerns for the health and welfare of local people. The first patients were admitted to the house in Ceres in 1872.   However, it proved to be an expensive  proposition costing £420 per year to run. Alexander Adamson died in 1876 and his will revealed bequests to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and hospitals in Dundee. Moneys from his estate eventually contributed to the establishing of the Cottage Hospital in Cupar which bears his name.

The hospital in Ceres became an isolation hospital during a smallpox outbreak in 1897.  After this time, it became a holiday Home for children from Leith run by an Edinburgh charitable enterprise.  Negotiations for the purchase were long and involved, and a great deal of money was required to re-fit and re-furbish it for the new arrangement. It accommodated 50 children at a time.   Again it was costly to run and eventually it was taken over by the Edinburgh Education Authority who expanded it to accommodate 140 children at a time.  Strangely, it was eventually deemed to be too popular and closed in 1931.

During World War I and World War II, the house was requisitioned as a military hospital and Convalescent Home for Servicemen. From 1915-1919, it had 40 beds staffed by VAD Nurses and governed by the Red Cross. The Matron, a Miss Douglas, later qualified as a doctor and became the first lady General Practitioner in St Sndrews.

In 1947, a local rail crash included a Mr Alwyn Frederick among the fatal casualities. He was involved with a charity which helped blind people to cope with their disability. Money from his estate purchased the house which was re-named Alwyn House in his memory.  It eventually closed in 1993 due to lack of funds and altered plans from the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

The house was up for sale again and this time was purchased by a developer who re-named it Sutherland House and converted it into five apartments as it is today.

The next Talk will be held on Monday 5th August 2019 and will be given by Ruth Boreham whose subject will nbe the Women’s Land Army.  Admission is free but donations ar encouraged.  Tea and coffee are served after the Talk. All welcome.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club July Winners

July’s 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize         D. Crawford

2nd Prize        R. Colwell

3rd Prize         A. MacGregor

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club June Winners

June’s 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize  A. MacGregor

2nd Prize  P. Martin

3rd Prize R. Colwell

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

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Cupar Muir Sawmill Exhibition

New exhibition from 5th June called “Pit Props, Pallets and Tattie Boxes” coming to Fife FolkMuseum. This exhibition follows the story of R. M. Law’s Cupar Muir Sawmill.

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Fife Folk Museum 100 Club May Winners

May's 100 Club winners are;

1st Prize  T. Foote

2nd Prize  M. McSeveney

3rd Prize  S.Smith

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum Monday Talks

Fife Folk Museum Monday Talks; May Talk - Scotland’s Wealth of Languages and Cultures

Fife Folk Museum’s Programme of Talks began on Monday 6th May when Bob Scott spoke on “Scotland’s Wealth of Languages and Cultures”. This was a fascinating and wide-ranging survey of very early Scottish history when the country was populated by Gaels, Picts, Britons and Angles, all groups with their own languages and cultures. Bob commented on the present-day emphasis placed on the Gaelic language where present-day place names appear on road signs with Gaelic translations often in areas where Gaelic was never spoken. The Scottish Government have added the word ’Poileas’; to Police vehicles This word does not appear in modern Gaelic dictionaries so one must assume that it is a made-up word. Bob has himself a smattering of Gaelic assimilated as a child during long summer holidays on Iona where his grandmother rented a cottage. At that time the adult population of Iona were entirely Gaelic–speaking though that did not include the children.

He then described the Pictish people who were at one time to be found in the Northern Isles, Caithness, Grampian, Fife and Perthshire, the overlords under their King Brude, of the area which became known as Argyll today. This area was the site of the Kingdom of Dalriada established by Irish incomers. The most notable of them was Columba whose main base, a church, was established on Iona. Columba travelled extensively and is credited with converting the Pictish King to Christianity.

Besides the Gaels and the Picts, there were the Britons who arrived about 460AD from France and colonised Cumbria, the Border country and as far north as Strathclyde where they set up a kingdom at what is now Dumbarton. Their territory extended to the north end of Loch Lomond. Their language was akin to Welsh so that names in South Scotland such as Lanark are of Welsh derivation.

Records of the clans date from the 12th century. Clan Donald is among the oldest. Both the east and west coasts suffered attacks from the Norsemen. There was constant armed conflict between the Gaels and the Vikings. Many place names indicate their Viking heritage e.g. Stornoway, Wick, Dingwall and Eriskay.

Bob concluded his talk stating that in the 1700s only 27% of the population spoke Gaelic, today only 1% are speakers. Scotland’s languages derive from so many sources , he agrees that it is good to preserve Gaelic but not as a political tool.

The next talk will be held on 3rd June 2019 when Andrew Johnson will talk on “Stone Mason’s Marks” at 7pm in the Museum Visitor Centre. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the talk. All welcome .  No admission charge but donations are encouraged.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club April Winners

April’s  100 Club winners are;

1st Prize  D. Crawford

2nd Prize  J. Van den Berg

3rd Prize  T. Foote

Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum Monday Talks

Fife Folk Museum Monday Talks coming soon

The popular monthly Monday talks will be back, starting on Monday 6th May with a talk by Robert Scott called “Scotland - a land of languages and culture”. Tea or coffee and biscuits are provided after the talks.  More information about this year’s talks coming soon. The talks are free to attend but a donation of £3 towards the upkeep of the museum is much appreciated.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club March Winners

The March FFM 100 Club winners are as follows:-

1st Prize   -   P. Lennox
2nd Prize  -   W. Rennie
3rd Prize   -   M. McSeveney
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum opening soon for 2019 season

Not long to go now until the museum opens for the 2019 season on Wednesday 3rd April. There has been an incredible amount of effort and work behind the scenes from the Volunteers over the closed period to make sure everything is ready for the new season.

We’ve lots of exciting and interesting exhibitions and activities planned for this year. To kick off the season we are holding an exhibition to accompany the official launch of Wynne Harley's book on the "History of Fife Folk Museum 50th Anniversary 1968 - 2018”.

There is also a new exhibition “Victorian Life in Costume” which follows the life, in costume, of a Victorian child from girlhood to widowhood. The exhibition was curated by our University student as her project. 

 

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club February Winners

The February FFM 100 Club Draw took place after the Volunteer Meeting on Monday 18th February, 2019. The winners are as follows:-

1st Prize   -   S.Smith
2nd Prize  -   S.Kelly
3rd Prize   -   D. Crawford
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Cupar Rotary Club present cheque to Fife Folk Museum

David Swankie, a Trustee from Fife Folk Museum, was presented with cheque from Rotary Club of Cupar for £266.88 recently, being FFM’s share of proceeds from the Santa Sleigh Ceres collection.

A group of volunteers from the museum accompanied the Santa Sleigh in Ceres,  collecting in the village on the night of 11th December 2018.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club January Winners

The January FFM 100 Club Draw took place after the Volunteer Meeting on Thursday 17th January, 2019. The winners are as follows:-

1st Prize   -    D. Crawford
2nd Prize  -    P. Martin
3rd Prize   -    J. Drummond
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum 100 Club Winners

The first FFM 100 Club Draw took place after the Trust Meeting on Wednesday 5th December, 2018. The winners are as follows:-

1st Prize   -    A. MacGregor
2nd Prize  -    R. Colwell
3rd Prize   -    R. Wilson
Congratulations to all.

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 monthly.  Half of the money raised from the 100 CLUB will support the museum, the other half is given out as First, Second and Third prizes each month. Download the pdf file to find out more.

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

History of Fife Folk Museum book now published and available to buy

The end of the museum’s open season this year, on 31st October marked the Museum’s 50th season in existence.  Previous Chairman, Wynne Harley, has written a newly published Anniversary Book entitled  “History of Fife Folk Museum 50th Anniversary 1968 - 2018” which documents the events of the Museum’s history since 1968.

The book draws on the museum’s own archives and photographic collection to document the ups and downs of running a museum, the projects and improvements to the buildings housing the museum and the people involved in shaping the museum’s direction over the years.

The book is on sale in the Museum at £5.00.  Phone and email orders are welcomed .  01334 828180 or info@fifefolkmuseum.org

Fife Folk Museum at the Corn Exchange

Fife Folk Museum’s 2018 AGM

Fife Folk Museum held its Annual General Meeting on 14th November 2018.  Margaret McSeveney had completed 3 years as Chair-person and had indicated that she was not available for re-election.  Margaret Cruickshank and Sheila Kelly were re-elected as joint Vice-chairmen and agreed to carry out the duties of a Chaiman as there was no proposal for this office.  This was approved unanimously.  Margaret McSeveney was thanked for her very successful period in office and presented with a bouquet of flowers and a voucher.  The current nine Trustees were re-elected en bloc.  In her Report, Margaret McSeveney emphasised the need for more volunteers and Trustees to ensure the efficient running of the Museum.

31st October had been the end of the Museum’s 50th season in existence.  Margaret McSeveney then called on Wynne Harley to introduce her newly published Anniversary Book.  This documents the events of the Museum’s history since 1968.  The book is on sale in the Museum at £5.00.

Fife Folk Museum at Blebo Craigs

Fife Folk Museum at Blebo Craigs Craft Bazaar

On Saturday 17th November Blebo Craigs held their first ever Craft Bazaar. Twelve local crafters filled the small village hall and the response from the public was wonderful. There was a constant stream of visitors keen to buy original Christmas gifts.

Fife Folk Museum took a table at the Bazaar and had a very successful day, making £115.10p for Museum funds. Items not sold on the day, which include many Christmas themed gifts, are now available in the Museum shop.

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!

some images from our summer exhibition in collaboration with the pupils of Ceres Primary school

Some images from our summer exhibition in collaboration with the pupils of Ceres Primary schoo

Sheila Kelly

Copies of the iconic woodcut ‘Bishop Brig’ by local artist Graham Bennison plus other examples of his work are now on sale at the Fife Folk Museum.

For news from previous seasons, go to the News Archive