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Museum “end of season” event

At the recent event held to mark the end of the museum’s open season for 2017, the Chair, Margaret McSeveney, gave the following short speech;

“Thank you all very much for coming along this evening and it is very nice to see so many here at our closing event for the season. I would also like to thank all our members for their continued and valuable support to Fife Folk Museum. Thank you also to all our Volunteers and Trustees for their invaluable work, dedication and commitment to ensuring we have a very nice ‘little gem of a museum’ within Ceres. A big thank you also to Joanna, DM and Jan Hendry HAH Coordinator for their valued skills and work in helping to make the museum a success.

2017 has been a very busy year for us with the amount of Visitors totalling approximately 2,900 compared to 1800 last year. Unfortunately our income from dropping the admission charges this year has not reached the amount of money we took in when we did charge visitors for entry. However to continue in this way will require some serious thinking by the Trust about free entry for the future as our running costs for the Museum are approximately £1600 per month. We would love to remain free entry for all, but do need the donations to increase, to ensure we remain free entry.

There have been 4 exhibitions in the Seymour Room this year, including Things We Love, Fixing the Beam, Traditional and Contemporary Rag Rugs and the final one being Robert Home; Life, Work and Friendship. He was an artist who lived and worked in Ceres at the turn of the 19 century and a very fine artist he was.

The Cottage Room has been displaying life as it would have been in the 1850’s and to contrast this with the Peterkin Room, which has been exhibiting life in the 1950’s. Quite a contrast as you will see. Thank goodness for life now though, with our washing machines, tumble driers and smart TV’s!

Our Monday Evening Talks this year have been well attended again with a variety of subjects and these being Struthers Castle by Robert Scott; Lindores Abbey & Distillery by Drew McKenzie-Smith; The Jacobites by Bruce Lenman; Wemyss Caves by Mike Arrowsmith; Wemyss Ware by Griselda Hill; and finally Tentsmuir in History by Robert Crawford. Monday Evening Talks will happen in 2018 and are in the planning stage at the moment. Keep looking on the Museums website for further information and hope to see you coming along.

I will close now and please feel free to enjoy our nibbles supplied by the Weigh House Tearoom and a little of our liquid refreshments.


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FFM talk by Professor Robert Crawford, Monday 2nd October 2017

Tentsmuir in History
Professor Robert Crawford led a capacity audience through a fascinating account of “Tentsmuir in History” from the earliest time to the present day, looking at the environment, the wildlife, the plant life and the changing coastlines and contours. His vast knowledge of the area gripped the audience’s attention throughout and prompted many questions after the talk. Beginning away back in Mesolithic times, evidence has emerged of habitation with interesting connections to Norway. This intriguing detail was understood when Robert explained that at that time the North Sea didn’t exist so Norway was accessible through Doggerland. Eventually a huge tsunami altered the map to today’s appearance cutting access to Norway on dry land. Tentsmuir was a royal hunting forest in the times of James V and VI. The De Quincy family who owned land and property at Leuchars and had connections to St Athernase Church came into the story as did Winston Churchill and General Sikorski. From this wealth of historical facts, Robert moved on to describe the plant life, wild life and changing coastlines of Tentsmuir as a result of the action of winds and tides. This detailed and interesting account of an area so close by, inspired many of the audience to plan a visit to the area themselves. Following a question session from the audience, Dr Colin Martin gave a vote of thanks to finish the Museum’s season of Summer Evening Talks. The Fife Folk Museum Trust hope to offer another season of talks on topics of local and historic interest during the 2018 season.

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Tesco collection Cupar

if you are shopping in Tesco Cupar you can help the museum fund even more Bumbaleerie fun and games sessions by voting for us with your token. Available until the end of October. 

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Doors Open Day

Hearty thanks to all FFM volunteers and visitors who helped to make this year's Doors Open Day such a success. For once, the sun shone on our efforts! 59 visitors joined us for guided tours, dressing up and traditional street games. Great fun, and an excellent opportunity for guests to take a look at behind the scenes at the Museum.

Our thanks to Fife Council for continuing to support the Doors Open programme, and best wishes to all those who are opening their doors over the coming weekends. You can check out other places to explore across Scotland at:




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FFM talk by Griselda Hill, Monday 4th September

Griselda Hill gave a most interesting talk entitled “Wemyss Ware: a Living Tradition” in the Museum’s Summer Evening Talks for September. She took the audience through the whole history of Wemyss Ware from its beginnings in Robert Heron’s Pottery in Kirkcaldy. He had been inspired by ceramics seen in an exhibition while travelling in Europe. Karel Nekola from Bohemia joined Robert Heron in about 1882 and provided his own influence to the design of the pottery. Dora Wemyss was influential in encouraging her many society contacts to buy Wemyss Ware thereby increasing its fashionable status. Yet another influence was the work of Emil Galle, a French potter whose cat figures influenced the well-known and well-loved Wemyss cats. By the turn of the century, Wemyss Ware was available in a huge range of designs. The pottery was eventually situated in Devon and it was there that Esther Weekes worked with Karek Nekola learning many of the secrets of its successful techniques, painting and manufacture. It was at an exhibition in Devon under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, that Griselda met Esther and greatly benefitted from her inside knowledge of the Wemyss Ware style. As Griselda established the Wemyss Ware Pottery in Ceres, Esther often came to advise and encourage. As Ceres Wemyss Ware grew, Griselda created winning placques for the competitors in the Ceres Highland Games, special designs were created for the Millenium, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 80th birthday. Wemyss Ware also created a Referendum Mug displaying ‘Aye’ and ‘Nay’ to suit all viewpoints. Special cats were designed with a daffodil motif with a percentage of the sale going to the Marie Curie Cancer Charity. The National Trust for Scotland received a large bequest of Wemyss Ware which is on display at Hill of Tarvit House and the Museum of Edinburgh has a display of both original and today’s Wemyss Ware. John McManus gave the vote of thanks for a most detailed and fascinating account of a greatly valued local enterprise.

Celebrating "Things We Love"

Fife Folk Museum are delighted to have been chosen by Museums and Galleries Scotland as an example of good practice in producing an exhibition that focuses on and celebrates the contribution of volunteers.

The case study (click on thubnails to the left for full size image), written by MGS Marketing Officer Catriona Phillips, refers to our Things We Love Exhibition, which kicked off the Museum's 2017 season last April.

Our collection of Things We Love prints is now available for loan. These are 12 x 15cm foam board prints, and we can loan any number (up to 15) to other cultural or community venues. For more information contact Joanna van den Berg at

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FFM talk "Wemyss Caves" by Mike Arrowsmith, Monday 7th August

On Monday 7th August Mike Arrowsmith, Chairman of “Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society” came to the Museum Visitor Centre in Ceres to tell an interested audience about Wemyss Caves and the work that the “Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society” does to preserve and publicise them. The Society Members are all volunteers and act as guides for visitors to ensure their safety as they explore the caves. Mike described the position of the caves on the shore east of the village of East Wemyss. The four caves named Court, Doo, Well and Johnathan’s, are of great interest to archaeologists, geologists and historians. Three of them, Court, Well and Jonathan’s have Pictish and other carvings. The Doo Cave was used as a doocot with nesting boxes carved into its walls. Its use as a doocot provided food for the inhabitants of nearby MacDuff Castle, now in a ruinous state. Mike outlined the work of the Society volunteers and assured interested potential volunteers of a warm welcome. David Anderson, Secretary of the Society, accompanied Mike and brought along a selection of leaflets, booklets and fridge magnets which found a brisk market among the audience. Mike and David also reminded the audience that the Caves are open on the second Sunday of each month from April to September offering guided walks to the Caves and at other times by appointment and directed attention to their website at Professor John McManus gave the vote of thanks warmly supported by the enthusiastic audience.

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Ceres Lace Group visit the museum 5th August 2017

Ceres Lace Group visited Fife Folk Museum this summer for their two popular demo-days. More than thirty people visited the lacemakers during their recent visit on Saturday 5th August and some visitors had a go themselves. Many were in awe of their skills and patience!

The group meet every fortnight at Craigrothie Village Hall with a new session starting in the afternoon on Saturday 9th September. For further info about the group, contact


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FFM talk "The Jacobites" by Bruce Lenman, 3rd July 2017

Fife Folk Museum Trust hosted a well-attended talk on “The Jacobites” given by Professor Bruce Lenman, which cast their story in a completely new light. 1745 and Culloden commonly sum up this episode in history for most of us, memorably peopled by Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora Macdonald. Professor Lenman illustrated the whole vexed question of the Stewarts versus the Hanoverians from the earliest events in the seventeenth century in the time of William and Mary and Queen Anne to the failed endeavours of the eighteenth century when the Old Pretender so mismanaged events, along with his French supporters, that the 1715 rising ended with further flights to exile in France. As the Old Pretender did not relish any further attempts to assert his monarchical rights, this role fell to his two sons. Bonnie Prince Charlie carved his memorable role in history with no more success than his father had done and once again the attempt ended in failure. Professor Lenman also drew the audience’s attention to the part played by Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and other literary figures in romanticising the Jacobite activities in literature so that the several disparate events acquired attention and popular appeal perhaps out of proportion to reality. The audience was enthralled by an interesting, thought-provoking and detailed account of an intriguing era of history and Bill Pagan gave a very well-received vote of thanks.

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Donation from Fife Family History Society, June 2017

Fife Family History Society very kindly donated a £500 cheque to Fife Folk Museum Trust, on Tuesday 13 June on the occasion of their AGM. Margaret McSeveney thanked the Society very much for their very kind and generous gift, saying this is most welcome and will help with future planned projects. She asked those present to tap into the website to see when a variety of workshops will be happening e.g. crochet, rag rug making and drawing to name but a few. Two other Trustees from the Museum also attended the presentation, Fiona Ewen and David Marten.

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June 2017 Newsletter

Download a copy of the June newsletter here

FFM Newsletter June 17

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Bumbaleerie, 20th May 2017

Our Bumbaleerie event was a great success with fun and laughter for all ages. It was raining on the day, but did that stop us? Not at all... we just played indoors instead! We had all ages joining in; babies, children, parents and grandparents.
In fact, it was so much fun that we're thinking of having another Bumbaleerie day soon - keep a look out for the date and put in in your diary - not to be missed!

See the fun we had on the day here

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All change at Fife Folk Museum

The big news at Fife Folk Museum this year is admission to our unique collection will be free to visitors. With exciting new exhibits, revised opening times and the ever-popular Weighhouse Tearoom there’s never been a better time to plan your visit.

To open our 2017 season we have a photography exhibition by Caroline Trotter entitled “Things We Love”. Showcasing a fascinating insight into the life of Fife’s social, domestic and working lives, our volunteers are featured with their favourite objects.

With these exciting changes and other plans for the season ahead we are making our unique collection even more accessible and engaging to explore.

Museum opening hours are changing also. From 1st April to 31st October 2017, the Museum will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.45pm). If required, we can arrange to open for specific visitors on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Fife Folk Museum depends solely on volunteers and donations, so we encourage more people to volunteer and take part in Museum activities and events.

We look forward to seeing you in Ceres soon.

For more information call 01334 828180 or email

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Heritage arts hub- new activities and events coming soon

Keep an eye out for FFM's HERITAGE ARTS HUB, our exciting new programme of activities, workshops and events for young, not so young and all the family. More news on these as we draw closer to re-opening on April 1st. Meanwhile our thanks to The Robertson Trust and Young Start for supporting this new adventure.

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Volunteers wanted!

Time on your hands? Looking for a new interest or to pursue an existing one? Fife Folk Museum are looking for volunteers to greet visitors, help with retail and programming, act as guides for our collection and help to maintain our historic buildings.

To find out more have a look at the Volunteering section or contact Margaret McSeveney on 01334 828180, or email  

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Free Entry for 2017 season!

We're delighted to announce that Fife Folk Museum will have FREE ENTRY for all visitors throughout our 2017 season, which starts on Saturday 1st April. The Museum will be open from Wednesday to Sunday each week, from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

Group visits on Mondays and Tuesdays from April to October can also be arranged.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family, friends and fellow enthusiasts in April!

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Winter Closing, reopening Spring 2017

The museum is now closed for the winter; 1st November - 31st March. Reopening 1st April 2017 with new exhibitions. Look forward to seeing you then! 

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Hostess Whist Drive, Friday 3rd February 2017, 7pm, Fife Folk Museum

Tickets £4 (Hostess Free) 

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To book your place contact Ewen Allan on 01334 828 425

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Stovie Supper - all welcome!

Join us for a complementary Stovie Supper to round off the bidding on the fundraising auction at .

7.00pm, Saturday 29 October 2016 - Come and  join in all the fun of the Auction at the Museum with live bidding!

Pick up your free ticket for the Stovie Supper at Museum Reception! All welcome!

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Fife Folk Museum is looking for new Trustees

Building a future, treasuring the past...
We are a small and engaging Museum, run by an active team of volunteers, and with a wide-ranging collection of over 10,000 objects. Currently working to develop, update and ensure that our organisation has a bright, active and resilient future, we are now seeking new Trustees with financial, curatorial, management, marketing and/or IT skills.

Enthusiasm, good communication skills and experience of working in the voluntary sector especially welcome!

For further information or an application form, email Margaret McSeveney, Deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.

Wednesday 6th July 2016


The Seymour Room at Fife Folk Museum has been invaded by a new exhibition of beautiful, inspiring, and unique works of art, each with a special message. They are made by a “gang” of talented and enthusiastic individuals - The Woolly Tree Gang


The Gang came into being in 2012 when Tess Darwin created the Woolly Tree, a unique fibre-art project for the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland. She put out a call for volunteers to work together to knit and crochet pieces to cover a tree on the Big Tent festival site at Falkland Estate.

The Gang stayed together and started a new project with design inspiration from Tess and co-ordination from local artist Jan Hendry. Over eleven months the Gang created a beautiful multi-technique textile piece, the Living Lomonds Quilt.


In the years since their formation, The Gang have continued to contribute their time, skills and a lot WTG5of wool and fabric to community projects, often involving many other people on the way.


This special exhibition collects together work made by the Woolly Tree Gang in response to the heritage crafts they saw in Fife Folk Museum in 2014, as well as other personal work made over the years.



Find more information about the Gang and photos of their projects by clicking here.





Monday 4th July 2016



Victorian GirlWhy not give the young people in your life, the chance to experience a Victorian Schoolroom.

New activities include paper weaving, guess the object in our new "feely boxes" or even dress up like Victorian children.Dessing up

An ideal way to keep children occupied during the school holidays, and remember


(Children must be accompanied by an adult)





Sunday 3rd July 2016


A new book featuring two quilts from the Fife Folk Museum collection has just been published by well known textile expert and author Janet Rae. HerWarmCover-1 latest work, "Warm Covers– a Scottish Textile Story" is an exquisite, lavishly illustrated study of our lasting heritage. Weaving together the personal stories of quilt-makers with the industrial, social and artistic history found in quilts. "Warm Covers" is a treat for quilters and the curious alike.

Many know Janet from her visits to the Museum, but there will be an opportunity to meet her on Thursday 21st July at Topping and Company Booksellers, St Andrews when she will introduce and discuss her book and lead us on a journey through the rich textiles history of Scotland,