Museum of Communication Burntisland

Museum of Communication Burntisland We mount themed exhibitions throughout the summer months, which are designed to stimulate, entertain and educate the public. Closed now until May 2018 when our new Exhibition will be unveiled.
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Operating as usual

Was walking in the grounds of the Kirkcaldy Galleries last week and came across this. Who knew?
13/10/2020

Was walking in the grounds of the Kirkcaldy Galleries last week and came across this. Who knew?

The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford
02/06/2020

The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

Today we continue bringing more of the RAF Museum collection to everyone at home, giving you inside access to our iconic aircraft at both London and Cosford.

The next aircraft in our 360 series and tying in with this week’s Hidden Heroes Week is the Sopwith F1 Camel, the type flown by Flying Officer Hardit Singh Malik of the Royal Flying Corps, on display in Hangar 2 at the RAF Museum London.

The Camel was the highest scoring fighter of World War One. This single-seat fighter took its name from the hump over the breeches of the two front machine guns; the nickname given it by one of the squadrons was rapidly adopted as the types' name.

The Camel saw extensive service in home defence, over the Western front, in the UK on training and test work until 1923 and in other countries up until 1928 - a remarkably long career for the time. This aircraft was held in the same high regard by those who fought in World War One as the Spitfire was for those involved in World War Two. With a superb fighting record, it is hardly surprising it was nicknamed "The King of the Air Fighters".

You can learn more about the Camel, including a full aircraft history and podcast on our website: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/sopwith-f1-camel/

Learn more about Flying Officer Hardit Singh Malik's story later today on our page.

11/05/2020

What am I?
Clue 1. What links Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” (1945) and The Rolling Stones “2000 Light Years from Home?

What was so special about these items?
11/05/2020

What was so special about these items?

The next time you are in Bermuda, I would recommend this great Museum.  Here, they talk about early signalling systems i...
04/05/2020

The next time you are in Bermuda, I would recommend this great Museum. Here, they talk about early signalling systems in the Island.

Communication is very important, especially when you are isolated on an island or onboard a ship. But how would you communicate if you did not have a phone or computer, or if the person you were trying to talk to spoke a different language?

Before the advent of the radio, computers or cell phones, Signal Stations were erected on the highest hills in Bermuda and they played an essential role in Island and maritime communication and vessel traffic surveillance. Take a tour of our online exhibit Signal Stations and Signalling to learn more: https://nmb.bm/onlineexhibits/ #athomewithhistory #signalstations #signalflags #communication

And so, another picture quiz, this one somewhat related to the Murray Optical Telegraph.  #MuseumFromHome
30/04/2020

And so, another picture quiz, this one somewhat related to the Murray Optical Telegraph. #MuseumFromHome

As discussed on #MuseumFromHome this morning on BBC Arts
30/04/2020

As discussed on #MuseumFromHome this morning on BBC Arts

29/04/2020

Tomorrow, April 30, the BBC is hosting a whole day of content on social media, TV and radio dedicated to UK's museums. All this via the BBC Arts website.
We hope you will tune in and hopefully we'll see some items from our collection. 😄 #MuseumFromHome

Our Quiz resumes!  Please tell me what this is.  #MuseumFromHome
28/04/2020

Our Quiz resumes! Please tell me what this is. #MuseumFromHome

How about this one?
21/04/2020

How about this one?

OK, a bit different today.  Yes, it's a television, but what can you tell me about the manufacturer?  I've covered up th...
20/04/2020

OK, a bit different today. Yes, it's a television, but what can you tell me about the manufacturer? I've covered up the logo. 🙂 And you probably won't find it on the mocft website as it is a photo I took. 🙃

I've shown quite a a bit of this item, so you should be able to say what this equipment is.
18/04/2020

I've shown quite a a bit of this item, so you should be able to say what this equipment is.

Who can recognise this?
17/04/2020

Who can recognise this?

OK,  Back to the Quiz.  Someone, tell me what this is, please.
14/04/2020

OK, Back to the Quiz. Someone, tell me what this is, please.

And now for something completely different.  A Wordsearch!
14/04/2020

And now for something completely different. A Wordsearch!

I think you'll find this photograph a bit more obscure.  Maybe, maybe not.
13/04/2020

I think you'll find this photograph a bit more obscure. Maybe, maybe not.

Can anyone tell me what this is?  We'll start with an easy one, but they will become more obscure as we go on.  All item...
12/04/2020

Can anyone tell me what this is? We'll start with an easy one, but they will become more obscure as we go on. All items can be found on our web page www.mocft.co.uk

Regretfully,
18/03/2020

Regretfully,

07/03/2020

Due to the rapidly escalating risk of infection with coronavirus, we have decided to cancel the Goudie Lecture by Terry Martini-Yates that was due to take place on Saturday 14 March 2020. We realise this may be disappointing, but we feel the safety of all concerned has to take priority. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We have not taken this decision lightly and we hope you will appreciate the reasoning behind it.

The rest of the lecture programme will be suspended until this threat has receded and we may have to review the opening date of our exhibition. We hope to be able to host Terry's lecture in the second half of the year, depending on how this virus spreads.

Thanks for sharing, Kingswood Hotel.  We appreciate your comments.  ☺️
18/02/2020

Thanks for sharing, Kingswood Hotel. We appreciate your comments. ☺️

Kingswood Hotel Burntisland would like to give a BIG shout out for The Museum of Communication Burntisland for volunteers.for this interesting project.

The museum houses a worthy study and collection of preserved and displayed items that tell the story of communication from pre-electric telegraph to the latest state-of-the-art technology. There is a purpose built radio room using equipment from the collection and a new exhibition every year.

Some dates for your diary ...
18/02/2020

Some dates for your diary ...

09/02/2020

We now have a "FULL HOUSE" for Saturday's lecture 'Island Gems of the Forth' by Ian Archibald!

As from 15:30 today (Sunday 9 February), we've been unable to take further bookings.

However, Ian has indicated that he'd be willing to repeat the Talk, if there are many more requests.

If you've been fortunate enough to secure a place, we look forward to welcoming you to the Lecture on Saturday.

30/01/2020

Another of our volunteers, Andrew Burnett speaks about his painting marking the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation. #MuseumFromHome

29/01/2020
Knitting for Premature Babies

Maggie Muir tells more about her knitting, this time how it benefitted premature babies. Also, details of the Museum's Open Day in February 2020.

Following our Lecture/Lunch on Saturday, why not stay in Burntisland to attend the Christmas Market?  We'll be open from...
03/12/2019

Following our Lecture/Lunch on Saturday, why not stay in Burntisland to attend the Christmas Market? We'll be open from 4:00pm till 6:00pm. This will be your last chance to see our 2019 Exhibition before we start dismantling it, and get ready for our new one.

Our Next Lecture
08/11/2019

Our Next Lecture

Communication meets Music.  We are delighted to welcome Mackie & Me on Saturday October 19th at 7:30pm.  You won't want ...
08/10/2019

Communication meets Music. We are delighted to welcome Mackie & Me on Saturday October 19th at 7:30pm. You won't want to miss out on this special evening.

A joint lecture with Lothians Radio Society on Wednesday 25th September.
24/09/2019

A joint lecture with Lothians Radio Society on Wednesday 25th September.

Nice wee mention of our Museum.
08/08/2019

Nice wee mention of our Museum.

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Will you be open to the public in April? You could be my first museum 500 miles into a 2500 mile trip.
Merry Christmas to you and a question, please: Is there anybody there on 27 december 2107? We are on holiday in Edinburgh (till 28 december) and would like to visit your interesting museum. Best regards, Anja.