Museum of Communication Burntisland

Museum of Communication Burntisland We mount themed exhibitions throughout the summer months, which are designed to stimulate, entertain
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We mount themed exhibitions throughout the summer months, which are designed to stimulate, entertain and educate the public.

30/09/2023

Congratulations to VRN and to MoC Member Mark Sadgrove.

02/07/2023
30/06/2023
26/09/2022

Last chance to see our 2022 Exhibition!

We close our doors on Wednesday 28th September.

Our next Goudie Lecture will be given by MoC Member Paul Mauchline at 11 am on Saturday 15 October 2022. From the 1960s ...
23/09/2022

Our next Goudie Lecture will be given by MoC Member Paul Mauchline at 11 am on Saturday 15 October 2022.

From the 1960s until today, synthesisers of all shapes and sizes have helped shape electronic music in one form or another. Whether it's a large modular system, a small desktop instrument or anything in between, musicians have used them to create unique sounds and textures. In this lecture, Paul Mauchline, an enthusiastic synthesiser amateur, will highlight some of the key moments in the history of this unique and sometimes controversial instrument.

It will be possible to attend the lecture in person at the Museum in Burntisland or online via Zoom. The Lecture will be followed by a buffet lunch for people attending in person.

Please note that advance booking is essential if you intend to come in person. Simply e-mail [email protected] to book.

We shall also have a Zoom link in place, so that Members and Supporters who aren't able to go to Burntisland can still join in.

Our next lecture is just a few days away ...Dr Tom Stevenson, Chair of the Museum of Communication Foundation Trust will...
23/07/2022

Our next lecture is just a few days away ...
Dr Tom Stevenson, Chair of the Museum of Communication Foundation Trust will give a lecture entitled 'The Hurricane of 1953 - A Tale of Two Ships'. Please see below for details.

The lecture will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 27 July at the Museum in Burntisland. It will be possible to attend in person or online via Zoom.

Please note that advance booking is essential if you intend to come in person. Simply e-mail [email protected] to book.

Members and Supporters who aren't able to go to Burntisland will be able to join by Zoom.

04/06/2022
GOUDIE LECTURE PROGRAMME 2022 Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme continues on Tuesday21 June with a lecture by John Black...
04/06/2022

GOUDIE LECTURE PROGRAMME 2022

Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme continues on Tuesday
21 June with a lecture by John Blackie of the Museum of Communication.

This will be our first ‘in-person’ lecture in Burntisland since February 2020. We also intend to have a Zoom link for our further-flung members and supporters.

In 2022, British broadcasting entered its centenary year, marking 100 years since the first experimental scheduled broad...
05/05/2022

In 2022, British broadcasting entered its centenary year, marking 100 years since the first experimental scheduled broadcasts were made in the UK. Scheduled broadcasting began at 2MT Writtle. Not long afterwards, 2LO was set up, making its first broadcast on 11th May 1922. On 14th November of that year, the British Broadcasting Company launched the first national radio broadcasting service. Four years later, the BBC became the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The Museum of Communication in Burntisland is marking important anniversaries in its 2022 exhibition, which is now open every Wednesday and Saturday until September, 11am to 4pm.

Admission is free - donations welcome.

Our next lecture ...
05/05/2022

Our next lecture ...

03/05/2022

In 2022, British broadcasting entered its centenary year, marking 100 years since the first experimental scheduled broadcasts were made in the UK and also the start of the BBC - the world’s oldest national broadcaster. The Museum of Communication in Burntisland is planning to mark these important anniversaries in its 2022 exhibition, which will run from May to September at the museum building located at No. 131 on Burntisland High Street.
Featuring a 100-year timeline running from 1922 to 2022, the exhibition will highlight famous radio and TV programmes, illustrated by items from the collection - crystal set radios, valve wirelesses, TV cameras, and will recall the great moments in broadcasting history, events of the day and other memorabilia. There will also be an exhibit covering Royal Broadcasting in this Platinum Jubilee year.
Everyone will be welcome to come in to see the exhibition - normally on Wednesdays and Saturdays over May to September. 11am to 4pm.

The Exhibition opens tomorrow, the 4th of May. Admission is free - Donations welcome.
The museum is a registered charity and is run by enthusiastic volunteers.

We welcome back James Gentles for our next lecture ...
29/03/2022

We welcome back James Gentles for our next lecture ...

Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme continues on Saturday 19 March with an intriguing lecture by our great friend, Dr Howi...
12/03/2022

Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme continues on Saturday 19 March with an intriguing lecture by our great friend, Dr Howie Firth of the Orkney International Science Festival.

Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme starts on Saturday26 February with an outstanding lecture by an acknowledged expert to...
20/01/2022

Our 2022 Goudie Lecture Programme starts on Saturday
26 February with an outstanding lecture by an acknowledged expert to mark the 80th anniversary of the Bruneval Raid – a vital part of Britain’s ‘secret war’. Not to be missed!

Pre booking is essential for Zoom lectures.

Our next lecture is this Saturday, the 11th December.  Entitled 'Above and Below the Waves of Scotland’s West Coast', it...
07/12/2021

Our next lecture is this Saturday, the 11th December. Entitled 'Above and Below the Waves of Scotland’s West Coast', it will be given by Ian Archibald.

A reminder to our lovely Members ... our AGM is this Saturday 20th November at 11:00am.  It will take place online using...
15/11/2021

A reminder to our lovely Members ... our AGM is this Saturday 20th November at 11:00am. It will take place online using 'Zoom'.

Members will have received all relevant papers, but in order to participate, you must email [email protected] to receive the code to sign in.

Hope to see you there!

Prof Paul Bishop will present his lecture this Saturday.   Oh yes, he will.
08/11/2021

Prof Paul Bishop will present his lecture this Saturday.

Oh yes, he will.

I don't think I ever thought about this before, but rivers do change over time, so what happens if the border is a river...
15/09/2021

I don't think I ever thought about this before, but rivers do change over time, so what happens if the border is a river? This should be interesting.

Our Goudie Lecture programme for 2021 continues at11 am on Saturday 11 September with a lecture by David W. Brown of the...
03/09/2021

Our Goudie Lecture programme for 2021 continues at
11 am on Saturday 11 September with a lecture by David W. Brown of the Museum of Communication.

We've been alerted to two online panel discussions organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh which MoC members and sup...
15/08/2021

We've been alerted to two online panel discussions organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh which MoC members and supporters will be welcome to attend. Prof. Joe McGeough, who is on the morning panel, was our most recent Goudie lecturer.

We're sure that these panel discussions will be of interest to many of our members and supporters.

31/07/2021

The world’s smallest working lighthouse sits on the banks of the Firth of Forth in North Queensferry and was built in 1817 by John Rennie.

Did you know you can light the lamp and become an honorary Keeper of the Light? One at a time, as it’s very narrow, climb to the top and see the lighting system. The view isn't too shabby either! ❤

📍 Light Tower
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21/07/2021
That's what it's all about!  🤣
11/07/2021

That's what it's all about! 🤣

Books, films, and newspaper and magazine articles have been produced about Stephen Hawking.In this popular science Goudi...
05/07/2021

Books, films, and newspaper and magazine articles have been produced about Stephen Hawking.
In this popular science Goudie Lecture we join him first at the Royal Greenwich Observatory when he and other students worked during their summer vacation on a project with professional astronomers to photograph and map the night sky.
On his return to Oxford he completed his degree, and embarked on further postgraduate studies at Cambridge, marrying a girl who shared with him a love of music.
How they coped with his motor neurone disease, had a family, and let him follow the dream of exploring black holes in space, while she continued her own professional and outside interests will be described.

I'm looking forward to this one.
20/05/2021

I'm looking forward to this one.

Our new Goudie Lecture programme for 2021 continues at 11 am on Saturday 15 May with a lecture by Prof. Charles W. J. Wi...
05/05/2021

Our new Goudie Lecture programme for 2021 continues at
11 am on Saturday 15 May with a lecture by Prof. Charles W. J. Withers, Geographer Royal for Scotland.

This will be an online lecture, delivered via Zoom.
Pre-booking is essential – simply e-mail [email protected] to book. The lecture will not be recorded, so there is no ‘catch-up facility’.

See https://museumofcommunication.org.uk/ for more information.

Please get in touch if you wish to hear Roy's presentation.
15/03/2021

Please get in touch if you wish to hear Roy's presentation.

Great lecture yesterday by Tom Stevenson.  Our next one is coming up pretty soon.
21/02/2021

Great lecture yesterday by Tom Stevenson. Our next one is coming up pretty soon.

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07/01/2021

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Today is the birthday of Sir Sandford Fleming, in Kirkcaldy in 1827.

Son of a local cabinet-maker and apprenticed to Kirkcaldy civil engineer and surveyor, John Sang, Sandford left for Canada when he was 18 years old. There he became Chief Engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, producing numerous maps and surveys. Sandford Fleming's legacy is the invention of the worldwide standard time zones we use today.

This dedication plaque to Sir Sandford Fleming is located in Kirkcaldy War Memorial Gardens, underneath a beautiful maple tree 😃 🍁🌳

Burntisland has a lot of history.
03/01/2021

Burntisland has a lot of history.

The National Transport Trust has awarded Burntisland’s ‘floating railway’ train station a prestigious Red Wheel to commemorate its achievement as the first roll-on/ roll-off seagoing train ferry in the world.

02/01/2021

Have you spotted the illuminated phone box outside the library? A potted timeline of Burntisland’s history and other interesting stuff! 😀☎️📜ℹ️

Funding Award Keeps Fife Museum Communicating The Museum of Communication in Burntisland is pleased to announce an award...
17/12/2020

Funding Award Keeps Fife Museum Communicating

The Museum of Communication in Burntisland is pleased to announce an award in excess of £5,000 from the Recovery and Resilience Fund of Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).

Museum of Communication Chairman Prof. Tom Stevenson said, “2020 has been a very lean year for us. The MGS award will help our entirely volunteer-run museum to survive through the winter as well as enabling us to upgrade our digital presence and prepare for reopening in 2021. We’re eagerly looking forward to the day when we can once again offer everyone a fascinating visitor experience here in Burntisland.”

MGS has established the Recovery and Resilience Fund to secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic, thus safeguarding the vital role they play in their communities. MGS benefitted from a £4 million allocation from a £97 million package of Scottish Government funding to protect Scotland’s culture and heritage sectors from the impacts of Covid-19.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said: “We are delighted to support the Museum of Communication through the Recovery and Resilience Fund. They have responded to the challenges of the pandemic, and subsequent temporary closure, with plans for increased online activities, which will continue to welcome their community and visitors from around the world to explore this fascinating museum. The Museum of Communication’s responsive forward thinking is a credit to the volunteers who run the museum. We wish them every success as they work to deliver lectures to supporters across the world and safely reopen the museum in 2021 for their community.”

In the picture, Museum of Communication volunteers Ian Archibald (Burntisland), Dave Pack (Edinburgh) and Andrew Starling (Kirkcaldy) react to news of the award by Museums Galleries Scotland.

04/12/2020

Reminder. Our lecture is Saturday 12th December.

THE VASA – The Story of a Swedish Warship

On the 16th August 1628, the Vasa, the Swedish King’s majestic new warship sails out on her maiden voyage from Stockholm. After sailing little more than a thousand metres a gust of wind makes her keel over. Disaster strikes and she sinks to the seabed.

Ian Archibald relates the story of the events leading up to the sinking. He explains why and how the Vasa was built; describes her loss and how after 333 years on the seabed she was raised to the surface to the surface in 1961. Today the voyage of the Vasa continues as the only fully intact preserved 17th century ship in the world and the biggest museum attraction in Stockholm.

HOW TO JOIN THE LECTURE

Simply e-mail [email protected] and tell us that you'd like to join. We'll then send you details of how to log on. The lecture is delivered via Zoom.

Looking forward to this.
17/11/2020

Looking forward to this.

13/11/2020

Just a reminder to Members ... it's our AGM tomorrow.

Museum of Communication Foundation Trust

The Annual General Meeting will be held online on Saturday, 14 November 2020 at 10.30am
Due to Covid-19, the AGM will be held online this year via Zoom.

Agenda for Meeting (10.30am)
1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of AGM held on 26th October 2019
4. Matters Arising
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report
7. Election of the Executive Board (Dorothy Brankin and Ken Horne retire by rote.)
8. Any Other Competent Business

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?

30/09/2020

When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate to Museum Of Communication Foundation Trust. Support us every time you shop.

02/06/2020

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?

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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.
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.