Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Andrew Carnegie was a weaver's son who became the richest man in the world and gave his wealth away for the benefit of mankind.
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The birthplace of modern philanthropy, the museum tells his inspiring story which is still relevant today.

Operating as usual

Although we've only got a couple weeks left before we close for 2020, we're still working hard behind the scenes.We're h...
23/11/2020
Autism Friendly Visitor Slots

Although we've only got a couple weeks left before we close for 2020, we're still working hard behind the scenes.

We're happy to say that on the 5th December we'll be hosting some Autism Friendly Visitor Slots. The slots are free to book and will be Covid safe, have a look at the event for a few more details or get in touch with us.

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Help keep Dunfermline beautiful by joining the #PowerToThePickers initiative! Plastic Free Dunfermline has over 20 litte...
23/11/2020

Help keep Dunfermline beautiful by joining the #PowerToThePickers initiative! Plastic Free Dunfermline has over 20 litter pickers and litter bags that we want to lend out to our members to do small scale clean ups in your neighbourhood over the next few months. More info 👇

Help us keep Dunfermline beautiful by joining our #PowerToThePickers initiative!

About a month ago we asked if you would be interested in attending an organised group litter picking event. Thank you for the positive response to our poll! Not even Covid-19 can stop us making a difference in our local neighbourhood or greenspace.

Head out with other members of your household and do a quick clean in your local area. Every piece of litter you collect makes a difference!

Plastic Free Dunfermline has over 20 litter pickers and litter bags that we want to lend out to our members to do small scale clean ups over the next few months.

Join us – it’s easy!

1. Get in touch via Facebook or [email protected] and arrange to pick up your litter picker(s)
2. We will send out a short guidance sheet for you to have an enjoyable litter pick
3. Collect your pickers and bags
4. Do your clean up and arrange collection
5. #PowerToThePickers - Post on here to tell us how you went! How much litter did you collect? What did you find? Anything strange? (don’t forget to tag us!)

Get in touch for more information.

Why not send your family and friends a little piece of Dunfermline this Christmas? These beautiful prints by Cara Shanle...
20/11/2020

Why not send your family and friends a little piece of Dunfermline this Christmas? These beautiful prints by Cara Shanley Art are available both framed and unframed in our museum shop. You do not need to book a ticket to visit our museum shop. Pop in any time during our opening hours 🤩🎄

Hands up if you've already got your tickets to our online Bobbins sessions next week! 👋We've still got some spaces left ...
19/11/2020
Bobbin Bigs - Winter Wonders!

Hands up if you've already got your tickets to our online Bobbins sessions next week! 👋

We've still got some spaces left for each session, so reserve them quickly!

Bobbin Babies 0-2 https://bit.ly/2IHbzfN

Bobbin Bigs (3-5) with a special guest appearance by old St Nick! Don't tell your kids if you book them a ticket, we want it to be a surprise!

https://bit.ly/3pB8X3J

We're happy to say our Bobbin sessions are back! (on Zoom!)

We're halfway through #BookWeekScotland and we've got a brand spanking new book-themed blog for you! 📚We thought we'd lo...
18/11/2020
Carnegie Ex Libris - Book Week Scotland — The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

We're halfway through #BookWeekScotland and we've got a brand spanking new book-themed blog for you! 📚

We thought we'd look at the Carnegie's bookplates, you don't really see bookplates anymore but they're a really interesting as you can see who owned a book in the past and understand them a bit better. 📜

We've even asked some of our team to design their own bookplates and think about what they'd include in theirs. What special or personal things would you put in yours - heck, why not drawn your own and send us a pic? ✏️

https://bit.ly/2IzoUXL

For this year’s Book Week Scotland we’re going to take a closer look at the Carnegies’ beautifully designed bookplates. Bookplates are sometimes called ‘ex libris’, meaning ‘from the library of’ in Latin.

Our end of season sale is now on! Come browse and find some lovely gifts for the whole family & support your local museu...
17/11/2020

Our end of season sale is now on! Come browse and find some lovely gifts for the whole family & support your local museum! 🥰🏛
You do not need to book a ticket to visit the shop - just pop in anytime.

Gosh it's getting quite hard to keep motivation going with the shorter days, chillier nights and frankly, soggy weather....
17/11/2020
Bobbin Babies - Winter Wonders!

Gosh it's getting quite hard to keep motivation going with the shorter days, chillier nights and frankly, soggy weather.

But never fear! We've got some new online Bobbin sessions coming up that are sure to keep your little ones' spirits high! There'll be plenty of songs, stories, and creative play - so make sure to book your ticket quickly so you don't miss out. 🎟️

This month's theme is Winter Wonders - perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas! 🎄

Book for Bobbin Babies (0-2)
⏰ 9.30-10.00am 24th Nov
https://bit.ly/2IHbzfN

Book for Bobbin Bigs (3-5)
⏰ 10.15-11.00am 24th Nov
https://bit.ly/3pB8X3J

If you're not sure about joining in, why not watch a snippet of the last session we recorded to see if it's suited for you and your baby!

https://youtu.be/Hg8mZT4WuqQ

We're delighted to be bringing back our popular Bobbins sessions (on Zoom!)

A huge thank you to everyone who has left clothes donations for Children's Clothing Bank Dunfermline already! You are su...
16/11/2020

A huge thank you to everyone who has left clothes donations for Children's Clothing Bank Dunfermline already! You are superstars! 🤩 Please note that you can leave donations even when the museum is closed.

Happy Book Week Scotland everyone! We're sure if Andrew was still around, this would be one of this favourite weeks of t...
16/11/2020

Happy Book Week Scotland everyone! We're sure if Andrew was still around, this would be one of this favourite weeks of the year!

Look at what the busy bees at Book Fairies Fife have been doing, once again leaving wonderful books and bookmarks in our little free library to celebrate this week 📚 ✨

Pop by our museum and see what books you can find!

It's Book Week Scotland and the Scottish Book Fairies are celebrating by hiding copies of books written by Scottish authors, published in Scotland or set in our beautiful country.

A copy of Rachel McCormack's @r_mccormack Chasing the Dram has been hidden in the Little Free Library @carnegiebirthplacemuseum in Dunfermline. Were you the lucky finder?

About the book: Whisky is Scotland's national drink and has been for over five hundred years, since then becoming a global phenomenon. It is a drink that is a profound and important part of Scottish life and culture but, unlike other countries and their national libations, it has hardly been used in food. Rachel McCormack is going to change that with this book. Limiting whisky to a drink, she believes, is similar to the traditional Presbyterian attitude to sex; it should only be done with the lights off and in the missionary position. Rachel believes that there is an entire Karma Sutraof whisky use out there and she has put it in this book.

Interspersing an engaging mix of anecdotes, history and information on distillers and recipes, this book will appeal to everyone from the cooking whisky connoisseur, to the novice whisky learner looking for some guidance on what to eat and cook. Rachel travels the length and breadth of Scotland, discovering a myriad of unique and interesting people and facts about this remarkable drink, with interviews with the key people who create it around the country, as she visits the famous distilleries of her country, as well as the more home-grown variety.

#IBelieveInBookFairies
#BookWeekScotland
#BookFairyWeekScotland

Delighted to say we are now stocking some Sketching Fife prints! We're over the moon to have some of her beautiful sketc...
10/11/2020

Delighted to say we are now stocking some Sketching Fife prints! We're over the moon to have some of her beautiful sketches in our shop. 🎨

We have a mixture of framed and unframed drawings from around Dunfermline, including the wintery Glen, Pittencrieff House - and of course our lovely museum! Some have even been hand finished with gold, so they're extra sparkly for Christmas. ✨

It's very hard to pick a favourite! Which one do you like best?

Framed £20
Mounted £15

Please note that you can visit the museum shop without booking!

Thank you, students from Woodmill High School Department of Additional Support for creating this beautiful portrait of A...
10/11/2020

Thank you, students from Woodmill High School Department of Additional Support for creating this beautiful portrait of Andrew Carnegie!

The portrait will be on display at the museum until the museum closes for winter on 6 December.

Dear all, We're supporting Children's Clothing Bank Dunfermline this year in the run up to Christmas by becoming one of ...
09/11/2020

Dear all,
We're supporting Children's Clothing Bank Dunfermline this year in the run up to Christmas by becoming one of their drop-off sites until the 6th December. 🎄

They are looking for donations of new, unused children's clothes. The items they are particularly short of include:

Girls' clothing ages 2-18
Boys' clothing 9-18
Especially pyjamas, girls' tights, socks and underwear

Remember the clothing bank will be distributing all year around so non-Christmas goods are preferred. 😊

We'd also be greatly appreciative if this list could be shared far and wide - so get clicking!

Thanks for your support in advance, whether that's sharing or donations.

The Museum Team

Please share: Visit Dunfermline Go Dunfermline Fife For Kids Welcome to Fife

Please see more information about the Abbey Church's fundraising plea 👇
09/11/2020
Abbot House

Please see more information about the Abbey Church's fundraising plea 👇

It's not until difficult times that we question how our precious and most loved buildings are financed. Buildings which are very expensive to maintain. It costs nearly £600 a day to pay for The Abbey Church of Dunfermline and the pandemic means they have a hugely depleted congregation. They're asking for a little help until things get better.

There's only a few more weeks left to visit us before we close for the season! 🎄To reserve your free space, follow the E...
09/11/2020
Carnegie Birthplace Timed Entry Slots 16th Nov - 22nd Nov

There's only a few more weeks left to visit us before we close for the season! 🎄

To reserve your free space, follow the Eventbrite links below. You never know, you might also find some lovely local Christmas gifts in our gift shop too. We've lots of lovely things, from EATS Beeswax wraps, Jo Walker Ceramics and Clarabella Christie scarves - certainly something for everyone so remember to #ShopLocal this year! 🛒🛍️

This week > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carnegie-birthplace-timed-entry-slots-9th-nov-15th-nov-tickets-119228526733

Next week > https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carnegie-birthplace-timed-entry-slots-16th-nov-22nd-nov-tickets-119231842651

We're delighted to have reopened to the public!

Look at these beautiful knitted dinosaur decorations we've have in stock! 😍Okay so we know it's November, but with 2020 ...
06/11/2020

Look at these beautiful knitted dinosaur decorations we've have in stock! 😍

Okay so we know it's November, but with 2020 being such a stinker we thought we needed some bright and colourful Christmas decorations in our shop! Aren't they cute? 🦖🦕

Now just the tricky task of picking one, hmmm which is it going to be? 🤔

We've got plenty of availability this week if you're looking to do something fun and free on your doorstep! Check out ho...
02/11/2020

We've got plenty of availability this week if you're looking to do something fun and free on your doorstep! Check out how to book via our website www.carnegiebirthplace.com

And of course if you visit us, remember to bring a face covering with you! Although we think our Museum Assistant Ronnie has ~perhaps~ taken this point a wee bit to the extreme!

Andrew's 'Big Heed' by Gemma Coyle

On 31st October 1910, Andrew Carnegie was sent a letter from Kaiser Wilhelm II concerning the foundation of the German H...
31/10/2020

On 31st October 1910, Andrew Carnegie was sent a letter from Kaiser Wilhelm II concerning the foundation of the German Hero Fund. The 'Carnegie Stiftung für Lebensretter Trust' was founded in late 1910 and operated until 1934.

“We live in a heroic age,” Andrew Carnegie wrote in 1904. “Not seldom are we thrilled by deeds of heroism where men or women are injured or lose their lives in attempting to preserve or rescue their fellows.”

Many Carnegie Hero Funds are still operating around the world - you can find out more about them here: https://www.carnegiehero.org/resources/european-hero-funds/.🎖️
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

We hope you enjoyed our Fossils in Fife session with Dr Katie Strang last week. You can now follow her on Facebook and f...
30/10/2020

We hope you enjoyed our Fossils in Fife session with Dr Katie Strang last week. You can now follow her on Facebook and find out more about weird and wonderful fossils in Scotland.

30/10/2020
Under 5s Bobbins session - Room on the Broom on Zoom!

If you weren't able to join us for our first digital Bobbins session (delivered live by Nicola Dibley on Wednesday), you can now catch the recorded session on Youtube!

Enjoy our interactive 'Room on the Broom - on Zoom!' session with your little ones for free below! 🧹

https://youtu.be/Hg8mZT4WuqQ

Join Nicola Dibley for our first digital under 5s Bobbins session! October's theme was Room on the Broom - a wonderful story by Julia Donaldson about a frien...

Those who have visited the museum may have spotted the display board mentioning Andrew Carnegie’s support of African-Ame...
23/10/2020
Andrew Carnegie and Booker T. Washington — The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Those who have visited the museum may have spotted the display board mentioning Andrew Carnegie’s support of African-American education, and one of its leading figures, Booker T. Washington. In recognition of Black History Month (UK), let’s find out more about his achievements.
➡️ https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/blog/2020/10/14/andrew-carnegie-and-booker-t-washington

#BlackHistoryMonth

Those who have visited the museum may have spotted the display board mentioning Andrew Carnegie’s support of African-American education, and one of its leading figures, Booker T. Washington. In recognition of Black History Month (UK), let’s find out more about his achievements.

We've still got some spaces left for next week's online under 5s Bobbins sessions! 👶 We'll be exploring Julia Donaldson'...
22/10/2020

We've still got some spaces left for next week's online under 5s Bobbins sessions! 👶

We'll be exploring Julia Donaldson's bewitching 'Room on the Broom'. The perfect book for Hallowe'en! 🧹

Tickets for Bobbin Babies https://bit.ly/2Hs79II

Tickets for Bobbins Bigs https://bit.ly/34eottH

Reserve your FREE slot before they're gone!

The 22nd October 1902 marks the day when Andrew Carnegie was installed as Rector of the University of St Andrews 🎓Andrew...
22/10/2020

The 22nd October 1902 marks the day when Andrew Carnegie was installed as Rector of the University of St Andrews 🎓

Andrew was installed as University Rector twice, once in 1902 then again on the 17th October 1905. His official portrait as Rector hangs in our museum, alongside his academic robes. He was also declared a Freeman of St Andrews too and made numerous donations to the university.

Donations went towards a Willis organ for the University Chapel of St Salvator's, the recreation park on Hepburn Gardens, the Women’s Union in 1904, the Gymnasium, and an extension to the old library in St Mary's Quad. 🗝📚🎼

More great books from the book fairies! 🧚‍♀️
21/10/2020

More great books from the book fairies! 🧚‍♀️

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...

Book Fairies across the UK are celebrating the film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic novel, Rebecca, on Netflix.

A copy of the book has been hidden in the Little Free Library outside @carnegiebirthplacemuseum in Dunfermline. Will you be the lucky finder?

About the book:

Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers...

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, REBECCA is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

The new major Netflix movie of Rebecca is released TODAY and stars Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas!

#Rebecca #TBFRebecca #RebeccaBook #NetflixRebecca #DaphneduMaurier #IBelieveInBookFairies #BookFairies #BookFairy #BookFairiesFife #ShareTheLoveOfReading #LoveBooks #Bookstagram #BooksOfInstagram #Instabooks #WhatImReadingNow #BookWorm #Books #Dunfermline #ShineOnFife #UnitedByBooks #BookstagramScotland #ShareTheLoveOfReading #LoveBooks #VisitFife #DiscoverFife #BookstagramScotland

Say hello to our lovely visitors of the day! 👋Meet Max Bosworth who travelled from Perth with Donna to visit the museum!...
21/10/2020

Say hello to our lovely visitors of the day! 👋

Meet Max Bosworth who travelled from Perth with Donna to visit the museum! Max had a great time learning about Andrew Carnegie and trying out our interactives! Thanks for visiting both of you, Gordon and Annie were delighted to meet you. Come again soon! 🎉

Visit Dunfermline
21/10/2020

Visit Dunfermline

The Scotland Loves Local campaign is a national initiative designed to encourage all those who live in Scotland to think local first and support their local town centres and high streets safely and in line with public health guidelines https://lovelocal.scot/scotland-loves-local/

We, at Visit Dunfermline, could not think of a better campaign to support. Through our various social media platforms, we showcase and highlight the unique offerings and local businesses we have right here in Scotland's Ancient Capital #VisitDunfermline #LoveFifeAgain #ScotlandLovesLocal

Some of our favourite products in our museum shop are these beautiful silk scarves by talented local designer Clarabella...
21/10/2020

Some of our favourite products in our museum shop are these beautiful silk scarves by talented local designer Clarabella Christie. Her patterns are inspired by Dunfermline's architecture, and the colours of this collection are inspired by vintage Vogue photography. Which of them do you like best?
If one of her scarves has sneaked on your Christmas list, you can purchase them from our museum shop! More info here: https://www.carnegiebirthplace.com/shop-pick-collect

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Hello everyone, I was just wondering if there was going to be any activities on in the Easter holiday for the children 🐣
Congratulations on being the first ever Scottish winner of the Kids in Museums Awards - the best family friendly small museum AND the overall family friendly winner!
My wife and I visited last Saturday, the 21st. It was our first time at the museum and we found it very friendly and informative. The lady who was working at the front desk (I never caught her name) was lovely. She talked away to us about the museum and the Carnegie family, she was a very knowledgeable and extremely polite. We ended up spending about 2 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Here are some images I took on my phone whilst there. https://www.facebook.com/2090861124547329/posts/2205946053038835/
Great museum for visitors of all ages to learn about the inspirational “rags to riches” story of Andrew Carnegie who was born and raised, during his early life, in this cradle of Philanthropy.
Tell that to the families and descendants of the Homestead Riots when Flick & Carnegie sent in the Pinkerton Private Army armed with Winchester Rifles to break what was then a peaceful strike.
Myself and the other leaders of 1st Fordell Firs cubs would like to say thank you to Lynsey and co for such a great night. All young people and adults really had a great time, we would thoroughly recommend a visit! Thank you
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the member of staff in today, think he was called Ronni. I came in as a childminder with 5 children and he was amazing with them and very helpful, the kids had a ball 😊