Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries Set within the Heritage Quarter of Scotland's ancient capital, this award-winning visitor attraction includes the world's first Carnegie Library, museum and exhibition galleries .

Dunfermline's Library, Museum and Art Galleries. We also have an attractive garden, local history area, specialist collection spaces and amazing venue hire opportunities! Twitter @ONatDCLG Instagram dclandg

Part of Fife Cultural Trust - Scottish Charity Number: SC043442

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We're taking you back to the 1860s with today's archive photograph of the Kirkgate. At the top of the street you can see...
14/10/2021

We're taking you back to the 1860s with today's archive photograph of the Kirkgate. At the top of the street you can see the Town House, built in 1771. It was replaced by the present City Chambers in 1879. And let's not forget the Old Inn, Dunfermline's oldest hostelry, the place where Dunfermline Athletic Football Club was founded and still going strong today.

#shineonfife #dunfermline #visitdunfermline #localhistory #archives #archivephotography #blackandwhitephotography #1860s #oldinn

We're taking you back to the 1860s with today's archive photograph of the Kirkgate. At the top of the street you can see the Town House, built in 1771. It was replaced by the present City Chambers in 1879. And let's not forget the Old Inn, Dunfermline's oldest hostelry, the place where Dunfermline Athletic Football Club was founded and still going strong today.

#shineonfife #dunfermline #visitdunfermline #localhistory #archives #archivephotography #blackandwhitephotography #1860s #oldinn

The October holidays are here and that means it's time for the kids to start a new holiday PAST-PORTTo tie in with the u...
11/10/2021

The October holidays are here and that means it's time for the kids to start a new holiday PAST-PORT

To tie in with the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, the theme is the 'Green Time Machine', highlighting how environmentally friendly practices of the past can inform our future behaviour.

Pick up a PAST-PORT at the Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline Abbey Church and Nave or in the museum here at DCLG. Remember to get your PAST-PORT stamped at each venue and collect your certificate at the end of your journey.

#shineonfife #visitdunfermline #dunfermline #dunfermlinecarnegielibraryandgalleries #schoolholidayfun
#MuseumMoment #lovemuseums #MuseumMonday

The October holidays are here and that means it's time for the kids to start a new holiday PAST-PORT

To tie in with the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, the theme is the 'Green Time Machine', highlighting how environmentally friendly practices of the past can inform our future behaviour.

Pick up a PAST-PORT at the Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline Abbey Church and Nave or in the museum here at DCLG. Remember to get your PAST-PORT stamped at each venue and collect your certificate at the end of your journey.

#shineonfife #visitdunfermline #dunfermline #dunfermlinecarnegielibraryandgalleries #schoolholidayfun
#MuseumMoment #lovemuseums #MuseumMonday

This World Mental Health Day, we take time to remember that reading is good for the mind.Set yourself time to grab a cup...
10/10/2021

This World Mental Health Day, we take time to remember that reading is good for the mind.
Set yourself time to grab a cuppa and a book and rest.

This World Mental Health Day, we take time to remember that reading is good for the mind.
Set yourself time to grab a cuppa and a book and rest.

Friday funny 🤣 (and sometimes true)
08/10/2021

Friday funny 🤣 (and sometimes true)

Friday funny 🤣 (and sometimes true)

Flowers Henry Muhrmann (1854-1916) Today's #FineArtFriday painting from our collection was donated by Sir William Burrel...
08/10/2021

Flowers

Henry Muhrmann (1854-1916)

Today's #FineArtFriday painting from our collection was donated by Sir William Burrell in 1940. The flowers and leaves are past their best. The reduced lighting, subdued autumn palette and heavy paint application evoke a melancholy. Gentle lighting from a nearby window creates a low key image where predominantly dark colours and tones add depth and atmosphere.

#ShineOnFife #stilllife #autumn #flowerpainting #lowkeyimage #pensive

Flowers

Henry Muhrmann (1854-1916)

Today's #FineArtFriday painting from our collection was donated by Sir William Burrell in 1940. The flowers and leaves are past their best. The reduced lighting, subdued autumn palette and heavy paint application evoke a melancholy. Gentle lighting from a nearby window creates a low key image where predominantly dark colours and tones add depth and atmosphere.

#ShineOnFife #stilllife #autumn #flowerpainting #lowkeyimage #pensive

We're taking a look back at Dunfermline Carnegie Library for our archive post this week. Parts of the building remain re...
07/10/2021

We're taking a look back at Dunfermline Carnegie Library for our archive post this week. Parts of the building remain remarkably unchanged since these images were taken in the 1920s. Do you remember the main reception desk in that position? For perspective we've included a recent photograph of the same area.

#shineonfife #librariesweek #dunfermlinecarnegielibraryandgalleries #lovelibraries #carnegielibrariesofinstagram #blackandwhitephotography #localhistory #archives

Alexander Selkirk - the 'real Robinson Crusoe'One of the highlights of our current Explore! exhibition, this powder horn...
05/10/2021

Alexander Selkirk - the 'real Robinson Crusoe'

One of the highlights of our current Explore! exhibition, this powder horn once belonged to Alexander Selkirk. Born in Lower Largo in 1676, Alexander Selkirk spent most of his life at sea as a privateer.

When the ship he was travelling on was damaged, Selkirk requested that he be put ashore on Juan Fernandez Island, near Chile. He lived there alone for four years until he was eventually rescued by another privateer in 1709. Selkirk's memoirs from this time are widely recognised as the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe.

Visit our Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers exhibition to learn more about Alexander Selkirk, take a look at his artefacts and let your imagination transport you to your own desert island.

#shineonfife #MuseumMoment #lovemuseums #museums #museumcollection #alexanderselkirk #robinsoncrusoe

Alexander Selkirk - the 'real Robinson Crusoe'

One of the highlights of our current Explore! exhibition, this powder horn once belonged to Alexander Selkirk. Born in Lower Largo in 1676, Alexander Selkirk spent most of his life at sea as a privateer.

When the ship he was travelling on was damaged, Selkirk requested that he be put ashore on Juan Fernandez Island, near Chile. He lived there alone for four years until he was eventually rescued by another privateer in 1709. Selkirk's memoirs from this time are widely recognised as the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe.

Visit our Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers exhibition to learn more about Alexander Selkirk, take a look at his artefacts and let your imagination transport you to your own desert island.

#shineonfife #MuseumMoment #lovemuseums #museums #museumcollection #alexanderselkirk #robinsoncrusoe

Today is #scottishmuseumsday, a chance to celebrate our wonderful museum collections.  One of our favourites here at DCL...
03/10/2021

Today is #scottishmuseumsday, a chance to celebrate our wonderful museum collections. One of our favourites here at DCLG is this tiny Mickey Mouse toy. You can find him, and a whole host of other amazing items, on display in our galleries #ShineOnFife

Today is #scottishmuseumsday, a chance to celebrate our wonderful museum collections. One of our favourites here at DCLG is this tiny Mickey Mouse toy. You can find him, and a whole host of other amazing items, on display in our galleries #ShineOnFife

If you have any library books from before lockdown - now is the time to return them.We are not charging anyone overdue f...
03/10/2021

If you have any library books from before lockdown - now is the time to return them.

We are not charging anyone overdue fines for returning books late so don't worry.

You can return your books to the person at the front door if you still feel unsure about coming into the building. Our opening hours are pinned to the top of our news feed.

#ShineOnFife

If you have any library books from before lockdown - now is the time to return them.

We are not charging anyone overdue fines for returning books late so don't worry.

You can return your books to the person at the front door if you still feel unsure about coming into the building. Our opening hours are pinned to the top of our news feed.

#ShineOnFife

Friday funny 🤣
01/10/2021

Friday funny 🤣

Friday funny 🤣

The Ford George Paul Chalmers (1833–1878) Nicknamed 'The Angus Rembrandt', G P Chalmers was a master in using light to c...
01/10/2021

The Ford
George Paul Chalmers (1833–1878)

Nicknamed 'The Angus Rembrandt', G P Chalmers was a master in using light to capture a mood. The dark tree shapes contrast against the cool glow emanating from the low-lying sun. The days are drawing in. The reflections being cast in the water pick up the rich, earthy landscape tones and the diffuse light from the autumnal sky. There's time for quiet reflection - a break from busy activity.

#ShineOnFife #GPChalmers #FineArtFriday #scottishart #oilpainting #autumnmood #natureinart #nature

The Ford
George Paul Chalmers (1833–1878)

Nicknamed 'The Angus Rembrandt', G P Chalmers was a master in using light to capture a mood. The dark tree shapes contrast against the cool glow emanating from the low-lying sun. The days are drawing in. The reflections being cast in the water pick up the rich, earthy landscape tones and the diffuse light from the autumnal sky. There's time for quiet reflection - a break from busy activity.

#ShineOnFife #GPChalmers #FineArtFriday #scottishart #oilpainting #autumnmood #natureinart #nature

September marks Scottish Archaeology Month and we're going back in time to take a look at the dig we had right here at D...
29/09/2021

September marks Scottish Archaeology Month and we're going back in time to take a look at the dig we had right here at DCLG.

Before the museum and gallery space was built, a team of archaeologists led an enthusiastic group of local volunteers to see what lay below the proposed site, our former carpark. This close-up shows one of the finds, a piece of a pipe, being carefully cleaned.

#shineonfife #ScotArchMonth #archaeology #scottisharchaeology #dig #museums #dunfermline

Happy Birthday to local lass, Barbara Dickson.From regular stints at Dunfermline Folk Club to bestselling solo artist, B...
27/09/2021

Happy Birthday to local lass, Barbara Dickson.

From regular stints at Dunfermline Folk Club to bestselling solo artist, Barbara's music career has been hugely successful over the years. In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to Music and Drama.

Read more about Barbara Dickson in the museum. She's featured on the Dunfermline People Wall, a celebration of some of the town's most famous and well-loved people.

#shineonfife #MuseumMonday #museummoments #barbaradickson #dunfermline #80smusic #eighties #scottishmusic

Happy Birthday to local lass, Barbara Dickson.

From regular stints at Dunfermline Folk Club to bestselling solo artist, Barbara's music career has been hugely successful over the years. In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to Music and Drama.

Read more about Barbara Dickson in the museum. She's featured on the Dunfermline People Wall, a celebration of some of the town's most famous and well-loved people.

#shineonfife #MuseumMonday #museummoments #barbaradickson #dunfermline #80smusic #eighties #scottishmusic

National Comic Book Day commemorates and celebrates comic books enjoyed by adults and children alike.𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗹 at our wide ...
25/09/2021

National Comic Book Day commemorates and celebrates comic books enjoyed by adults and children alike.
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗹 at our wide selection of graphic novels in 𝗗𝗖LG as does our e-book app - Libby.

Pop in and take your pick.

#ShineOnFife #Comicbooks #Marvel #DC #comics

Friday funny 🤣
24/09/2021

Friday funny 🤣

Friday funny 🤣

Sunset on the Cotswolds Lindsay Grandison MacArthur (1865–1945) Farewell summer, hello autumn! A fitting #FineArtFriday ...
24/09/2021

Sunset on the Cotswolds
Lindsay Grandison MacArthur (1865–1945)

Farewell summer, hello autumn!

A fitting #FineArtFriday post to celebrate the last of the summer sun. This glorious landscape bursts with the colours of Autumn. There's a profound sense of wellbeing, as the cows rest contentedly. The magnificence of Nature, right down to the grass blades in the meadow, is palpable.

#ShineOnFife #nofiltersneeded #AutumnEquinox #summersun #englishcountryside #discovercotswolds #nature

Sunset on the Cotswolds
Lindsay Grandison MacArthur (1865–1945)

Farewell summer, hello autumn!

A fitting #FineArtFriday post to celebrate the last of the summer sun. This glorious landscape bursts with the colours of Autumn. There's a profound sense of wellbeing, as the cows rest contentedly. The magnificence of Nature, right down to the grass blades in the meadow, is palpable.

#ShineOnFife #nofiltersneeded #AutumnEquinox #summersun #englishcountryside #discovercotswolds #nature

Recognise this building? Depending on your era you may well know it as the Belleville, Johnsons or Jiggies but it origin...
23/09/2021

Recognise this building? Depending on your era you may well know it as the Belleville, Johnsons or Jiggies but it originally opened as the Women's Institute in September 1912.

The building, commissioned by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and opened by Louise Carnegie, offered the women of Dunfermline a safe and "respectable" place to meet. In her speech that day, Mrs Carnegie hoped that "by being mutually helpful to each other, a true and sympathetic sisterhood will be established". The Institute remained popular until it was requisitioned by armed forces during World War 2.

If you want to find out more about the Institute and see a selection of photographs, visit us in the Reading Room at DCLG. We're still operating an appointment system and you can book your local studies visit on our website, www.onfife.com. Walk in visits are also available.

#shineonfife #dunfermline #localhistory #blackandwhitephotography #archives #archivephotography #women

Recognise this building? Depending on your era you may well know it as the Belleville, Johnsons or Jiggies but it originally opened as the Women's Institute in September 1912.

The building, commissioned by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and opened by Louise Carnegie, offered the women of Dunfermline a safe and "respectable" place to meet. In her speech that day, Mrs Carnegie hoped that "by being mutually helpful to each other, a true and sympathetic sisterhood will be established". The Institute remained popular until it was requisitioned by armed forces during World War 2.

If you want to find out more about the Institute and see a selection of photographs, visit us in the Reading Room at DCLG. We're still operating an appointment system and you can book your local studies visit on our website, www.onfife.com. Walk in visits are also available.

#shineonfife #dunfermline #localhistory #blackandwhitephotography #archives #archivephotography #women

Today is the #InternationalDayofPeace and we decided to look at a Carnegie Connection.....Andrew Carnegie was stuck on t...
21/09/2021

Today is the #InternationalDayofPeace and we decided to look at a Carnegie Connection.....

Andrew Carnegie was stuck on the idea of a palace of peace and offered a donation with a minimum amount of $1.5 million. (In today's money over $48 million)
He donated this on the condition that the "Peace Palace" would not only house the Permanent Court of Arbitration, but also a legal library of the "highest standard"

In 1903 The Dutch Carnegie Foundation was started to administer the funds and manage the construction.

The Peace Palace was opened in the Hague in the presence of Andrew Carnegie on 28th Aug 1913.

In honour of his donation, the Dutch awarded Andrew Carnegie with the Knight of the Orange-Nassau on 25th Aug 1913. This is a military and civil order for chivalry and awarded to those with special merits to society.

This picture is taken from the book "A Carnegie Anthology" by Margaret Barclay Wilson published in 1915 and is of the Peace Palace

#ShineOnFife

Our Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers Exhibition has just got better! If you've not had the kids at our family friend...
20/09/2021

Our Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers Exhibition has just got better!

If you've not had the kids at our family friendly exhibition, now there is even more reason to come.

In addition to the FREE activity pack on offer, we've now installed interactive displays, games and a reading corner so your little ones can embark on a journey of discovery here at DCLG.

#MuseumMonday #ShineOnFife

Our Explore! Travellers and Trailblazers Exhibition has just got better!

If you've not had the kids at our family friendly exhibition, now there is even more reason to come.

In addition to the FREE activity pack on offer, we've now installed interactive displays, games and a reading corner so your little ones can embark on a journey of discovery here at DCLG.

#MuseumMonday #ShineOnFife

ICYMI - OnFife Libraries have teamed up with Overdrive to provide an e-book service via the Libby App.All you need to ac...
18/09/2021

ICYMI - OnFife Libraries have teamed up with Overdrive to provide an e-book service via the Libby App.
All you need to access it is a valid library membership. Adult and children's books are available as well as magazines.

Why not start your e-book journey today on #Readanebookday

https://www.onfife.com/libraries-archives/online-resources/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-digital-magazines/

ICYMI - OnFife Libraries have teamed up with Overdrive to provide an e-book service via the Libby App.
All you need to access it is a valid library membership. Adult and children's books are available as well as magazines.

Why not start your e-book journey today on #Readanebookday

https://www.onfife.com/libraries-archives/online-resources/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-digital-magazines/

Friday funny 🤣
17/09/2021

Friday funny 🤣

Friday funny 🤣

'The White House' - William Mouncey (1852-1901)  The splendid tree taking centre stage is cloaked in rich ochre and warm...
17/09/2021

'The White House' - William Mouncey (1852-1901)

The splendid tree taking centre stage is cloaked in rich ochre and warm golden tones. Beyond the trees, a sun-dappled house beckons. Painterly brushmarks express movement in the foliage and clouds, creating a wonderful mood, of a quiet autumn afternoon spent enjoying the natural beauty surrounding Kirkcudbright.

#ShineOnFife #fineartfriday #williammouncey #kirkcudbrightartists #kirkcudbrightschool #kirkcudbright #scottishart #oilpainting #landscapepainting #autumninspiration #tree_magic #naturelovers

'The White House' - William Mouncey (1852-1901)

The splendid tree taking centre stage is cloaked in rich ochre and warm golden tones. Beyond the trees, a sun-dappled house beckons. Painterly brushmarks express movement in the foliage and clouds, creating a wonderful mood, of a quiet autumn afternoon spent enjoying the natural beauty surrounding Kirkcudbright.

#ShineOnFife #fineartfriday #williammouncey #kirkcudbrightartists #kirkcudbrightschool #kirkcudbright #scottishart #oilpainting #landscapepainting #autumninspiration #tree_magic #naturelovers

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1-7 Abbot Street
Dunfermline
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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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So excited to share with you. Dunfermline Jack and Jill Kids market is back 25 Sept https://facebook.com/events/s/the-jack-jill-market-dunfermli/2982700811999516/
In 1783 William Dickie, dyer and manufacturer, Collier Row (Bruce Street), erected an indigo mill, which was set in motion by a large dog within a wheel. The dog kept stamping up on the interior circumference of the light wheel, and thus put the wheel and other apparatus in motion. "As this was the first indigo mill ever set up in Dunfermline, it caused a deal of talk far and near, and many a one came to see it. Also from the Annals of Dunfermline.
Another invention from Ebineezer Hendersons Annals of Dunfermline. David Hatton, a small grocer in Pittencreiff Street, Dunfermline, in the early part of this year, contrived and constructed with his own hands a curious little machine—a miniature kind of thread-mill, driven by a mouse. In June, 1824, the inventor sent a drawing and description of his mouse thread-mill to the Glasgow Mechanics' Magazine, which was duly inserted in that work, and to which the reader is referred for particulars. (Glasgow Mechanics' Magazine vol. iii. 305-307.) Previous to that description the novelty of the contrivance had found a place in several newspapers. It would appear that the account of it in the newspaper paragraphs was inspired by Hatton.
Please settle a difference of opinion, on the video screen nazareth are singing Bad Bad Boy in concert. i think the the two ladies who got up on stage are Angella Rippon and Michaela Strachan, my partner disagrees
Is there any particular significance regarding the panel that is on the south side of the extension or is it just a piece of art. Have passed it many times but only took notice of it yesterday
Based in Dunfermline but open to all young musicians - strings, brass, woodwind and percussion - with the chance to take part in some spectacular events, with a bit of overseas travel thrown in! Did I mention that it's almost free? The only costs are an initial joining fee of £15 and camp contributions (roughly £10-£15 for a Fri Eve - Sun PM Weekend Camp or £40-£50 for a Sat - Sat Week Camp). Uniform is provided on free loan, as are instruments if needed. If you are interested, please contact us via any of the methods below. https://www.facebook.com/BandBWACF/posts/3594920047211629
Based in Dunfermline but open to all young musicians - strings, brass, woodwind and percussion - with the chance to take part in some spectacular events, with a bit of overseas travel thrown in! Did I mention that it's almost free? The only costs are an initial joining fee of £15 and camp contributions (roughly £10-£15 for a Fri Eve - Sun PM Weekend Camp or £40-£50 for a Sat - Sat Week Camp). Uniform is provided on free loan, as are instruments if needed. If anyone is interested they can contact me for further information on [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/BandBWACF/posts/3489860911050877?notif_id=1606921449463341¬if_t=page_post_reaction&ref=notif
Based in Dunfermline but open to all young musicians - strings, brass, woodwind and percussion - with the chance to take part in some spectacular events, with a bit of overseas travel thrown in! Did I mention that it's almost free? The only costs are an initial joining fee of £15 and camp contributions (roughly £10-£15 for a Fri Eve - Sun PM Weekend Camp or £40-£50 for a Sat - Sat Week Camp). Uniform is provided on free loan, as are instruments if needed. If anyone is interested they can contact me for further information on [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/BandBWACF/posts/3489860911050877?notif_id=1606921449463341¬if_t=page_post_reaction&ref=notif
Thanks for letting a few Jedis pay a costumed visit to the Halloween archway! 👻🎃😊
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