Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh during one of his visits to Methil Heritage Centre in 1996. 🕊
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Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh during one of his visits to Methil Heritage Centre in 1996. 🕊
These Comedy Cafes have been a great success! If you love a giggle, a chortle, or a rolloching good laugh, his is a great option for another Friday night in 😆 See details below.
Join us in another OnFife Comedy Café – Online!
Enjoy a Friday night in with some live comedy streamed to your screen and for only a fiver, it's a steal!
Book now: https://bit.ly/ComedyCafeOnlineMarch
are amongst many centres in Fife tirelessly distributing the Covid 19 vaccine. Thanks for sharing this poignant message, and a huge thanks to all those in every occupation that has helped to get us through this last year. Keep safe. 😷👐⬅️➡️
It's been a very strange and sometimes really difficult year. It does seem like there might now be a light at the end of the tunnel, but let's take some time to reflect and remember 💕
OnFife is bringing us a little happiness with an online Spring Festival this weekend. Comedy, dance, music, film and more. Top talent from Fife and beyond. 😀
A great photo from the 1930s from .
Did East Fife FC have a women's team back in the 1930s and 40s, when the lad's team were regularly bringing home the silverware? Let us know below ⚽️
📷 Coaltown Ladies Football Team, 24th May 1935
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Women's football exploded in Fife in 1935. Local teams included Coaltown of Balgonie, Freuchie, Markinch and Thornton as well as works teams such as Tullis Russell and Haig's.
This image was taken before the first ever match between Coaltown Ladies and Tullis Russell Ladies at Prinlaws Park.
We're sharing archive images of working, and playing, women and celebrating their stories in the lead up to International Women's Day.
Head to onfife.com/shineon/international-womens-day-2021 to see all our online events, workshops, exhibitions and short films.
East Fife Girls and Women's Football Club
East Fife Community Football Club
Raith Rovers CC Women and Girls FC
Dunfermline Athletic Ladies FC
Join us for another MINI MUSEUM TOUR where things are looking up
During the Victorian era ceramic tiles were a shop fitters dream material. Tiles were cheap to produce in any colourful design and were easy to clean. Ideal for a butcher shop of the industrial age.
It's World Book Day tomorrow and you've got a world of fun to look forward to on our LibrarYAY page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/621392585378277
are bringing us some spring sensations with this dynamic online festival of comedy, music, film and more. Hope you can join us.
We are very excited to announce we are having an online Spring Festival! A showcase of the best comedy, music, and film from Fife and beyond. Save the date and watch this space!.
Libraries are excited to be restarting this popular service. If you love a good read and have been missing popping into the library this is a great alternative! Keep on keeping safe 😷
Connect and Collect is back on Mon 8 March!
Place an order now: www.onfife.com/connectandcollect - or you can call a branch from Mon 1 March, when we will be returning to buildings. Collections will be at the door at arranged timeslots.
We can't wait to get re-started - Please Share!! ☺️
Do you work with young people in Fife in an arts capacity, either freelance or an organisation? Check out this inspiring funding opportunity 🎻🎼🎨🎭🎤🎬
YOUTH ARTS SMALL GRANT SCHEME
OnFife has launched a small grants initiative to support freelance artists and creatives to work with young Fifers on new projects.
Grants of between £500 and £5000 are available to work with children and young people, especially those who have been most affected by COVID-19.
The Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme is funded by Creative Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
The grant will not only enable freelance youth arts practitioners to deliver activity for the benefit of Fife’s children and young people but also to strengthen connections with organisations and communities.
Projects must be delivered in partnership with relevant organisations and can take place between April 2021 and March 2022.
We will showcase all the artistic works at the end of the project.
Information sessions are being held on 10 and 17 February at 3pm or 6pm. To book a place or for further information, email [email protected] or call Karen on 07732 604401.
Application deadline Monday 8 March 2021.
Welcome to another MINI MUSEUM TOUR exploring our permanent collection! This tour looks back at some of the objects and photographs from our rich mining heritage.
Check out the link below for some fascinating and terrifying insights into historic incidents and accidents that occured in and around Fife mines.
Thanks for this brilliantly read poem from the past.
Info for our other venues - libraries, galleries etc.
All of our festive opening times are available for all our open venues on our website: https://onfife.com/festive-opening-hours
This rare glimpse of women working for the coal industry was shared by earlier in December. Do you have family or friends that remember women working on these tasks? What was it like?
Pickers at the Michael Colliery, East Wemyss.
Most “pit brow lasses” were young women in their twenties, who had parents, brothers, or husbands also working in the mines. They stood at the picking tables inspecting the coal brought from the pit face, picking out lumps of dirt and rocks.
You can read more about women in mining here, thanks to the National Mining Museum Scotland
And there are hundreds of mining documents to explore in our archive
have started to compile an album of historic mining photos. They could use a bit of help identifying what's going on in the photos or the location. The link will take you to their amazing Flickr page and if you have any suggestions leave a comment on their Facebook post.
We need help from some mining experts and I think we have a few of those in Fife. This new album we have created on Flickr comes from a set of glass magic lantern slides that hadn't been scanned before. We believe that they were training slides but don't know where they came from. There is one picture of a pit but no name is assigned. Can you help? Some of the slides had handwritten labels and I have tried to decipher them but if I have guessed wrongly please let us know. Just click over to flickr
Morning 😊 today is "World kindness day" so have a good one!
have shared this great advice for family history researchers.
Read ThisThis is how to trace your family's war history - according to the expertsBy Group ReporterFriday, 6th November 2020, 8:15 amUpdated There is always great interest from people keen to find out about the military service of their forefathers.Modern technology means it has never been easier to...
Remembrance Day will be unusual this year like so many other things, but a wee look at the items we have in our display relating to the wars will help us to remember that we must not forget!
WELCOME TO ANOTHER MINI MUSEUM TOUR!
How about joining others online for a Remembrance Service available from 10.30am, on Sunday 8 November. Just go to:
This really informative video from highlights the destination for much of the linen manufactured in Kirkcaldy. So relevant to Levenmouth and Methil docks too 😃.
If you fancy a little Fife spooktacular for Halloween check out the link below. Be aware, it's intended for grownups!!
Grab a cuppa ☕️, sit back and enjoy our 2nd Mini Museum Tour from our permanent display - The Growth of Levenmouth.
It's great to see local history detective out sleuthing again! Easy to pass these by without a glance. Can you help them locate and identify any in our area?
Linen Mills and Millies at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week. Make a booking here:
ANNOUNCING 'Linen, Mills & Millies' will be at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week 🙌🏼 Local stories & images of Fife as well as the BIG REVEAL of our new Scottish Millies 💪
Can you help identify some of the unknown schools or dates for the new addition to their Flickr albums?
Despite continuing Covid restrictions has so much to offer. Museum, gallery, library and archive services are up and running in many of our venues. Check out the links below 😀
Just a reminder for everyone that you can find all the info you could possibly need about our services right now on our website. 😎
For online links: http://bit.ly/ONFifeTheatreLinks 🎭
Bookbugs: http://bit.ly/BookbugPlaylist 🐝
For visiting libraries info: https://bit.ly/VisitingYourLibrary 📔
For Connect and Collect info: https://bit.ly/Connect_and_Collect 📖
For Museums, Galleries and Local Studies info: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit 🗿
For general updates: https://onfife.com/news
If there's anything else, drop us a message! :)
I loved this story about a local Methil legend. The first live static rocket ejection seat test was undertaken by this guy 😲
A fantastic resource for local research topics and family history from Kirkcaldy Galleries 👍
Appointments are available today and tomorrow.
It's easy to book, just call 01592 583206.
LOCAL & FAMILY HISTORY 🌳
appointments available today and tomorrow!
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are sharing some photos of Methil and loads of other fab Fife photos via Flickr. You may have to sign up, but it’s free and a great way to share photos and videos.
Here's an addition to the Methil High Street Then & Now images thanks to . It is a very early photo of the Palace Cinema & East Dock Bar before the bank was built on the corner of Logie Street. I love that it simply says 'To The Pit' on the side of the cinema wall. When was the cinema built? It doesn't appear to be included on the 1905 OS map.
Here's a great resource to while away some time! The National Library of Scotland has some fantastic archive film footage of loads of places across Scotland. This link will take you to a bygone 1950s Methil and Buckhaven.
This film is protected by copyright and is provided for personal, private viewing only. Please use the Hire, buy or ask a question button to ask about obtaining a copy of this film or a licence to use it, or to ask about its copyright status.
Fantastic photo from . They have been featuring an eye opening 'women at work' series of photos on their FB page. Check it out.
Spotlight on women at work
These women pictured at East Wemyss are carrying large baskets with room for a very heavy load. Two of the women look elderly. I assumed they were workers in the fishing industry, am I right?
Looking for info on our libraries, museums, galleries, local studies or shows? Find links below to all the key info!
MUSEUMS/GALLERIES/LOCAL STUDIES: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit
THE ADVANTGE CAFE & BAR: https://www.onfife.com/venues/adam-smith-theatre/advantage-cafe-bar
SHOW STATUS (cancelled, postponed, new dates): http://www.onfife.com/showupdates
Any questions, drop us a message! Happy to help!
So great to have visitors entering our Museums and Galleries again!! The doors are open at Kirkcaldy Galleries, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries and St Andrews Museum. All are taking bookings and ready to welcome you in!
Our big three museums and galleries opened last week and we spoke to some of our visitors who were delighted to be back in Kirkcaldy Galleries! Visit www.onf...
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Here's an addition to the Methil High Street Then & Now images thanks to #MethilLibrary. It is a very early photo of the Palace Cinema & East Dock Bar before the bank was built on the corner of Logie Street. I love that it simply says 'To The Pit' on the side of the cinema wall. When was the cinema built? It doesn't appear to be included on the 1905 OS map. #ShineOnFife
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (11) Wellesley Road Our photographer is up the ladder again in the first photo, to get this high view point of the roof tops and chimneys above this quirky corner shop. Does that say Music Store or Music & Sports? If you know what this shop was selling back in the 1940s please let us know. All of the archive photos in this Spot The Difference series are shared thanks to #OnAtFifeArchives and #MethilLibrary. Some are available to purchase from #OnAtFifeArchives. #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #FifeArchivePhotos.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (9) I love this series of photos showing West High Street in Buckhaven from around the early 1900s to present. #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (7) Viewforth, Buckhaven. When taking these pictures it stuck me how much bigger the trees and shrubs had become around this area and how much effort has gone into creating a lovely outdoor space with much planting and landscaping to encourage wildlife 🦋🐝🐞 #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (4) Then & Now. WHAT CAN YOU SPOT that has remained the same? Having spent time exploring the wonderful old photos that were kindly provided by #MethilLibrary and #OnatFifeArchives I thought it was time to get on the ground and explore modern Methil and Buckhaven to try and find the exact spot (or as near as) where some of these old photos were taken. Although much has changed there are still many similarities. #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (3) Fife Council Offices, Library and Museum in College Street, Buckhaven. WHAT CAN YOU SPOT that has remained the same? #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (2) Lawrence Street, Buckhaven. WHAT CAN YOU SPOT that has remained the same? The archive photos are available from #OnatFifeArchives #ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos
I was recently chatting with my Dad about Methil, Buckhaven and Levenmouth in general. In time honoured tradition he ‘knew a song about that’! Described as a traditional Fife working or drinking song, 'Hey Ca’ Thro’' was a new one for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjDRtWVR_mI The link above will take you to a lovely, simple vocal version of the song and this wee video has the lyrics so that you can sing along!! I've paired them up with some fabulous archive photos of local people from a bygone era courtesy of #OnAtFifeArchives and #MethilLibrary. What are your favourite traditional Fife folk songs? #ShineOnFife #ScottishFolkSongs #FifeFolkSongs #TraditionalScottishMusic
The health benefits of immersion in creative moments are widely recognised so for International Men’s Health Week I thought I’d include this amazing photo of an artist engrossed in painting outdoors in the early 1900s. It must have been an unusual sight on the shore of Buckhaven harbour! Could it be one of the Scottish Colourists or one of the Glasgow Boys? Any suggestions please leave a comment! Thank you #OnatFifeArchives for the great photo. #ShineOnFife #ScottishColourists #Glasgowboys #Buckhaven
In response to our previous post these fabulous photos of the Buckhaven Beach Pavilion were sent in to us. Must have been a day like today ☀️ Thank you to Mr Rankin for allowing us to post these on our page. #ShineOnFife #BeachPavillion #1930s #Buckhaven
The month of May has been a fundraising month for the RNLI. To celebrate the invaluable service the #RoyalNationalLifeboatInstitution provide for our Fife shores and beyond, here is a selection of fabulous images from #ONatFifeArchives showing Buckhaven Harbour, the lifeboats and the crews from back in the day. Would love to hear more about these. Is there a local name for the gorgeous Gansey jumpers shown in some of these group photos? And how perfectly straight are those flat caps?! Please ‘like’ and ‘share’ our Page and our Posts and follow us on Facebook. These images are also available to purchase. Message for more details. #ShineOnFife #Gansey #Buckhaven
Museum Week DAY 7: The last day of Museum Week and the theme is #dreamsMW. Dreaming of being back together with friends and family. Dreaming that we will have our #ONFife doors open again soon. Following our grand tour of national and international museums we’re back in the Methil Heritage Centre with some images from the past to help us look forward to the future. #ShineOnFife #ONFife #Methil #Fife #museumweek
Not the best quality of video but you can still feel the sentiment behind it. Beacon lighting ceremony at Wellesley Parish Church, Methil such a beautiful tribute #wewillremember
It was great to have the kids of the P3 of Aberhill Primary School inaugurating our exhibition today! Here are some pictures of our guests engaging with the interactive part of SPAN and listening to Gary's stories on the mining times!
Great to have again Corra Foundation - Methil with us today! They had a walk around Lower Methil and then a brief talk by Mary with slideshow made by our Ray Nurse with images from our digital archive! See you next week for the fourth appointment with Methil's Story!
Explore the heritage of Methil and the surrounding Levenmouth area with permanent display, series of changing exhibitions and local studies area. We are situated in Lower Methil in the Old Post Office.
Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (S.W.A.C.S.The Haugh, Kirkcaldy
Glenrothes & Area Heritage CentreKingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes
Discover The World of The Sled DogEaster Kilwhiss Farm, Fenwick