Methil Heritage Centre

Methil Heritage Centre ON at Methil Heritage Centre since 1991 | Exhibitions | Local History | Events Explore the heritage of Methil and the surrounding Levenmouth area with permanent display, series of changing exhibitions and local studies area.
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Operating as usual

26/10/2020
On at Fife Archives

This really informative video from #onatfifearchives highlights the destination for much of the linen manufactured in Kirkcaldy. So relevant to Levenmouth and Methil docks too πŸ˜ƒ.

#BlackHistoryMonth #linen #ShineOnFife

In the 1700s, handloom weavers in parts of Fife made hundreds of thousands of yards of linen. Who was it made for and where did it go?

#BlackHistoryMonth #ShineOnFife

If you fancy a little Fife spooktacular for Halloween check out the link below.  Be aware, it's intended for grownups!!
24/10/2020

If you fancy a little Fife spooktacular for Halloween check out the link below. Be aware, it's intended for grownups!!

Look out for an intriguing investigation into the paranormal this Halloween - https://www.onfife.com/shineon/paranormal-activity!

Leanord Low, author of 5 published books - The Weem Witch, Untold Stories of Largo, Untold Stories of St Andrews, Scotlands Untold Stories and The Battle of St Monans - will take you through a thorough and sensible examination of the supernatural with his partner in crime Roger Wilson in their 45 minute film from 8pm 30 October!

#ShineOnFife

23/10/2020

Grab a cuppa β˜•οΈ, sit back and enjoy our 2nd Mini Museum Tour from our permanent display - The Growth of Levenmouth.

It's great to see #onatfifearchives local history detective out sleuthing again!   Easy to pass these by without a glanc...
16/10/2020

It's great to see #onatfifearchives 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?

#ShineONFife #ordnancesurvey

Local History Detective - He is Back!
Have you ever seen one of these Ordnance Survey benchmarks while out and about in Fife?

(The Arrowhead or 'crowsfoot' was marked on most military equipment in Britain for centuries) The army also made all the maps for the government too!

Benchmarks were fixed points used to calculate the height above sea level. The first systematic network of levelling lines and benchmarks was initiated in 1840, but some benchmarks date back to 1831.

Mostly this simple shape was replicated in a standard way, but some of these are quite different.

Please do share with us any interesting ones you have seen.

#ShineOnFife

14/10/2020

We're bringing our permanent display out to meet you with this series short videos. We hope these mini museum tours will take you back in time and showcase some of the fantastic objects from our social history.

The links below will take you to some additional information about some of the objects on display via #TheScottishAntiquriesSociety 's open source archive.

Henshall 1963 - Ashgrove Cist Burials.
http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8656/8624
Marshall 1977 - Carved Stone Balls
http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8959/8927
Todd 2006 - Carved Stone Balls
http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/9674/9641

#Shineonfife #Bronzeage #Ancientfife #Fifehistory

Linen Mills and Millies at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week. Make a booking here:https://onfife.com/venues/kirkcaldy-galler...
14/10/2020

Linen Mills and Millies at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week. Make a booking here:

https://onfife.com/venues/kirkcaldy-galleries

ANNOUNCING 'Linen, Mills & Millies' will be at Kirkcaldy Galleries next week πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Local stories & images of Fife as well as the BIG REVEAL of our new Scottish Millies πŸ’ͺ #kirkcaldygalleries #community #shineonfife #newdisplay #ourlinenstories #freeevent #makingmillies #journeysindesign

Can you help #onatfifearchives identify some of the unknown schools or dates for the new addition to their Flickr albums...
12/10/2020
On at Fife Archives

Can you help #onatfifearchives identify some of the unknown schools or dates for the new addition to their Flickr albums?
#ShineOnFife

It's Monday morning and we have another addition to our Flickr page to tell you about. This time we have added our Spotlight on Children and schools photographs and quite a few of them are unknown schools or unknown dates. If you have any information you are willing to share you can comment on the bottom of each photograph on Flickr. Next week we will be looking at Transport again.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/onfifearchives/albums
#ShineOnFife

Despite continuing Covid restrictions #ONFife has so much to offer.  Museum, gallery, library and archive services are u...
12/10/2020

Despite continuing Covid restrictions #ONFife 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 πŸ˜€
#ShineOnFife

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 πŸ“”

For Connect and Collect info: https://bit.ly/Connect_and_Collect πŸ“–

For Museums, Galleries and Local Studies info: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit πŸ—Ώ

For general updates: https://onfife.com/news

If there's anything else, drop us a message! :)

#ShineOnFife

22/09/2020
ONFife

If you didn't get a chance to visit the #BloomingMarvellous exhibition at Methil Heritage Centre before lockdown, you'll now find it at Kirkcaldy Galleries. They have some fantastic additional objects and new activities. It's a great day out and a family friendly trip!🌺

To book a visit go to https://onfife.com/venues/kirkcaldy-galleries

#Shineonfife

Blooming Marvellous is open 10 - 4 today so why not enjoy a visit?

Find out more: https://bit.ly/BloomingMarvellousKGalleries

#ShineOnFife #LoveFifeAgain

I loved this story about a local Methil legend.  The first live static rocket ejection seat test was undertaken by this ...
16/09/2020

I loved this story about a local Methil legend. The first live static rocket ejection seat test was undertaken by this guy 😲

Thank you #Levenmouth

#Shineonfife #locallegends #ejectionseat #testpilot

π—Ÿπ—˜π—©π—˜π—‘π— π—’π—¨π—§π—› π—Ÿπ—˜π—šπ—˜π—‘π——π—¦: 𝗗𝗒𝗗𝗗𝗬 𝗛𝗔𝗬

Doddy Hay was a daredevil.

An airman, parachutist, sportsman, writer, and a casually fearless guinea pig in the development of the ejector seat, Doddy spent the later years of his life living in the Swan Court flats in Lower Methil.

He enjoyed a tipple, and old regulars of Lower Methil pubs such as the Empire Bar may well recall his affable manner and old-school charm.

Doddy wrote a number of books, including an in-depth guide to bullfighting, a tourist guide to Norway and a short novel (β€˜Hit The Silk’) about a young lad’s unlikely rise to the ranks of the British competitive parachuting team.

But, in this life of great adventure, perhaps his most spectacular achievement was to be strapped – willingly, would you believe? – into a very early prototype of the rocket-powered aircraft ejection seat.

Doddy was part of an elite band of ejection β€œtest pilots” employed by the Martin-Baker company, still the world’s leading maker of ejection seats.

In 1961, they performed the world’s first β€˜0-0’ ejection – that’s zero altitude, zero speed. In other words, they sat the ejection seat on the ground and fired it, like a firework, up into the air.

Doddy Hay was the β€˜Man in the Hot Seat’ (the title of the book he would later write about his experiences) – propelling him into the aviation history books.

Martin-Baker says more than 7,600 people have been saved by the device which Doddy risked life and limb to create.

Not a bad legacy for a true Levenmouth Legend.

A fantastic resource for local research topics and family history from Kirkcaldy Galleries πŸ‘ Appointments are available ...
16/09/2020

A fantastic resource for local research topics and family history from Kirkcaldy Galleries πŸ‘

Appointments are available today and tomorrow.
It's easy to book, just call 01592 583206.

LOCAL & FAMILY HISTORY 🌳
appointments available today and tomorrow!

Call us on 01592 583206
or book online πŸ‘‡ [email protected]/bookings/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/[email protected]/bookings/

#ShineOnFife

#OnAtFifeArchives are sharing some photos of Methil and loads of other fab Fife photos via Flickr. You may have to sign ...
13/09/2020
ONFife Archives’s albums | Flickr

#OnAtFifeArchives 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.

#shineonfife

01/09/2020

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

Here's a great resource to while away some time!  The National Library of Scotland has some fantastic archive film foota...
24/08/2020
Full record for 'BUCKHAVEN AND METHIL' (3640) - Moving Image Archive catalogue

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.

https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/3640?search_term=methil&search_join_type=AND&search_fuzzy=yes

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 #OnatFifeArchives.  They have been featuring an eye opening 'women at work' series of photos on the...
22/08/2020

Fantastic photo from #OnatFifeArchives. They have been featuring an eye opening 'women at work' series of photos on their FB page. Check it out.

#ShineOnFife #Womenatwork

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?

#ShineOnFife

ONFife
22/08/2020

ONFife

Looking for info on our libraries, museums, galleries, local studies or shows? Find links below to all the key info!

LIBRARIES: https://onfife.com/libraries-archives/limited-browsing

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!

#ShineOnFife

21/08/2020
ONFife

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!

Wondering whether you'll feel safe returning to our museums and galleries again?
Watch our short video to hear how Sheila, Dorothy and Joan felt visiting Kirkcaldy Galleries last week! (Big thanks to all 3 for agreeing to talk to us on camera) πŸŽ₯

Once you've decided you want to join us in one of our museums, galleries or local studies again, book a visit with us here: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit

#ShineOnFife #LoveFifeAgain

ONFife
12/08/2020

ONFife

What an eventful night βš‘οΈπŸ’¦βš‘οΈπŸ’¦βš‘οΈ. We hope everyone's safe and dry!

It's the first day back for lots for Fifers. Good luck to everyone going back to school today and WELCOME BACK to Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries!! From today, you can visit them and use the Local Studies service. You do have to book and you'll find forms to do that on our website: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit

Here's some of what we're doing online today:

10am: Join ONFife Virtual LibrarYAY for a Goldilocks and the Bears Family Dance Session.

12noon: St Andrews Museum are sharing a dreamy view of Dysart Harbour by Samuel Bough (1822-1878) as part of their #BeautifulScotland series.

2pm: Follow Fife Libraries for cracking recommendations from some top crime authors.

4pm: Isobel is baking Malteaser Slice with ONFife Virtual LibrarYAY - #YUM!

6.50: Join ONFife Film Club, watch ROCKFIELD: THE STUDIO ON THE FARM and have a chat about it afterwards!

Have a wonderful Wednesday Fife!

#ShineOnFife

07/08/2020
ONFife

ONFife

*MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES NEWS*

From Wednesday 12th August you will be able to visit the museums and galleries in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Kirkcaldy Galleries and St Andrews Museum again. Don't forget to bring your booking confirmation or some form of ID with you when visit us.

Have a watch of our video with Tracy who will show and tell you more about how it's all going to work and find out more on our website here: https://www.onfife.com/Bookmuseumvisit

#ShineOnFife

Light towards the end of the lockdown tunnel for some of our OnFife venues!#ShineOnFfie
05/08/2020

Light towards the end of the lockdown tunnel for some of our OnFife venues!

#ShineOnFfie

Our 'big three’ ONFife museums and galleries are re-opening on the following dates:

Monday 3rd August St Andrews Museum re-opened and you can book a time for a visit here: https://bit.ly/StAndrewsMuseum_BOOK

Wednesday 12th August Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries re-open!

Wednesday 12th August is also the date our Local Studies service will be available at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, and also the Archives Room at the Collections Centre, Bankhead.

While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the buildings at one time is limited so are operating a booking system that gives you an allocated timeslot. To find out more, and to book a visit, please click the link to the museum you would like to visit or the service you want to use.

#LoveFifeAgain #WelcometoFife #ShineOnFife

The first of our museums opened today πŸ₯³#StAndrewsMuseum's doors are open!!!!Check out the details below to book a visit....
03/08/2020

The first of our museums opened today πŸ₯³

#StAndrewsMuseum's doors are open!!!!

Check out the details below to book a visit.

#ShineOnFife

We are delighted to be inviting you back into St Andrews Museum!

While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the building at one time is limited and we will be operating a booking system.
From Monday, 3 August, you can book online for a one-hour visit to the museum. If you have any special requirements, please let us know in advance.

When visiting, we ask that all customers:
- Bring your appointment email or another form of identification
- Wear a face covering

Book your slot with them here: https://bit.ly/StAndrewsMuseum_BOOK

#LoveFifeAgain #WelcometoFife #ShineOnFife

03/08/2020
ONFife

From tomorrow #OnatFifeLibraries will be extending their services.

#ShineOnFife

We are very excited to announce that from this Wednesday, we'll be able to welcome you back into our libraries. We will be following the Scottish Government's public health guidelines to keep you safe and there will be some changes to the way you can use the library. We can't wait to see you all again in person.

More information: https://onfife.com/libraries-archives/limited-browsing

#ShineOnFife

02/08/2020
ONFife

πŸ₯³

We are very excited to announce that from Wednesday 5 August, we'll be able to welcome you back into our libraries. To keep you safe, there will be some changes to the way you can use the library and we will be following the Scottish government's public health guidelines. We can't wait to see you all again in person. Stay tuned for more information!

#ShineOnFife

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (13)Up and down Church StreetBig changes in this street. A couple of key features still remain.#Shin...
01/08/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (13)

Up and down Church Street

Big changes in this street. A couple of key features still remain.

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #FifeArchivePhotos

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (12)Wellesley Road at Toll ParkThis was one of the most difficult photos to identify. The street was...
01/08/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (12)

Wellesley Road at Toll Park

This was one of the most difficult photos to identify. The street wasn't named and much has changed. There is only one strong feature that makes me think this is the right spot. Can you see it?

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #FifeArchivePhotos

31/07/2020

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! (10)West Wynd, Buckhaven.It looks like water in the foreground of this photo.  Was the harbour stil...
31/07/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (10)

West Wynd, Buckhaven.

It looks like water in the foreground of this photo. Was the harbour still there when this shot was taken?

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #ArchivephotosofFife

31/07/2020

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! (8)Then & Now Buckhaven Beach!Intrigued by the distant hill in the archive photo on the right of th...
30/07/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (8)

Then & Now Buckhaven Beach!

Intrigued by the distant hill in the archive photo on the right of the picture! There was no sign of it today. Any suggestions?

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos

30/07/2020

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 πŸ¦‹πŸπŸž

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (6)Then & Now on Methil High Street.Many similarities in this photo but one obvious omission!When w...
30/07/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (6)

Then & Now on Methil High Street.
Many similarities in this photo but one obvious omission!

When was the Palace Cinema demolished? What was the last film shown there?

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (5)College Street, Buckhaven.Whilst trying to find the same spot as the original photographers I re...
29/07/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! (5)

College Street, Buckhaven.

Whilst trying to find the same spot as the original photographers I realise that the view point is very often elevated well above street level. I was up on a wall to get as much height as I could for this picture πŸ₯΅ and it still wasn't anywhere near high enough. Would photographers have taken a long ladder around with them to get a better shot?

#ShineOnFife #Methil #Buckhaven #Archivephotos

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