St Andrews Museum

St Andrews Museum MUSEUM, CAFÉ, GALLERY & SHOP in a 19th century mansion house surrounded by beautiful Kinburn Park near St Andrews town centre. Free admission | Free WiFi
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It’s all going ON at St Andrews Museum - a stunning Victorian mansion nestled in the grounds of Kilnburn Park. We have a lively series of temporary exhibitions and a regular programme of talks, concerts and children’s workshops. Also home to a lovely cafe overlooking the grounds - well worth a wee trip! Free admission and Wifi - a great cheap day out for the whole family that's both educational and fun! At the museum you can enjoy an A to Z of St Andrews, our Kilburn Art Galleries and well stocked Museum Shop.

Leuchars and the advent of technology.
31/05/2020

Leuchars and the advent of technology.

These two photos show the same street scene in Leuchars. They aren't dated, but the railway first came in 1848.
What does separate these two images is the advance of technology. The older one on the left shows a dirt road, and the buildings either side of Main Street are hotels or inns, offering stabling for horses.
By the time of the second photo, there are street lights, telegraph poles, and the stables have given way to garages.
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ONFife and Shell announce Fife’s biggest annual arts competition, Fife Art Exhibition 2020, will still go ahead in 2020 ...
30/05/2020

ONFife and Shell announce Fife’s biggest annual arts competition, Fife Art Exhibition 2020, will still go ahead in 2020 with a new theme of Coast and Waters!

ONFife and sponsors Shell are taking entry for the competition online which you can find out more about here:
http://onfife.com/museums-galleries/fifeart
Or call 01592 583255 for further information.

Plans are under way for it to be a ‘virtual’ show online if it is not possible for the show to be held in Rothes Halls in Oct/Nov.

The six works judged best will be purchased by Shell and presented to Fife hospitals and healthcare facilities, while each of the winning artists will receive a Shell award of £200.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 7 September and you can find all the T's and C's here: http://onfife.com/museums-galleries/fifeart

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Commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute for the provost of the town of St Andrews, Fife, this weighty chain has it all ...
29/05/2020

Commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute for the provost of the town of St Andrews, Fife, this weighty chain has it all – gold, silver, gorgeous enamelling, Scotland’s patron saint himself, the boar and oak tree of the city arms.

#BestBling #CURATORBATTLE #ShineOnFife

This odd looking contraption is a pick counter. It’s part of our huge collection of items relating to the Dunfermline li...
29/05/2020

This odd looking contraption is a pick counter. It’s part of our huge collection of items relating to the Dunfermline linen industry. It has an adjustable magnifying lens and was used to determine the thread density (pick count) of woven fabric. Pick counters are still used in the textile industry but they look very different to this elegant, brass instrument.

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29/05/2020
A Poem a Day Keeps the Virus Away

A delightful reminder of days gone by. Happy listening 🙂#ShineOnFife

Happy memories of a bygone age...if ye mind o The Fifie, come aboard and self isolate wi me!

Great coverage from Fife Today! We'd love for you to get involved in ONFife's #FifeInLockdown project. 🤗The aim is to cr...
28/05/2020
Project to record Fife's lockdown experiences for prosperity

Great coverage from Fife Today! We'd love for you to get involved in ONFife's #FifeInLockdown project. 🤗
The aim is to create a permanent archive that will serve as an important resource for research, exhibitions and learning in the future! 📸🎥🗄

To take part you can fill in an anonymous survey here 🗒🖋
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KCHDLBT
or email [email protected] for more information! 👍

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Fifers urged to get involved by contributing material or taking part in an anonymous survey

A little addition to our earlier Joan Eardley post. Fancy a wee Wednesday challenge? Have some fun and get creative #Shi...
27/05/2020

A little addition to our earlier Joan Eardley post. Fancy a wee Wednesday challenge? Have some fun and get creative #ShineOnFife #WednesdayWorks #JoanEardley

This week #GraysonsArtClub explored the cliche 'Home is where the heart is'. In these times of lockdown and isolation, are we inspired by finding the beauty in the every day? 🎨🏠

His guest, Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs, commented that objects and our environment should bring out the best of us....the core of us. You could say that Catterline did that for Joan Eardley. Her home environment provided her with continual inspiration. "The more I know of a place, the more I know a particular spot, the more I find to paint in that particular spot".

The inspiration for National Galleries of Scotland's home activities this week is a personal drawing of Joan Eardley's kitchen sink and cupboard! The challenge is to look again at your surroundings and take part in drawing exercises, sketchbook-making, and story-telling. 👉 http://ow.ly/p0Ie50zdIpS 🎨🖍🍴🥣

On Art UK's website, 'The Fireplace' and 'Washing Line' are lovely examples of Eardley's vibrant response to the every day. So, looking afresh at our homes and in response to one of the National Galleries' creative challenges this week, here are 1 minute, 3 minutes, and 10-minute responses to a personal fireplace. We'd love to see your quick sketches of your 'home' views! Please share in the comments below👇

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Art UK images:
Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)
© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

The Fireplace (verso)
oil on canvas c. 1955
Perth & Kinross Council

Washing on Line
pen & ink on paper c. 1959
Aberdeen Art Gallery

Just thought we'd share this to cheer everyone up. Beautiful! Thank you St Andrews Botanic Garden #ShineOnFife
27/05/2020

Just thought we'd share this to cheer everyone up. Beautiful! Thank you St Andrews Botanic Garden #ShineOnFife

It’s doorstep Sunday! Have you seen any of these plants on your neighbourhood adventures? There’s nothing more exciting right now than to stumble across a beautiful wild flower in bloom.. especially excited about the start of the orchid season!

#doorstepbotany #urbanbotany #natureonyourdoorstep #plentyinbloom #nativeflowers #wildflowers #orchids #nature #keepingsane #plantsmakepeoplehappy #nomowmay

Another fantastic painting from our amazing fine art collection, the stunning and atmospheric Breaking Wave by Joan Eard...
27/05/2020

Another fantastic painting from our amazing fine art collection, the stunning and atmospheric Breaking Wave by Joan Eardley. Looking forward to the next one #ShineOnFife #WednesdayWorks #JoanEardley

Today in Wednesday Works the work of artist Joan Eardley serves as inspiration. Born in the month of May 99 years ago, she is considered one of the greatest modern post-war painters. 🖼🎨

'Breaking Wave' was purchased in 1973 and is in the care of ONFife Collections. It shows the shore at Catterline and demonstrates how well Joan Eardley could capture the power and freedom of the sea. 🌬🌊

Joan chose to settle in the remote fishing village of Catterline in the north east of Scotland in 1950. It was a small, close-knit community away from fast-paced Glasgow where she painted the street life of kids. With no electricity, no running water, her rented cottage, 'The Watchie', was very basic. But Eardley thrived here. Catterline gave her the isolation necessary to pursue her artistic vision. She painted the fields behind her cottage and the sea and shoreline below, repeatedly, in all seasons. In Breaking Wave she references her neighbours' work; the familiar sights of fishing net poles, salmon nets, and creels.

Joan Eardley loved to paint directly from Nature, especially when the weather was stormy. She would brace herself against the elements, often lashing her canvas to the easel, in a similar way to William McTaggart. You'll even see sand and dirt from the shore mixed up in the paint! Her response to the turbulent weather and to the vastness of the land and sea around Catterline, is a vital force that resonates with us today. She said, "I believe in the emotion that you get from what your eyes show you and what you feel about certain things."

Joan Eardley sadly died from cancer in 1963, aged 42, and her ashes are scattered along the shoreline. Her final resting place.

Here's a short video from National Galleries of Scotland's archives celebrating Joan Eardley and giving great insight into the home and environment that influenced her great works 👉https://bit.ly/2ZJkL9w 🎥

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Art UK image:
Breaking Wave, oil on board
by Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)
© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2020.

One of a pair, these glamorous little booties are definitely #FabulousFootwear. They are Chinese silk, embroidered with ...
22/05/2020

One of a pair, these glamorous little booties are definitely #FabulousFootwear. They are Chinese silk, embroidered with flowers - we don’t think they were made for walking!

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Great to see one of our many works by S J Peploe getting some attention. If you want to see the painting in the flesh co...
21/05/2020

Great to see one of our many works by S J Peploe getting some attention. If you want to see the painting in the flesh come and visit our Up in Smoke exhibition when we re-open. In the meantime, why not have a look at them on the ArtUK website #ShineOnFife

My Favourite Scottish Work of Art with Michael Portillo

For the second in our series 'My Favourite Scottish Work of Art', British broadcaster and former politician Michael Portillo has chosen an enigmatic self-portrait by the Scottish Colourist S J Peploe.

In his selection, the railway-lover reminisces on his Kircaldy-born grandfather's collection of art, which was overwhelmingly Scottish and put Peploe pride of place.

"I have chosen a self-portrait of Peploe simply in order to deploy my grandfather’s assessment of him “Peploe was a great man, his pictures are the ardent outpourings of a great heart and a great mind - to live with them is a sheer delight.”"

Read more of Portillo's own words on his favourite on our website https://www.flemingcollection.com/scottish_art_news/news-press/my-favourite-scottish-work-of-art-michael-portillo.

Image: Samuel John Peploe, Self Portrait, c. 1910. Courtesy Fife Cultural Trust (Kirkcaldy Galleries) on behalf of Fife Council.

Kittens and a puppy are on the rampage in this 1930s sign in our Collections Centre which advertises Kirkcaldy linoleum....
20/05/2020

Kittens and a puppy are on the rampage in this 1930s sign in our Collections Centre which advertises Kirkcaldy linoleum. Even back then advertisers were using cute animals in their marketing. Cats or dogs - which do you prefer?

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Many happy returns to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries!
18/05/2020

Many happy returns to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries!

#LockdownBirthdayDCLG
More lockdown birthday fun, but maybe you can do better? Send us your captions! #ShineONFife

Happy Birthday Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries!
18/05/2020

Happy Birthday Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries!

#LockdownBirthdayDCLG
Like many of you we're enjoying a lockdown birthday! Can you believe it is just three years today since we reopened to the public after renovation? Just like the Queen there will be two celebrations - and we are hoping we can welcome you to the party in September ( the anniversary of the opening ceremony). But in the meantime we had some fun imagining what the residents of the Galleries are up to during lockdown...but what do YOU think Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie are saying? #ShineONFife

17/05/2020
Museum Week #DreamsMW

Here we are on Day 7 of #MuseumWeek2020. The topic is #DreamsMW. Our galleries' and museums' teams are dreaming of opening their doors and sharing fascinating collections, exhibitions and beautiful buildings and views with you again.

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On day 6 of #MuseumWeek2020 we celebrate #TechnologyMW.We have some fabulous gadgets and gizmos in our collection, as we...
16/05/2020

On day 6 of #MuseumWeek2020 we celebrate #TechnologyMW.

We have some fabulous gadgets and gizmos in our collection, as well as some everyday marvels we couldn’t live without. Which are these? Can you name the two technological triumphs shown in our mix up? Comment below and we’ll post the answers next week.

#TechnologyMW #MuseumWeekn #MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumTechnology #ShineOnFife

We're totally into upcycling, but perhaps these guys need a bigger boat?! For day 5 of #MuseumWeek we're thinking about ...
15/05/2020

We're totally into upcycling, but perhaps these guys need a bigger boat?! For day 5 of #MuseumWeek we're thinking about climate change #climateMW 'Three Men in a Tub' was painted by John Johnstone (born Forfar 1941), a Dundee-based artist working in the figurative style. See more of his work in the ONFife collection at https://artuk.org/
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We have lots of objects from all over the world in the museum collections. This 19th century Japanese netsuke is carved ...
14/05/2020

We have lots of objects from all over the world in the museum collections. This 19th century Japanese netsuke is carved from ivory. You could think of netsuke as very glamorous ‘toggles’. They were used to fasten small items, such as a purse or a tobacco pouch, to the sash of the kimono. Most were tiny – just a few centimetres. Think how skilled the craftsmen must have been. #ShineOnFife #MuseumFromHome

14/05/2020
#MuseumMomentsMW at St Andrews Museum

The fourth day of #MuseumWeek is #MuseumMomentsMW. We’ve made a little slideshow of some of our favourite moments at St Andrews Museum, but we’d love to see any photos you have from your visits – and look forward to welcoming you back for more shared moments soon!
#MuseumMomentsMW
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Really miss being #togetherMW.  Friends at the Lammas Market sometime in the 1980s. #MuseumWeek #ShineOnFife
13/05/2020

Really miss being #togetherMW. Friends at the Lammas Market sometime in the 1980s. #MuseumWeek #ShineOnFife

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #heroes. Who are your heroes from past to present day?This photo features Elizabeth Kendzia...
11/05/2020

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #heroes. Who are your heroes from past to present day?

This photo features Elizabeth Kendzia, Red Cross driver with Polish servicemen in Leven, 1942.

#HeroesMW
#ThankyouKeyWorkers
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11/05/2020
Art-Tastic Competition 1 Winner

**ART-TASTIC COMPETITION WINNER** Congratuations to David Melville for winning the prize draw. Thank you to all who entered and better luck next time. Look for our next call out for captions to be included in the exhibition ART-TASTIC. The Exhibitions Team is working hard on getting this family friendly exhibition ready for when we our doors are open again.

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Begin this week with Rembrandt and Vermeer and other masters from the Dutch Golden Age. Take a virtual tour of Rijksmuse...
11/05/2020
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands — Google Arts & Culture

Begin this week with Rembrandt and Vermeer and other masters from the Dutch Golden Age. Take a virtual tour of Rijksmuseum.

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Google Arts & Culture features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

St Andrews Museum's cover photo
10/05/2020

St Andrews Museum's cover photo

Next week is #MuseumWeek. Our doors may be closed but we're still thinking of you.  Follow us to join in with #HeroesMW ...
10/05/2020

Next week is #MuseumWeek. Our doors may be closed but we're still thinking of you. Follow us to join in with #HeroesMW on Monday 11 May, #CultureInQuarantineMW on Tuesday, #togetherMW, Wednesday, #MuseumMomentsMW Thursday, #climateMW on Friday, #TechnologyMW Saturday and #dreams on Sunday 17 May.

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10/05/2020

St Andrews Museum's cover photo

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10/05/2020

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10/05/2020

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Here are pictures of the smoking objects used in yesterday's Museum Mix-up – and the answers to our quiz:Easy – pipes (t...
08/05/2020

Here are pictures of the smoking objects used in yesterday's Museum Mix-up – and the answers to our quiz:

Easy – pipes (these are usually made from various types of wood, older ones were made from clay)
Harder – the people are travelling by boat
Bonus – tobacco was introduced to Britain in the late 16th century

Coming in on "This Flight Tonight" for #BestBird we have the front cover of Loud 'n' Proud', the 1973 album by rock band...
07/05/2020

Coming in on "This Flight Tonight" for #BestBird we have the front cover of Loud 'n' Proud', the 1973 album by rock band Nazareth, formed in Dunfermline, Fife in 1968 and still recording and touring today.

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This week’s Museum Mix-up comes from Up in Smoke, our latest exhibition about the history of smoking, curated by Museums...
07/05/2020

This week’s Museum Mix-up comes from Up in Smoke, our latest exhibition about the history of smoking, curated by Museums Studies students at St Andrews University. Find out more at https://upinsmokeexhibition.home.blog/

Easy – what kind of smoking object can you see nestling in its case?
Harder – what are the people on the tin travelling in?
Bonus question – can you tell us which century tobacco was introduced to Britain?
@upinsmokeexhibition #ShineOnFife

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Eden Art St Andrews is running some interesting painting courses in April. One is painting in the style of Peploe ,one of the scottish colourists. There will also be a gallery visit and talk about the Peploes at Kirckaldy gallery. Have a look at the website to find out full details.