St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum & Garden

St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum & Garden A social history museum in the heart of historic St. Andrews, dedicated to preserving the social history of the people and buildings in this vibrant town.
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The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent social history museum situated in a lovely 17th century house in the heart of the town’s old fisher quarter, a stone’s throw from both the Castle and the Cathedral.

Museum From HomeToday: Design A Sweetie Box 🍭🍬 Use our template to build your own sweetie box and get to designing! Have...
28/04/2020

Museum From Home

Today: Design A Sweetie Box 🍭🍬

Use our template to build your own sweetie box and get to designing!

Have a think about how you can make your "brand" stick out - you could use lots of bright colours or create a catchy catchphrase!

Remember to share your pictures with us 📸

There were twenty words in yesterday's word search 🤓How many did you manage to find?
27/04/2020

There were twenty words in yesterday's word search 🤓

How many did you manage to find?

The Trust hired it's first official museum curator in 1977. Mrs Keirsley promptly set about organising a card catalogue ...
27/04/2020

The Trust hired it's first official museum curator in 1977. Mrs Keirsley promptly set about organising a card catalogue system to keep track of our 20,100 items!

Take a look at some of them with our virtual tour:

https://standrewspreservationtrust.com/virtual-tours/

How many words can you find in this Trust-themed word search? 🧐Answers to follow tomorrow...
26/04/2020

How many words can you find in this Trust-themed word search? 🧐

Answers to follow tomorrow...

Don’t step on the PH!It stands for Patrick Hamilton, a martyr during Scotland’s Reformation (something for home-school H...
25/04/2020

Don’t step on the PH!

It stands for Patrick Hamilton, a martyr during Scotland’s Reformation (something for home-school History class, Seb?)

Students who stand on it are cursed to fail their exams. To reverse the curse they must dive into the sea during May Dip or run around the Quad eight times backwards.

Seb might be out for his daily exercise, but he’s not that keen!

Films play an important part in keeping us all entertained, more so now than ever! This got us thinking about St Andrews...
24/04/2020
Search Gallery

Films play an important part in keeping us all entertained, more so now than ever! This got us thinking about St Andrews and its fascinating history with cinema.

Did you know, in 1895 Thomas Edison's Kinetophone made its UK debut in St Andrews?! This was not only the first appearance of the moving image within St Andrews, but also the first showing in the UK of what we consider today as 'sound film'.

Explore the history of cinema in St Andrews by visiting:

👉 Our photographic archive tinyurl.com/cinemaStA
👉 Cinema St Andrews Map cinemastandrews.org.uk/st-andrews-map/

Bit bored during lockdown? Need some homeschooling ideas? We've got you covered with our Museum at Home Activities! Toda...
24/04/2020

Bit bored during lockdown? Need some homeschooling ideas? We've got you covered with our Museum at Home Activities!

Today: Coin Rubbing 🖍️

Share your cool coins and drawings with us in the comments below!

Our Aikman and Terras exhibit has some "old money" coins that are pretty different from what we use today.

Since we can't celebrate National Picnic Day in the usual way, we did what any self-respecting museum would do and had a...
23/04/2020

Since we can't celebrate National Picnic Day in the usual way, we did what any self-respecting museum would do and had a dig around in our photo archives instead...

An interesting choice of guest, c. 1928 🐄

Photographer and location unknown

You don’t have to travel far and wide to take cool pictures. Seb’s taken up photography in the Trust Museum and Gardens....
22/04/2020

You don’t have to travel far and wide to take cool pictures.

Seb’s taken up photography in the Trust Museum and Gardens. It’s a pretty flashy hobby to have, he thinks.

Have you been creative while the schools are off? Share your lovely pictures of St Andrews with us!

Foxgloves have two different names in Gaelic. In some places, they're known as 'meuran nam ban-síth' or 'the thimbles of...
22/04/2020

Foxgloves have two different names in Gaelic. In some places, they're known as 'meuran nam ban-síth' or 'the thimbles of the fairies' and in others they are 'meuran an duine mhairbh' or 'the thimble of the dead man'... Spooky!

Which suits them better?

With the lockdown we are working from home and focusing our attention on cataloguing the photographic archive. Here's ho...
21/04/2020

With the lockdown we are working from home and focusing our attention on cataloguing the photographic archive. Here's how we do this:

Our photographic archivist, Pat, has been caring for the Trust's photographs for over 25 years. A born and bred St Andrean, Pat uses her knowledge of the Town to create an index card for each photograph that is donated. The card tells us about the image, the photographer and the donor. We also record information about the condition of the photograph and give the photograph a unique, identifiable number.

The Curator or Collections Volunteer then takes this information and creates a record on our database, before scanning the image and uploading it to the record. The original image is then stored securely in a fireproof cabinet. Some of our photographs are more modern, like that shown, while others date as far back to the mid 19th century!

We have a backlog of photographs to be catalogued and in the last week we have processed around fifty!

Are you working from home? Maybe you are catching-up on your to-do list too during this time?

Today, Seb thought he’d take up cooking……just not with the chemist’s mortar and pestle, Seb!! Seb’s going to try to make...
20/04/2020

Today, Seb thought he’d take up cooking…

…just not with the chemist’s mortar and pestle, Seb!!

Seb’s going to try to make up a meal from what’s in the museum’s cupboards since we should only be shopping if it’s completely necessary.

Looks like it’s tea and biscuits for dinner then 🙈

If you're starting to feel a little uninspired for your daily exercise, here's something for you! Why not follow along w...
19/04/2020

If you're starting to feel a little uninspired for your daily exercise, here's something for you! Why not follow along with our tour of the fishing quarter and learn a bit more about the history of St Andrews? 🌞

This recent donation wouldn't look out of place on the film set of Harry Potter - can you guess what it is? No prizes fo...
19/04/2020

This recent donation wouldn't look out of place on the film set of Harry Potter - can you guess what it is?

No prizes for the correct answer, apart from the satisfaction of being right 🙂

Ahh! Seb ventured out towards Madras today. The flowers planted around town are always so pretty so Seb thought he’d go ...
18/04/2020

Ahh! Seb ventured out towards Madras today. The flowers planted around town are always so pretty so Seb thought he’d go in for a closer look... and is now being eaten by Triffids!!

Stay safe out there – from germs and teddy-bear-eating plants

At times like this it's important to have things to look forward to and, for us, that's being able to reopen our museum ...
17/04/2020

At times like this it's important to have things to look forward to and, for us, that's being able to reopen our museum and garden! 🌞 Since it's National Haiku Poetry Day, here's something we've been working on with that in mind...

Come to the garden
Smell, see, touch, admire the plants
Sunbeams on your face

Photo: StAPT Museum Hidden Gardens 2006

For StAnza 2020, the internationally recognised Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay installed poem-labels in the museum...
17/04/2020
alec finlay

For StAnza 2020, the internationally recognised Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay installed poem-labels in the museum garden. We think Alec was on to something with this label in particular!

You can enjoy more of Alec's amazing work on his website: https://www.alecfinlay.com/

Many people are turning to craft projects just now to keep the mind busy. Fisher-folk, like those that once lived at 12 ...
16/04/2020

Many people are turning to craft projects just now to keep the mind busy. Fisher-folk, like those that once lived at 12 North Street, were very talented at making their own clothes and furniture.

Women knitted Gansey jumpers, which were thick and tightly knitted to patterns peculiar to their own area. They also knitted thick socks and long sleeved vests. The clothes were made to keep the water out and the warmth in.

Rag rugs were made by the whole family. The men would make the frame, the children would cut old clothes into strips and the women would do the hooking. These would be colourful and have pride of place in front of the fireplace.

Meet some of the fishwives of St Andrews in our online gallery:

https://tinyurl.com/StAfishwife

Another one you won't find many of in our garden!The Gaelic for 'bramble' is 'dris' which is part of the turn of phrase,...
15/04/2020

Another one you won't find many of in our garden!

The Gaelic for 'bramble' is 'dris' which is part of the turn of phrase, 'cho chrosda ris an dris' - 'as angry as the bramble!'

That seems like it might come in useful for many of us who are working from home at the minute... 😂

Music is helping make lockdown more bear-able for Seb.Instead of going out for his exercise today Sebastian’s been havin...
15/04/2020

Music is helping make lockdown more bear-able for Seb.

Instead of going out for his exercise today Sebastian’s been having a boogie in the museum.

What are your favourite ways of staying fit inside whilst self-isolating?

St Andrews harbour is one of the most photographed locations in our archive and over 50 images of the harbour are now av...
14/04/2020

St Andrews harbour is one of the most photographed locations in our archive and over 50 images of the harbour are now available on our website! 👉 https://tinyurl.com/SAHarbour

As well as serving the fishing boats, the area has been home to a gasworks, sawmill, laundry and stables, to name but a few past industries.

What do you love most about the harbour?

In 1963, the Trust’s Annual Report passed judgement on the conservation work 12 North Street had undergone: ‘a suite of ...
13/04/2020

In 1963, the Trust’s Annual Report passed judgement on the conservation work 12 North Street had undergone: ‘a suite of rooms of outstanding interest and charm.’ That's what we like to hear!

Want to decide for yourself? Take a look at our new virtual tours:

https://archive.standrewspreservationtrust.co.uk/tours/vtour/

Seb loves reading and his hero is Paddington Bear! Deepest, darkest Peru seems a long way away from St Andrews but readi...
13/04/2020

Seb loves reading and his hero is Paddington Bear!

Deepest, darkest Peru seems a long way away from St Andrews but reading books lets Seb go on all sorts of adventures without having to leave his reading nook!

Have you been working through your reading list during lockdown?

Seb’s learning a bit about our permanent exhibition today. He recognises the cathedral’s shape but the scale model itsel...
11/04/2020

Seb’s learning a bit about our permanent exhibition today. He recognises the cathedral’s shape but the scale model itself has a cool history!

This is the Visurama made by Jack Inglis and it came to the museum in 1970.

The model was first shown off in a dramatic music and light show. Recreating that event from 50 years ago sounds like the perfect way to lift a bear’s spirits whilst safe inside!

Ihttps://www.britishpathe.com/video/caernarvon-castle-aka-scale-model-castles

Easter weekend is here and the norm would be to spend this time with family and friends visiting museums, gardens and to...
11/04/2020

Easter weekend is here and the norm would be to spend this time with family and friends visiting museums, gardens and towns like St Andrews. However, this year we are confined to barracks! Nevertheless, the Trust has been working hard to bring these special places to you. So............

We have some exciting news! 🥳 Today we have released over 800 images from our photographic archive for you to browse, search and enjoy!

https://tinyurl.com/staptarchives

We also felt this was the perfect time to offer virtual tours of the museum as well as some of the Trust's restored former properties.

https://tinyurl.com/staptvirtualtours

We would like to thank Museums Galleries Scotland, St Andrews Community Trust, Santander Universities, Smart History and students from the University of St Andrews for supporting this project.

There are some tweaks to be made and more images and information will be uploaded in due course, but we thought you would particularly appreciate these resources this Easter weekend!

Take care, stay safe and enjoy St Andrews from the comfort of your sofa.... for now! ✌️

Spotlight on some of our best friends for National Pet Day!Here's Ross the dog and David the pigeon who lived at West Pa...
11/04/2020

Spotlight on some of our best friends for National Pet Day!

Here's Ross the dog and David the pigeon who lived at West Park Hotel at St Mary's Place 🥳

We'd love to see some pets you think deserve some extra appreciation today!

Picture circa 1930's, photographer unknown.

Happy National Siblings Day! Here's to all the brothers and sisters out there who make the world a little brighter and e...
10/04/2020

Happy National Siblings Day! Here's to all the brothers and sisters out there who make the world a little brighter and everything - good and bad- that they taught us! 🥰

Photo: James and John Christie, of Christie Brothers Cycle Shop.

Photographer unknown.

You won't see many of these in our garden...The Gaelic for dandelion is 'lus nam mionnag' which has two possible transla...
08/04/2020

You won't see many of these in our garden...

The Gaelic for dandelion is 'lus nam mionnag' which has two possible translations: 'the plant of the crown' or 'the plant of the curse' 👑☠️

Conflicting descriptions! Which do you prefer?

Seb’s up to no good and adding in comments to our guest book – it doesn’t count if you live in the museum, Seb! Have you...
08/04/2020

Seb’s up to no good and adding in comments to our guest book – it doesn’t count if you live in the museum, Seb!

Have you visited us before? What was your favourite thing about the museum and gardens?

A face which might be familiar to you from behind the camera lense at our events: our terrific volunteer, Marysia 😊We as...
06/04/2020

A face which might be familiar to you from behind the camera lense at our events: our terrific volunteer, Marysia 😊

We asked her about her favourite spot in St Andrews:

'This has to be Westerlea aka Wardlaw Hall, on Kennedy Gardens. This was my childhood home from around the age of three or four until my mid teens. As my parents were the caretakers, I was fortunate to spend many happy years living there. The vast garden areas were my playground. Wandering around the old Victorian walled garden, I would happily chat to the gardeners and look at all the flowers and vegetables. No doubt that this is where the “seeds” and love of gardening were sown. Sad to say, this area was demolished in order to build the present Lumsden wing.'

We then asked her about her favourite memory of volunteering with the Trust:

'I have so many! However, I was extremely proud to receive on behalf of the STAPT, our Heritage Award 2018 from the judges of Beautiful Fife.'

Some lovely memories, and some lovely photos to go along with them! Here's Marysia collecting our award and again in the tower at Westerlea when she was wee 💞 Thank you for sharing these with us!

Seb’s ‘home office’ certainly has a pretty view… Today, Seb actually knuckled down to do some work and maintain a bit of...
06/04/2020

Seb’s ‘home office’ certainly has a pretty view…

Today, Seb actually knuckled down to do some work and maintain a bit of routine.

Seb’s thinking of all the people who have important jobs and still have to go outside to work and help the community.

Staying safe indoors doesn’t seem so bad after all.

A double-seater outdoor toilet such as the one on display in our museum garden was commonly shared by up to eight famili...
04/04/2020

A double-seater outdoor toilet such as the one on display in our museum garden was commonly shared by up to eight families! 🚽

Makes you grateful for modern plumbing, doesn't it?

Seb likes to keep his walks nearby the museum, so the Castle is a perfect spot to hit!Today, Seb learnt that the Castle ...
03/04/2020

Seb likes to keep his walks nearby the museum, so the Castle is a perfect spot to hit!

Today, Seb learnt that the Castle used to be the Bishop’s Palace and built to withstand all sorts sieges in medieval and early modern tims – it even has a special underground mine and tunnels!

Naturally, Seb thought he’d test out just how good these defences were and tried to break in but they were still too good. Foiled again!

Sebastian, our Trust mascot, is out of hibernation only to find the whole world on lockdown! Not to worry, he’ll be keep...
02/04/2020

Sebastian, our Trust mascot, is out of hibernation only to find the whole world on lockdown! Not to worry, he’ll be keeping busy.

First things first! Why not give a family member or friend a call? Seb’s not sure how to work FaceTime on the museums phone though…

It's a beautiful spring day here in St Andrews- perfect for more flower names!In Gaelic, bluebells are known as 'bróg na...
01/04/2020

It's a beautiful spring day here in St Andrews- perfect for more flower names!

In Gaelic, bluebells are known as 'bróg na cuthaige' which means 'the cuckoo's shoe' 🥿 We're not sure it would be very practical, but you would definitely look the part!

Have you heard the cuckoo yet this year?

Hi, I'm Grace! I have been volunteering with the Trust since the beginning of 2019- if I'm not in the museum, I'm probab...
30/03/2020

Hi, I'm Grace! I have been volunteering with the Trust since the beginning of 2019- if I'm not in the museum, I'm probably brainstorming social media content in the library...

My favourite volunteering memory is this year's StAnza exhibit: I got to trail around the gardens on a beautiful, sunny day enjoying all the poetry while taking photos and claiming I was working! Lovely way to spend an afternoon 🌞

Missing our museum as much as we are? We thought we would bring you some snippets to keep you going: keep an eye out for...
28/03/2020

Missing our museum as much as we are? We thought we would bring you some snippets to keep you going: keep an eye out for more over the next couple of months!

Did you know the current building at 12 North Street was built in the 17th century out of random rubble from other buildings?

It has no supporting walls or foundations but it's perfectly safe- we promise!

Sometimes a bit of fresh air and exercise can help a with a new, positive perspective in these scary times 🌈 Even though...
27/03/2020

Sometimes a bit of fresh air and exercise can help a with a new, positive perspective in these scary times 🌈

Even though you can’t visit us, we hope to bring a little of the museum to you in your homes!

Just remember — stay home, wash your hands, practice good distancing if you’re out. Stay safe!

On my walk today I popped in to the museum and saw some pretty things! Then on my walk home via the harbour I spotted a mass gathering on a roof top! The sound of the sea and the smell of the seaweed was just what I needed and made me feel better having got a bit sad for our deserted beautiful town

Any St Andreans interested in creating a diary for our museum archive similar to that in Dundee? We would love to keep a...
27/03/2020
Dundee City Archives

Any St Andreans interested in creating a diary for our museum archive similar to that in Dundee? We would love to keep a record of daily life in St Andrews during these exceptional times - see below for info & contact [email protected] for details on donating to our archive.

***We are looking for your help***
Would you like to help us record the experiences of Dundonians through this unprecedented period of time. Anyone can get involved. Just keep a diary. You can help historians of the future.

Read how you can help in our blog post.
https://dundeecityarchives.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/covid-19-recording-for-the-future/

Back again with some more Gaelic flower names...Daffodils, which you will find plenty of in our gardens, go by 'lus a' c...
26/03/2020

Back again with some more Gaelic flower names...

Daffodils, which you will find plenty of in our gardens, go by 'lus a' chrom-chinn' which means 'plant with the bowed head'! 🌞🌻

Step back in time and take a stroll through St Andrews in 1974 with this super video from the Moving Image Archive at Na...
25/03/2020
Full record for 'ST. ANDREWS BY THE NORTHERN SEA' (2247) - Moving Image Archive catalogue

Step back in time and take a stroll through St Andrews in 1974 with this super video from the Moving Image Archive at National Library of Scotland.

Recognise any famous faces? Perhaps you'll even spot yourself!

https://tinyurl.com/r32rncx

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.

Someone enjoyed exploring our gardens over the weekend 🌞Say hello to Benni, our curator's jackadoodle! This Maypole Dair...
24/03/2020

Someone enjoyed exploring our gardens over the weekend 🌞

Say hello to Benni, our curator's jackadoodle!

This Maypole Dairy mosaic used to grace the steps of their St Andrews branch- one of over 1,000 by 1926!

Say hello to our fantastic volunteer coordinator, Karen. She is one of the powerhouses who keeps the Trust running and m...
22/03/2020

Say hello to our fantastic volunteer coordinator, Karen. She is one of the powerhouses who keeps the Trust running and makes our work possible!

We asked her about her favourite thing in the museum:

'I am not sure if I have a favourite object in the museum but I do like the permanent exhibitions as it shows life as it was in the area of the town near to where I now live. There are things in the Aikman and Terras exhibit that remind me of my childhood and shopping with my mother. I also love the gardens as they are a peaceful haven and so beautifully looked after by some of the other volunteers.'

Thank you for everything, Karen 😊

Address

12 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PW

General information

The museum is next open to the public in February 2019, however it is possible to visit by appointment - just contact the curator. Admission to exhibitions is free although donations are welcome. We are a small, independent museum and receive no funding from the local authority. A free guide leaflet is available in Several languages. The Museum is a listed building and while every effort has been made to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, the Museum is currently not wheelchair accessible. However, after descending two steps, the permanent exhibition area and the gardens are all on one level.

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The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent social history museum. We are situated in a lovely 17th century house in the heart of the town’s old fisher quarter, a stone’s throw from both the Castle and the Cathedral. As a part of the St Andrews Preservation Trust, we are dedicated to keeping the history of our town and people alive and thriving. We have an extensive garden that’s lovingly maintained by our volunteers, community events, and of course a fantastic (and varied) collection of a whole host of curiosities donated by townspeople.

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