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.

18/06/2020
Drochaid

Everyone recognises the bridge on the Old Course in St Andrews, but fewer people know it's called the 'Swilcan Bridge'! It was built at least seven hundred years ago for shepherds to take their flocks across the river 🐑

The Gaelic for 'bridge' is 'drochaid', and you can learn how to pronounce it below!

When fisher folk occupied the east end of St Andrews, homes were divided up into rooms with a whole family living in eac...
15/06/2020

When fisher folk occupied the east end of St Andrews, homes were divided up into rooms with a whole family living in each room!

Here's a family from around 1900 at 41 North Street. This photo shows just how close families were living at the time and how they might have shared resources for daily life.

Are you a keen photographer? Would you like your photographs to be on display in your local museum?Our new display is ti...
15/06/2020

Are you a keen photographer? Would you like your photographs to be on display in your local museum?

Our new display is titled 'St Andrews: Then and Now' and we would love your help to include your recent images of these locations in St Andrews:

- Baker Lane looking towards South Street
- St Andrews Castle looking West
- The Harbour looking towards the Cathedral
- The Links looking towards Town
- Market Street looking West
- North Street looking East
- South Street looking East (including the Town Hall)
- St James' Church, The Scores
- Corner of Union St and Market Street

Images should be:

- Colour
- Same composition as the historical equivalent
- Taken in the last year
- Of a reasonable resolution for printing

Images will be credited and copyright retained.

If you can help, please post your image in the comments or contact us directly on [email protected]

Closing date: 31st July 2020

Thank you!

Historic images of St Andrews that will be used in our new display 'St Andrews: Then and Now'.

If you have a recent image, taken in the last year, of these locations please get in touch at [email protected]

Historic images of St Andrews that will be used in our new display 'St Andrews: Then and Now'. If you have a recent imag...
15/06/2020

Historic images of St Andrews that will be used in our new display 'St Andrews: Then and Now'.

If you have a recent image, taken in the last year, of these locations please get in touch at [email protected]

Historic images of St Andrews that will be used in our new display 'St Andrews: Then and Now'.

If you have a recent image, taken in the last year, of these locations please get in touch at [email protected]

11/06/2020
Oilthigh

Our student volunteers are vital for the day-to-day running of the museum, so here's the Gaelic pronunciation of 'oilthigh' which means 'university'!

The Boase Wood 🌳Law Park Woodland was presented to the Trust in 1963 and become known as ‘The Boase Wood’ in memory of P...
10/06/2020

The Boase Wood 🌳

Law Park Woodland was presented to the Trust in 1963 and become known as ‘The Boase Wood’ in memory of Philip Boase, the Trust’s Chairman from 1945 to 1948. Philip Boase had dedicated himself to enriching and maintaining this woodland, highlighting it as a key part of St Andrews’ beauty.

In this way, the Trust was able to respect a significant figure in its history and conserve an important part of the natural landscape.

Some good news from the Trust!St Andrews Preservation Trust has been successful in receiving funding for an exciting dig...
09/06/2020

Some good news from the Trust!

St Andrews Preservation Trust has been successful in receiving funding for an exciting digital heritage project.

This project is part funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, St Andrews Community Trust and St Andrews Preservation Trust.

We will be working with Smart History to enable virtual exploration of the underwater world around our coasts, as it was in the past, as it is now and as it maybe in the future. We will also make a digital reconstruction of the harbour area enabling interaction with fisher folk from the 19th Century.

Working with University of St Andrews we will engage with the local community, volunteers and school students in learning about how to use immersive and mobile technologies to explore the past.

Happy #WorldOceansDay! To mark it we've announced the 24 projects to secure awards through our #YCW2020 Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund - a fantastic range of projects that reflect the amazing diversity of our coasts & waters. Find out more: http://ow.ly/1GER50A1sTO

03/06/2020
Taigh-tasgaidh

We've been busy putting together some Gaelic pronunciation guides which might come in useful around St Andrews...

First, and we would argue most importantly, 'taigh-tasgaidh' which means museum!

03/06/2020

Where to from Blackfriars Chapel? #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

We've gone down South Street to see Blackfriars Chapel #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome Our photo here is an artificially...
03/06/2020

We've gone down South Street to see Blackfriars Chapel #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Our photo here is an artificially coloured postcard from 1907. Blackfriars Chapel was built in the 1520s, extending on the Dominican friars presence in St Andrews. However, it wasn't in use for long as the Reformation saw protestant reformers expel the friars.

We are sad to not be celebrating #volunteerweek over a cuppa with our volunteers, but we continue to keep in touch throu...
01/06/2020

We are sad to not be celebrating #volunteerweek over a cuppa with our volunteers, but we continue to keep in touch through weekly updates, regular emails and calls.

They are all such busy bees, with 48 volunteers contributing 5,122 hours to the Museum & Garden in 2019!

So, a big 'Thank You' to our volunteers for their dedication but also to all volunteers out there making a difference!

30/05/2020

Where will we go from Innes's Shop? #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

This afternoon we're joining the crowd gathered outside of Innes's Shop! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome This photo is f...
30/05/2020

This afternoon we're joining the crowd gathered outside of Innes's Shop! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

This photo is from 1905 and aren't the ladies dresses and hats splendid!

The post office in 1890 had been moved into the Christian Institute building that you can see here. J&G Innes printing and publishing business operated in the beautiful building on the corner and then successfully expanded and is still in St Andrews today.

29/05/2020

We're leaving St Mary's College Quad and going back on to South Street. But what will we go and see now? #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

St Mary's College Quad overwhelmingly won the poll! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHomeSt Mary's was founded in 1537 and has...
29/05/2020

St Mary's College Quad overwhelmingly won the poll! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

St Mary's was founded in 1537 and has been home to the School of Divinity from 1579. This long history is preserved in the beautiful buildings that are still in use today.

St Mary's College Quad is also famous for its trees. 🌳 The Holm Oak is the largest of its kind in Scotland with a girth of 12 feet! Furthermore a small hawthorn tree in the quad is said to have been planted by Mary Queen of Scots on one of her many visits to St Andrews and has survived the centuries.

28/05/2020

Where to from Parliament Hall? #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

We're going to Parliament Hall #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHall Did you know Parliament Hall was named so as it was the m...
28/05/2020

We're going to Parliament Hall #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHall

Did you know Parliament Hall was named so as it was the meeting place for the Scottish Parliament between 1645 – 1646 during an outbreak of plague in Edinburgh. It is situated in St Mary's College, in St Mary's Quadrangle.

Fancy helping museum's across Scotland prepare for re-opening? Scotinform is conducting visitor research ahead of museum...
27/05/2020

Fancy helping museum's across Scotland prepare for re-opening? Scotinform is conducting visitor research ahead of museums reopening to get a strong picture of attitudes across the country.

There is also a prize draw to win one of five £100 vouchers.

If you have the time today, please consider completing the survey to help museums like ours prepare for the future.

https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158866939790

26/05/2020

We're walking up Church Street but which way will we turn? Vote below! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Our tour is going up Church Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHomeHere's a photograph of the west side of Church Street...
26/05/2020

Our tour is going up Church Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Here's a photograph of the west side of Church Street in 1904. Shown is Niven and Sons, Flesher and Poulters, the butchers shop. This spot is now occupied by BlackHorn Burgers.

24/05/2020

Where will we go from the 'double decker'? #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Will we do a u-turn and go along to Church Street? Or continue down Union Street and visit St Salvator's Chapel on North Street?

The corner of Union Street and Market Street it is! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHomeThe ‘double-decker’ was tenement hous...
24/05/2020

The corner of Union Street and Market Street it is! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

The ‘double-decker’ was tenement house with a shop on the ground floor. Named after its two rows of attic windows, the building was the only surviving house in St Andrews to possess this unique roof architecture.

Unfortunately, a severe fire gutted the building in 1924. Today, the site is now occupied by the Buchanan building which was built 1964.

Now vote where we go next!

The Candlemas semester is finishing for our friends at the University of St AndrewsIt's certainly been an unprecedented ...
24/05/2020

The Candlemas semester is finishing for our friends at the University of St Andrews

It's certainly been an unprecedented time but Seb hopes that everyone is happy and safe, looking forward to a restful summer #evertoexcel

23/05/2020

Where do you want to go from the narrow end of Market Street? You know the drill, vote below! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Want to find out what was on the corner of Market Street and Union Street? Or will we pop by the Whyte-Melville Fountain?

Here we are at the narrow end of Market Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHomeToday, it's mostly residential but variou...
23/05/2020

Here we are at the narrow end of Market Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Today, it's mostly residential but various businesses once operated from here including MacGregor’s Auction Hall (now Kidston Court), a smiddy, grocery and slating company!

21/05/2020

Where are we going from Joan's House? Vote below! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Well, it was close but it looks like we're turning on to South Castle Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome 11 South C...
21/05/2020

Well, it was close but it looks like we're turning on to South Castle Street! #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

11 South Castle Street was once home to the ‘well kent’ Joan Clark, thought to be the last fisherwoman of St Andrews. In the 16th century, South Castle Street was known as Huckster’s Wynd.

Vote where we go next in our poll!

20/05/2020

We've started off at our home on North Street... where to next? Vote in the poll below #StAvirtualtour #MuseumFromHome

Will go by All Saints Church on North Castle Street? Or will we turn on to South Castle Street to see Joan's House? Vote below!

Today we start our Interactive Tour of St Andrews – you provide the destination and we provide the photos! All you have ...
20/05/2020

Today we start our Interactive Tour of St Andrews – you provide the destination and we provide the photos! All you have to do is vote where we go next...

We're starting at our home, the east end of North Street, showing the local fisherfolk c.1890s #MuseumFromHome #StAndrews #Fife

So, you now have 24 hours to vote for where we go next! Vote in our poll on Facebook or Twitter! #StAvirtualtour #StAndrews #Fife

19/05/2020

Managed to capture this curious and busy little bird enjoying the plentiful supply of worms in the museum garden this afternoon during a check-in. It looks like our garden residents are looking forward to welcoming visitors again!

Museum From Home Today: Lade Braes Bingo 🐦Since we can go out more to exercise now, why not play Lade Braes Bingo on a w...
19/05/2020

Museum From Home

Today: Lade Braes Bingo 🐦

Since we can go out more to exercise now, why not play Lade Braes Bingo on a walk? Print off our sheet (or save it to your phone) and see how many you can get!

Our volunteers tell us how much they miss the museum garden, 'a beautiful oasis of hope and normality' says our Museum C...
18/05/2020

Our volunteers tell us how much they miss the museum garden, 'a beautiful oasis of hope and normality' says our Museum Convenor. It gives visitors a wonderful surprise as it is very much hidden from the front door!

What museum would you like to visit right now?

#InternationalMuseumDay #StAndrewsWillWait #MuseumsSparkJoy

The historic environment of St Andrews continues to inspire during lockdown! Have you found the time to create or take u...
13/05/2020

The historic environment of St Andrews continues to inspire during lockdown! Have you found the time to create or take up a new hobby during this time? We would love for you to share your work with us and help us to get inspired.

George’s passion for St Andrews continues in his art work...

We recently shared a beautiful painting by George McKenna of Coatbridge. George and his 7 children always came to St Andrews on holiday and they all loved it so much that they all still visit every year and his daughter Audrey said “It’s been very hard not being able to all be together on holiday in St Andrews this year”.

However, George has been using his time on lockdown to use a talent he hasn't used in a long time and has been painting views of St Andrews! He’s now completed his second piece which is based on a photograph taken by John Murray. It’s beautiful isn’t it...?

Thank you to Audrey for sharing this and to George for taking the time to paint such a wonderful piece and for his continuing love of St Andrews - #StAndrewswillwait #LoveFifeLater #Fife #StAndrews

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Thank you doesn't go far enough to express the gratitude we feel for nurses. We are grateful to all our selfless nurses,...
12/05/2020

Thank you doesn't go far enough to express the gratitude we feel for nurses. We are grateful to all our selfless nurses, past & present, who care for the most vulnerable within our communities #InternationalNursesDay

Photo: Milne sisters, St Andrews Memorial Hosp c1960

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, we look back at how this global event was marked in St Andrews in 1945.   Of the...
08/05/2020

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, we look back at how this global event was marked in St Andrews in 1945.

Of the VE Day celebrations the St Andrews Citizen reported:

'VE celebrations in St Andrews itself focused on two principal services for the students and the town. After a silence of 200 years the historic Kate Kennedy bell rang out from the old college tower... the bell had recently been recast and its first ringing was reserved especially for Victory Day.

After an address from Principal Irvine the audience heard from a wireless set on the platform - Churchill's broadcast of Germany's unconditional surrender. The bells of Holy Trinity pealed out - a service was held here and in Hope Park Church.

An open air service was later held outside Holy Trinity where over 2000 people gathered in South Street. After the service the Boys Brigade Pipe Band took over and a group of sailors began dancing. The Home Guard Pipe Band also joined in. Later in the evening the Town Hall was packed for the Victory Dance. Fireworks were set off in South Street followed by a torch-light procession.

Celebrations went on well into the night, despite a thick fog that started to descend on the town.'

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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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
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