The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum

The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum A museum in the heart of historic St. Andrews, dedicated to preserving the social history of the people and buildings in this vibrant town.

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.

A sneak peek of a little something from our upcoming exhibition... can you guess what it is?
18/05/2019

A sneak peek of a little something from our upcoming exhibition... can you guess what it is?

It's our printing day ahead of the new exhibition opening next Saturday!
16/05/2019

It's our printing day ahead of the new exhibition opening next Saturday!

The 82nd AGM of the St Andrews Preservation Trust!
09/05/2019

The 82nd AGM of the St Andrews Preservation Trust!

New Museum Experience Coordinator and volunteer Hannah at tonight's AGM!

Following last year's storm the trees which were felled in the Trust's Boase Wood have been fashioned into pieces of fur...
04/05/2019

Following last year's storm the trees which were felled in the Trust's Boase Wood have been fashioned into pieces of furniture, decorative bowls and ornamental items by Frazer Reid owner of FAR cabinet makers, Crail. A demonstration and sale of the craft items will be held throughout the day at our Annual Hidden Gardens event in St John's Garden, 67-69 South Street.

Tickets are still available for purchase at
https://standrewspreservationtrust.com/hidden-gardens/

We'd like to introduce you to FAR cabinet makers run and owned by Frazer A Reid, based in Fife Scotland just outside Crail. Frazer has two passions in life woodworking and surfing and in setting up his business he has combined the two and gets to do what he loves every day, creating artistic and functional pieces of furniture and hollow wooden surfboards. Everything is done by Frazer, from timber selection to finishing ensuring the highest standards from start to finish.

If you have any questions or are interested in Frazer's work you will have the opportunity to talk with him tomorrow at our Annual Hidden Gardens Day. FAR Cabinet Makers will be located in St John's Garden, 67-69 South Street.

Tickets are still available for purchase at
https://standrewspreservationtrust.com/hidden-gardens/

Our #throwbackfriday this week is to the winners of the 1978 St Andrews Flower Show 🌸🌼🌺 Be sure to come and see...
03/05/2019

Our #throwbackfriday this week is to the winners of the 1978 St Andrews Flower Show 🌸🌼🌺 Be sure to come and see all our lovely flowers at Hidden Gardens this Sunday! For more information and tickets go to https://standrewspreservationtrust.com/hidden-gardens/

It’s that time of year again where you can go behind the scenes of some of St Andrews oldest buildings and explore som...
03/05/2019

It’s that time of year again where you can go behind the scenes of some of St Andrews oldest buildings and explore some rarely seen gardens! Join us this Sunday to explore them.

Tickets can be found at https://standrewspreservationtrust.com/hidden-gardens/

Another new garden for this year is the beautiful garden behind the Careers Centre!

Situated in St. Mary's Place, just across from the Student Union, this garden has been transformed and used for a variety of purposes over the years. It is currently used as a calm area, with fruits and vegetables being grown for the University Cider-Works and for the careers centre team.

Photo credit: Peter Adamson
29/04/2019

Photo credit: Peter Adamson

Stuck for a way to keep the kids entertained? Come and plant a sunflower in our garden! Open 2-5pm today 🌞
18/04/2019

Stuck for a way to keep the kids entertained? Come and plant a sunflower in our garden! Open 2-5pm today 🌞

We've loved reading and hearing all of your Second World War stories as you've been wandering around the exhibition - it...
14/04/2019

We've loved reading and hearing all of your Second World War stories as you've been wandering around the exhibition - it's so important to preserve these social histories! Keep on sharing, commenting, and documenting with us! ✏

#ootd! This snug number is a 'siren suit', handmade from blankets and designed to be put on quickly before heading to an...
09/04/2019

#ootd! This snug number is a 'siren suit', handmade from blankets and designed to be put on quickly before heading to an air-raid shelter. See more local WW2 artefacts at out exhibition - open 2-5pm everyday!

05/04/2019

Brr! Our #throwback this week is to these brave boys plunging into the river Tay in 1944. See the full video at our exhibition all about local personal memories of WWII, open everyday 2-5pm until the 21st April. Video courtesy of National Library of Scotland

The last day to see Lisa Fannen's StAnza installation 'Plants, Politics and Power' in our Chemist's shop - come brave th...
10/03/2019

The last day to see Lisa Fannen's StAnza installation 'Plants, Politics and Power' in our Chemist's shop - come brave the weather!

Just an appreciation post to the remarkable women who make the Preservation Trust and museum what it is - we could not d...
08/03/2019

Just an appreciation post to the remarkable women who make the Preservation Trust and museum what it is - we could not do it without you! Special mention of course to our wonderful curator, Nicola. #internationalwomensday

Happy StAnza opening day! As part of the Scottish International Poetry Festival, 7th-10th March, we are hosting a brilli...
07/03/2019

Happy StAnza opening day! As part of the Scottish International Poetry Festival, 7th-10th March, we are hosting a brilliant installation in our Old Chemistry Shop, created by poet Lisa Fannen who has responded to the theme of historical medicine. Come along 4pm-4:45pm today for a chance to meet the artist and discuss their work, or pop by to take a look between 11-5pm for the duration of the festival.

Missed out on our February exhibition? Don't despair! The research collated is archived into our extensive research room...
05/03/2019

Missed out on our February exhibition? Don't despair! The research collated is archived into our extensive research room which is available to all by appointment. Email [email protected] to book and see what you can find!

Only 3 days left of our exhibition - where has the time gone?! Be sure to catch it before it's too late! Open 1-4 everyd...
28/02/2019

Only 3 days left of our exhibition - where has the time gone?! Be sure to catch it before it's too late! Open 1-4 everyday.

A truly spring day here in St Andrews - the perfect weather to come and wander around our garden and new exhibition. Ope...
25/02/2019

A truly spring day here in St Andrews - the perfect weather to come and wander around our garden and new exhibition. Open 1-4pm every day!

We're almost ready for our first opening day of the season! Join us from 10am to 12noon for our Open Morning (biscuits o...
23/02/2019

We're almost ready for our first opening day of the season! Join us from 10am to 12noon for our Open Morning (biscuits on a first come, first served basis!) or from 1pm to 4pm to see our brand new Research Group Display!

Another successful talk at the museum on Wednesday - Bob Bilson was speaking of the history of glass, including pieces h...
21/02/2019

Another successful talk at the museum on Wednesday - Bob Bilson was speaking of the history of glass, including pieces he makes himself! All of our regular talks are free for volunteers and include tea, coffee and shortbread of course! Feeling left out? Sign up to be a volunteer by emailing [email protected] for these wonderful perks and more.

A couple of sneaky #behindthescenes pictures as we install our latest exhibition! Opening Saturday 23rd 🍾🎉🕺🏼
19/02/2019

A couple of sneaky #behindthescenes pictures as we install our latest exhibition! Opening Saturday 23rd 🍾🎉🕺🏼

"My thoughts of you are constant, and true as stars above, and so I send my dear one, my heart's undying love". Part of ...
15/02/2019

"My thoughts of you are constant, and true as stars above, and so I send my dear one, my heart's undying love". Part of the Spence family postcard collection c.1930 #happyvday

Our team of dedicated Volunteers are always hard at work behind the scenes. Today we've hit another milestone - we've re...
13/02/2019

Our team of dedicated Volunteers are always hard at work behind the scenes. Today we've hit another milestone - we've reached the year 2012 in our backlog! Only 7 more years to cover!

If you're interested in Museums or history and would like to get involved in volunteering please get in touch with us on: [email protected]!

We stumbled across this unfinished Telegraph crossword in a pile of donated newpapers from 9th December 1954 - can you f...
12/02/2019

We stumbled across this unfinished Telegraph crossword in a pile of donated newpapers from 9th December 1954 - can you finish it? ✏ #challengetuesday See below for the full version of clues!

Perfecting our pouts for Valentine's with this #objectoftheweek. This Vaseline tin dates from c.1940/50s, and still cont...
10/02/2019

Perfecting our pouts for Valentine's with this #objectoftheweek. This Vaseline tin dates from c.1940/50s, and still contains the original product! Although we doubt you'd get many kisses if you wore it 🤢

The St Andrews Preservation Trust
08/02/2019

The St Andrews Preservation Trust

Welcome to St Andrews Preservation Trust page! After hosting 5 interns throughout January, we’re very excited to go digital and share our work with you on social media.

Follow us on Instagram @standrewspt for more!

Head on over and like to our sister page The St Andrews Preservation Trust to be kept up to date on news and development...
07/02/2019

Head on over and like to our sister page The St Andrews Preservation Trust to be kept up to date on news and developments from the Trust.

Our #objectoftheweek is the perfect mix of practical and stylish -  this rather dapper pink mohair hat with a satin trim...
03/02/2019

Our #objectoftheweek is the perfect mix of practical and stylish - this rather dapper pink mohair hat with a satin trim was bought from 'Mrs. Taylor's', a clothing shop that stood at 125 South Street, next-door to The Adamson today!

An incredibly fitting #throwbackfriday this week to this snowy scene, painted c.1950 by one of the Trust's founding memb...
01/02/2019

An incredibly fitting #throwbackfriday this week to this snowy scene, painted c.1950 by one of the Trust's founding members, Annabel Kidston, of two students in their gowns before the Market Street fountain. Keep warm everyone!

We had an amazing visit from @JannettasGelato for the first Volunteer Talk of the season! (The free ice cream samples we...
31/01/2019

We had an amazing visit from @JannettasGelato for the first Volunteer Talk of the season! (The free ice cream samples were just an extra treat!)

Our #throwbackfriday is to yesterday's jolly events at the annual Christmas party, and to the whole year of hard work fr...
14/12/2018

Our #throwbackfriday is to yesterday's jolly events at the annual Christmas party, and to the whole year of hard work from our fantastic volunteers. We're so thankful and proud of this little community.

Dinner's up with this week's #objectoftheweek! This box of "beef essence" is from 1939 - a must have item for any kitche...
09/12/2018

Dinner's up with this week's #objectoftheweek! This box of "beef essence" is from 1939 - a must have item for any kitchen, we're assured.

#FlashbackFriday! The Royal George was built in the 19th Century along the harbour at East Sands to provide housing for ...
07/12/2018

#FlashbackFriday! The Royal George was built in the 19th Century along the harbour at East Sands to provide housing for the fishing community, including two pubs! - The Auld Hoose Inn and the Bell Rock Tavern. These photos were taken 1909-10, the building was demolished some years later. Can anyone guess the last names of the ladies in the first photograph?

06/12/2018

That's us closing our doors until February 2019! Thank you to everyone who came to the Arts and Crafts fair, we loved having you. Stay tuned for some behind-the-scenes preparations over the next few months!

We hope that you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating a rainy St Andrew's Day! Our #objectoftheweek certainly wouldn'...
02/12/2018

We hope that you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating a rainy St Andrew's Day! Our #objectoftheweek certainly wouldn't have kept anyone dry: this lady's tasseled silk parasol is better suited for promenading, it even has a jointed handle for more convenient carrying! We wish you all a sunnier week ahead!

A couple of very sneaky peaks from our upcoming Art and Crafts display! Putting the best of local work up is always such...
21/11/2018

A couple of very sneaky peaks from our upcoming Art and Crafts display! Putting the best of local work up is always such a pleasure 😊 Come along to buy some one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, or something for yourself! 24th November - 2nd December, 1-4pm 🙌

The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum
19/11/2018

The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum

#objectoftheweek -  This pair of stylish red and burgundy shoes were made c.1943 with a special touch: the soles are ent...
18/11/2018

#objectoftheweek - This pair of stylish red and burgundy shoes were made c.1943 with a special touch: the soles are entirely wooden! It was a way for manufacturers to continue making shoes during wartime leather and rubber shortages. You can see on the bottom that pieces of rubber were added to make them quieter to walk in. Would you wear a pair? 😬

With the poppies still bright on the War Memorial, for this week's #flashback we thought we'd share its official opening...
17/11/2018

With the poppies still bright on the War Memorial, for this week's #flashback we thought we'd share its official opening ceremony back on 23rd September 1922. Designed from granite and sandstone by Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer, it was unveiled to a crowd of nearly 5000 people. Have you noticed it on your walk down to East Sands?

Tomorrow we'll be at the First World War Commemoration Conference starting at 10am at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Gal...
16/11/2018
First World War Commemoration Conference

Tomorrow we'll be at the First World War Commemoration Conference starting at 10am at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Gallery!
This brilliant conference brings together many local institutions to discuss how, why and what we've recorded and discovered from researching Fife military history, and the ethical responsibilities this holds for us. Read more and book your tickets below!
See you there!

As the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War draw to a close, it seems fitting to celebrate the efforts of those local organisations who have worked so hard to identify, record and promote the history of the people and places in Fife who contributed so much to the military, medical....

Our #objectoftheweek this week is in honour of marking the 100 years since Armistice Day of #WWI, and is something most ...
11/11/2018

Our #objectoftheweek this week is in honour of marking the 100 years since Armistice Day of #WWI, and is something most of us might not notice walking through our town. This memorial paving slab on Crail's Lane commemorates the life and bravery of Sergeant John Ripley, member of the Royal Highlander's Black Watch regiment, who lived here at number 9. He received the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery' in the Battle of Aubers Ridge, France in 1915. Today we remember him and every other soldier who lost their lives.

How is it already time for #ThrowbackFriday ?! This week in honour of remembrance Sunday we're thinking back to Sir Jame...
09/11/2018

How is it already time for #ThrowbackFriday ?! This week in honour of remembrance Sunday we're thinking back to Sir James Irvine (1877-1952), organic Chemist and Principal of University of St Andrews and whose name is given to the Irvine building off North Street, shown here. Irvine was contacted by the War Office during WWI to develop a way to create the compound Ducitol - an essential ingredient in medicine used to battle meningitis and typhoid - that was in very short supply due to much of the world's pharmaceuticals being produced in Germany. Irvine discovered that it could be made by using tubers of the dahlia flower, and so saved hundreds of lives. Listen to his granddaughter talk more about his other essential achievements here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pp85p

Portrait of Sir James Irvine credited to University of St Andrews Library Special Collections

Happy Sunday (and Object of the Week day)! This WWII British Army emergency steel ration tin was standard issue for sold...
04/11/2018

Happy Sunday (and Object of the Week day)! This WWII British Army emergency steel ration tin was standard issue for soldiers, with similar ones distributed to Navy and RAF. About palm-sized, it contained a large chunk of high-energy, chocolate-like food, that contained a considerable amount of caffeine and added vitamins. An energy boost we could all probably use for tomorrow morning 😴 Would you try it? Comment below!

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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.

Opening Hours

Monday 14:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
Friday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01334 477629

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