CUPAR’S heritage centre looks set for expansion in the new year after the organisation behind it was granted charitable status.
Cupar Heritage, which opened the centre in the former stationmaster’s house at the town’s railway station last summer, is now appealing to Cuparians for more items to add to its growing collection.
Guthrie Hutton, chair of Cupar Heritage, said: “This new status will put the society on a sounder operational footing, provide greater security for the Cupar Heritage Centre and its collection of artefacts, and open up new funding opportunities.
“It is a development therefore that will have positive benefits for both Cupar Heritage and the wider community.”
Mr Hutton went on to say that although the centre is now closed for the winter, its value as a local resource was amply demonstrated last month when some 90 children visited from Castlehill and St Columba’s primary schools.
“Although some were quite young they showed a keen interest in the displays reflecting their town’s past and the way that people lived,” he said.
“The Cupar Heritage volunteers also learned a lesson; that the centre needs to have a selection of everyday objects from the past that children can handle in order to gain a better understanding of the way things were. We would be pleased to hear from anyone in the community who can help by donating such things.”
Recent acquisitions include two plates from the old Bonnygate United Free Church given by Cupar Baptist Church, a Pitlessie Post Office stamp, school slates, musical instruments, posters for exhibitions run by the Cura family at their Gallery 22, a Fife News Almanac of 1901 and a selection of photographs. Anyone wishing to add to the collection can make contact through the website www.cuparheritage.org or telephone 01334 844979.