Full steam ahead for Cupar heritage centre

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PLANS to create a heritage centre in a former stationmaster’s house are gathering steam.

Cupar Heritage, the group behind the project, announced this week that it is on track to move into the premises at the town’s railway station early in July and are planning an official opening ceremony later in the year.

In the meantime, the public will be able to have a glimpse of the heritage centre when it opens its doors as part of Doors Open Day on September 4.

Guthrie Hutton, chair of Cupar Heritage, told the Fife Herald that building work was almost complete and the group were now focusing on furnishing the centre, preparing displays and sourcing material to exhibit.

“The community-run centre will provide a focus for Cupar’s rich and varied history and will be an exciting development for the town,” he said.

“The society would welcome donations of historical artefacts or images - pictures can be copied and returned if people don’t want to part with them.

Anything the society receives will be properly accessioned and recorded, and kept as part of a public collection.”

Mr Hutton also appealed for funding to help carry out restoration work on existing artefacts. in particular a large bureau bookcase that is believed to have once belonged to the Cordwainers of Cupar, the town’s trade guild of shoemakers, that is in poor condition.

He added that any donations for this or for the project as a whole would be recorded and displayed in the centre unless a donor requested anonymity.

The building was made available to the heritage society under First Scotrail’s ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme and much of the funding has come from Transport Scotland in the form of a grant awarded under its Station Community Generation Fund.

Grants have also been received from the Railway Heritage Trust, Leader in Fife, the Cupar Fund and the Bruce Charitable Trust.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the centre either in terms of funding or artefacts can contact Mr Hutton on 01334 659124.