Step back in time with town display

Gavin Grant, Council collection development team leader, with some of the items which will feature in the "Moments in Time" display.
Gavin Grant, Council collection development team leader, with some of the items which will feature in the "Moments in Time" display.
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TOWNSFOLK will be invited to take a step back in time when a new exhibition opens in the newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Galleries next month.

‘Moments in Time’ is a long term display which will be set up across two rooms in the revamped central library and museum - and it will focus primarily on the Lang Toun. The exhibition will cover 24 themes with each one based around an event in Kirkcaldy’s past. The ‘moments’ range across the town’s history dating as far back as 300 million years ago right up until the present day. The themes include: Adam Smith (1776); Coal mining (when coal was formed dating back to 300 million BC); the last fatal duel in Scotland in 1826, the Typhoid epidemic in the town in 1896, the opening of Bennochy linen factory in 1865; Edward I, granting the rights to a yearly fair ( The Links Market) in 1304; Nairn’s first floorcloth factory built in 1847, Ravenscraig Castle built in 1460, the excavation of a Bronze Age burial site in Oriel Road, as well as more up-to-date features such as The Beatles playing a concert in the Carleton Theatre, Kirkcaldy in 1963, Raith Rovers winning the League Cup in 1994 and the refurbishment of Kirkcaldy High Street last year. The display will include images, film and audio, documents and artefacts from the different eras.

Gavin Grant, Fife Council collections development team leader, said: “We had a lot of decisions to make about what items to include and it wasn’t easy to choose. We thought the display would be a good way of showing the important objects that relate to Kirkcaldy’s history and we had a lot of discussion and gained feedback about how many themes we should have and what they should be.

“We decided on 24 themes because that was how many we could accommodate with the space we had.

“Not all the collection items are new, some are from our previous exhibition, ‘Changing Places’, but they have been displayed in a 
different way. We also have new interactive displays and rare film footage of the War Memorial Gardens in 1925 and motor bike racing in the town.

“We also have oral history pieces with people speaking about their memories of the Beatles concert in 1963.”

People will have an opportunity to handle fossils as well as have a closer look at the pistols used in the last duel which took place outside Kirkcaldy. Gavin added: “The exhibition will have something to interest all ages.”