A labour of love at Fife Folk Museum

Wynne Harley with Jayne Baxter, Joanne Orr (centre, rear) and  volunteers Fiona Ewen  and Louisa Cross
Wynne Harley with Jayne Baxter, Joanne Orr (centre, rear) and volunteers Fiona Ewen and Louisa Cross

Volunteers at Fife Folk Museum in Ceres have earned high praise as they prepare for the launch of their new season on April 1.

The museum - which underwent a major expansion last year - was visited on Monday by Jayne Baxter, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and Joanne Orr , chief executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland.

The visit was part of a campaign being run by MGS to encourage MSPs to champion their local museums.

Ms Baxter, who worked with Fife Rural Partnership until her election to the Scottish Parliament in 2010, was among the first to take up the offer.

“I’ve always taken a great interest in issues affecting north east Fife,” she said.

“Running a museum in a rural setting brings its own challenges and projects such as Fife Folk Museum rely on the commitment and goodwill of volunteers.

“I’m extremely impressed with the museum and it’s good to see so many enthusiastic volunteers.”

The VIP visitors were given a guided tour by Wynne Harley, chair of Fife Folk Museum, and met some of the volunteers who are busy preparing exhibitions for the 2015 season.

This year’s main exhibition is titled ‘After Dark’ and features everything from nightdresses and hot water bottles to crusie lights - old-fashioned oil lamps - and even chamber pots.

“Hopefully the exhibition will both inform and entertain our 2015 visitors,” said Wynne.

With the addition of the new extension, which includes Hatter’s Tearoom, the museum has become a real hub for the community and this part is open all year round. Run by Stella Colloluori from Hatters Catering in Newburgh, the tearoom overlooks the Ceres Burn.

The extension also accommodates a range of Scottish gifts that complement the museum’s exhibits.

During the refurbishment, new display areas were also created with the help of a £40,000 windfall from Museums Galleries Scotland.

For more information visit www.fifefolkmuseum.org