Fife Folk Museum in Ceres is looking for volunteers to help make its forthcoming season its most successful yet.
The museum, which underwent a major expansion last year, re-opens on April 1 and is hoping to recruit people who can spare just three hours a week to welcome visitors and assist with cataloguing.
Training sessions are to be held on March 27 from 4pm to 5.30pm and on March 28 from 10am until noon and from 2pm to 4pm.
“People come from near and far to visit the museum,” said Wynne Harley, chair of Fife Folk Museum.
“We’re hoping for a successful season with record attendances. To help us continue the success story, we need more volunteers.
“This is an interesting and stimulating way to fill up a few hours of your time, either in the morning, between 10.30am and 1.30pm, or in the afternoon, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.”
Volunteers at the museum received high praise during a recent visit by Jayne Baxter, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and Joanne Orr , chief executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland.
Ms Baxter 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 Ms Harley 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 Ms Harley.
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.
Anyone interested in volunteering can either call at the museum; phone 01334 828180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about what’s on offer this season, visit www.fifefolkmuseum.org