Last chance for RAF Leuchars exhibition

This weekend marks the 2015 Festival of Museums, with museums across the country staging special events to mark the occasion.

And in St Andrews, it’s the last chance to see ‘From Balloons to Typhoons’ exhibition at the Gateway Gallery.

The exhibition, curated by St Andrews University students, tells the story of life “behind the wire” at RAF Leuchars over its almost-century long history.

To mark the end of the show, this Sunday there will be a ‘Big Day Out’ - a 1940s style family gala, featuring homefront entertainment, live music and dancing, a World War Two cooking demonstration and a 1940s hair and make-up salon.

Horticultural students from SRUC Elmwood in Cupar will also be taking part, to highlight food production in the 1940s.

The humble wellie will take centre stage in the students’ striking visual display - their “Dig for Victory” stall will feature several wellies planted up with herbs and vegetables to reflect how creative people were in order to be self sufficient. During rationing people were encouraged to turn their own flower beds and lawns into allotments to grow fruit and vegetables, often from seed.

The ‘Big Day Out’ runs from 1 pm until 4 pm on Sunday.