Methil Heritage Centre pulls in record visitor numbers

Gifford Lind, Tom Moffet ' the Centre's 5,000th visitor, Ewan Masson (Stonedyke) & Nathan Ferguson (Stonedyke).
Gifford Lind, Tom Moffet ' the Centre's 5,000th visitor, Ewan Masson (Stonedyke) & Nathan Ferguson (Stonedyke).

THIS is the first year since 2001 that Methil Heritage Centre visitor numbers have topped 5000...

And that’s despite the snowy weather which kept many people indoors this winter.

Tom Moffet went along to the Folk Frae Fife music event and was surprised anhd delighted to discover that his step across the threshold earned him the title of 5000th visitor in 2010-11.

To mark the historic milestone, the Friends of Methil Heritage presehnted him with an Easter egg to celebrate and then he settled down to enjoy an afternoon of song with lcoal group Stonedyke and singer/songwriter Gifford Lind.

Dallas Mechan, Fife Council’s musuems and heritage service development manager, puts this year’s good visitor numbers down to a combination of popular exhibitions and lots of community engagement.

She said “Since last April the exhibtrions and outreach team has produced some great displays which have drawn people into the centre.

One celebrated the local engineering company Balfour’s 200th anniversary and last summer’s family show, Wacky Machines, featured hands’ on science workshops in partnership with the Glasgow and Dundee Science Centres.”

The Folk Frae Fife event event was held to celebrate Fife’s musical talent, past and present, as part of the Famous Fifers, Local Lives exhibition.

This runs at Methil Heritage Centre until April 23.

A total of 30 people packed into the centre’s tearoom to hear and join in with young Levenmouth folkgroup Stonedyke – Ewan Masson and Nathan Ferguson – who were joined by Fife’s very own Gifford Lind