Three Fife museums confirm re-opening dates

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Gallery
Key steps after four months in lockdown

Fife’s three leading museums are to re-open their doors, starting next week.

The big step back out of lockdown begins with St Andrews Museum welcoming visitors back from Monday (August 3).

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Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) will re-openon Wednesday, August 12.

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The Local Studies service will also be available for history and research from August 12 at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline, as will the archives search room at the Collections Centre at Bankhead.

The long-awaited return was confirmed by ONFife which runs the region’s network of libraries, museums, theatres and art galleries.

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Dallas Mechan, cultural heritage manager, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming visitors back and to have such great exhibitions in place over and above our permanent museum and gallery displays.

“Our teams have been busy during lockdown making huge amounts of content available online – such as our collection of local photographs from across Fife on Flickr – but we’re also about creating memorable experiences and seeing fantastic artworks and exhibitions in person.”

Distancing measures and other processes will be in place as the venues take a major step back to normal operations, including booking timeslots to visit the galleries and museums and one-hour appointments for Local Studies.

St Andrews Museum re-opens with the intriguing Up In Smoke exhibition, curated by Museums & Galleries Studies students looking at the history of smoking. It had only just opened when lockdown kicked-in.

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The closures in March also affected DCL&G’s critically acclaimed contemporary Lines From Scotland exhibition, curated by Amanda Game and commissioned by Fife Contemporary. It had only been open for a few weeks before the doors were closed but a positive outcome is that its run is now being extended until October.

Kirkcaldy Galleries will be offering the family-friendly exhibition Blooming Marvellous from September 12.

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