Public asked for views on new name for Kirkcaldy museum

From left, Dougie Downie (Team Mgr, Building Services), Cllr Neil Crooks, Sam McTrustry (Museum Asst), Christine Hynd (Library Asst)
From left, Dougie Downie (Team Mgr, Building Services), Cllr Neil Crooks, Sam McTrustry (Museum Asst), Christine Hynd (Library Asst)

THE Kirkcaldy Library, Museum, Art Gallery and Visitor Centre doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

So Fife Council is asking members of the public to come up with a catchy, shorter name for the town’s new multi-purpose facility, which is due to open in June next year.

The Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery was closed in December last year to undergo a major £2.5m programme of refurbishment.

After its transformation is complete, it will house a wider range of information, heritage and art services – all under one roof.

To reflect the major changes, the council is asking the local community to help come up with a new name for the facility.

The only stipulation is that it must include ‘Kirkcaldy’ in the title.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “The new library, museum and gallery will be a fantastic building for the whole community and I can’t wait to see the doors open next year.

“People can take part in putting forward their suggestion for a new name until December 7. Officers have also written to local schools, community councils and community and heritage groups to ask them to take part so as many people as possible of all ages can participate.”

The new building will include:

• A vibrant, modern library.

• A place for local studies and family history research enquiries.

• A place to view objects from the museum stores by appointment,

• A new café and retail facilities.

• Visitor information services centre.

• New museum displays to tell Kirkcaldy’s stories.

• An activity room for heritage and library-related events and workshops.

• A new larger lift to the art galleries.

The new name should reflect the history and heritage of the building, which is part of the town’s war memorial, gifted in the 1920s by John Nairn, whose son died in the First World War.

After the deadline, a shortlist will be drawn up and councillors will make a final decision on the name at a meeting of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee.

Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, who will operate and manage the facility on behalf of the Council, said: “This will be a fabulous cultural facility for the local area.

“For us, keeping Kirkcaldy in the title is important as it will help us market this new facility to a global audience and keep the affinity people in the community have for it.

“We can’t wait to see the suggestions that come in.”

The survey can be accessed online at

Computers with free internet access are available in the temporary Kirkcaldy Library in the High Street.

Paper copies are available from the library or by calling 08451 55 55 55, ext 442025.