Work set to start on museum extension

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A long-awaited project to create a visitor centre at Fife Folk Museum in Ceres is to get under way this Monday.

The expansion, which is being spearheaded by the museum’s Trust, has been several years in the planning and it’s hoped that as well as making it more accessible it will also be used by the wider community.

Said Trust chair Wynne Harley: “We hope the museum will become a hub for local activities and events, thus developing and expanding the educational aim of catering for all age groups in line with the policies of life-long learning which form an important feature in modern-day museums.

“Applying for funding for the project has taken time and the Trust is very grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, LEADER in Fife, the Fife Environment Trust, the Robertson Trust, Fife Council North-East Area Committee and the Bruce Trust.

“ Fife Folk Museum Trust is also indebted to Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society, who own the museum buildings, for their interest and support.

“This is an ambitious new venture for the museum whose collections continue to grow thanks to the generosity of so many local and not-so-local people who donate items reflecting the past lives, social, domestic and work-related of people in days gone by.

“It is so important that the museum continues to expand and develop. ”

The new visitor centre was designed by Montgomery Forgan Associates of Cupar and will be constructed by George Cook & Son of Strathmiglo.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, commented: “This is a great project which will transform the museum for future visitors and let as many people as possible enjoy its heritage collections.

“HLF is delighted to give its support.”