Celebrate past and present at Pittencrieff
Archived news: published on Tuesday 10 Apr 2012 by Fife Council
The Forbes Marker will be unveilied at the event on Sat 21 April
LOCALS are being invited to help celebrate the history of Dunfermline and Pittencrieff House Museum.
Members of the public can go along to the park on Saturday 21 April from 12.30 p.m. to celebrate the recent refurbishment of the Pittencrieff House Museum and watch the unveiling of a special plaque.
The Forbes Marker will be unveiled in the museum grounds by visitors from Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. at the event which has been organised by Fife Council, Dunfermline Heritage Trust and Dynamic Dunfermline.
Bob Izatt, Libraries, Arts, Museums & Archives Team Leader explained: “This event has been organised to commemorate the historical significance and celebrate the recent refurbishment of Pittencrieff House which was the family home of General John Forbes.
“The Forbes Marker which will be unveiled is an exact copy of those along the route of the 300 mile trail.
“General John Forbes created this trail in the lead up to successfully taking Fort Duquesne from the French in 1758.
“He renamed the Fort and called it Pittborough after William Pitt, now known as Pittsburgh. That’s why the organisations who have arranged the event felt it was important to invite representatives from Pittsburgh along to help with the unveiling.”
Members of the public coming along to view the unveiling will also get the chance to take part in lots of other historical-themed fun.
There will be plenty on offer including an opportunity to try out some of the skills used in the refurbishment of Pittencrieff House at the Scottish Lime Centre tent.
Famous faces from Dunfermline’s past will also be on hand to tell visitors about their links to Pittencrieff House.
Andrew Carnegie and General John Forbes, both former Lairds of the Dunfermline venue, will bring history to life.
Storytellers Sakin Quines will host drop in family story sessions throughout the afternoon.
Local outdoor educators Forth Pilgrim will be leading a Young Andrew Carnegie tour around historic Dunfermline, showing what a young Carnegie is likely to have encountered while exploring with his uncle George Lauder.
The interactive walk will give a good opportunity to learn more about Dunfermline’s heroes.
For more information about the event contact Pittencrieff House Museum on 01383 722935.
For more information contactBob Izatt, Libraries, Arts, Museums & Archives Team Leader (Dunfermline)
Tel: 01383 602365 Fax: 01383 602307 Contact Bob Izatt online
By Post: Fife Council, Carnegie Library, 1 Abbot Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NL