Dunfermline museum, art gallery and library

On Monday 4th February the Heritage Lottery Fund announced its support for the project to the tune of a £2.8 million grant. Fife Council has allocated £6.8 million from its capital budget for the project together with capital support from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

To mark the occasion representatives from Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust, and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust joined the Town Crier and local drummer to pose with the Dunfermline town drum. The 200 year old drum is is one of the objects that will feature in the new museum. In centuries past it was played round the town to mark the time and draw attention to the council’s proclamations in the days before printed notices.

Lisa Meikle is a drummer with the Dunfermline District & Scottish Transport Regiment Pipe Band. Adam Drew, whose hobby is historical
re-enactment, played the role of the bellman who often accompanied the town drummer. Also in the photograph, from left to right, are Robin Watson, Chair of Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Councillor Bob Young, and Stuart Cross, Chair of Fife Cultural Trust.

The first stage in the plans will be to gather the Design Team together to begin the detailed work which will bring the building alive and ready for business in 2017. Also on the immediate agenda is a full archaeological dig on the car parks behind the library and former bank. Given the location within the ancient Abbey grounds, and with the recent discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a car park in England, we are wondering just what we might find!


Renowned Edinburgh based firm Richard Murphy Architects won the design competition for the new museum, which is to be sited next to the Dunfermline Carnegie Library.  The impressive plans for the new building include a landscaped entrance for the combined library, museum and art gallery and purpose-built museum exhibition and gallery spaces which will allow views and interpretation of the neighbouring attractions as well as high-quality displays of Dunfermline’s museum artefacts.


The displays for the artifacts in the new museum are being designed by Redman Design and work is now underway between the council and the designers to develop them.

Four design companies presented exciting and different ideas for the new displays to an interview panel before a decision was taken to appoint Redman Designs.

Based in Yorkshire, they have been responsible for many award winning displays and have rich experience in working on Heritage Lottery Fund supported projects.


Banging the drum for Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery

Banging the drum for Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery

Volunteers Needed

The Murison Burns Collection needs you!!

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help us clean and pack the Murison Burns Collection as part of the Dunfermline Museum and Gallery project! Are you available to help for two weeks during January 2014? Read more about it and sign up here!

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