OnFife's Museums and Galleries take first step back to re-opening

Fri 31 Jul 20

ONFife is delighted to announce that its ‘big three’ museums and galleries will be re-opening over the next few weeks.

St Andrews Museum will be welcoming back visitors from this Monday (3 August) while Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G) will re-open the following week (Wednesday, 12 August).

The Local Studies service will also be available for local history and research from August 12 at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries and DCL&G, as will the Archives Search Room at the Collections Centre at Bankhead.

The re-openings are a major milestone in ONFife’s journey out of lockdown and staff are looking forward to welcoming people back into the venues.

There will be great exhibitions to attract visitors. St Andrews Museum re-opens with the intriguing Up In Smoke exhibition, curated by Museums & Galleries Studies students looking at the history of smoking, which had unfortunately just opened when lockdown was introduced in March.

Lockdown 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 fantastic family-friendly exhibition Blooming Marvellous from 12 September.

“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,” said Dallas Mechan, Cultural Heritage manager.

“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 to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, including booking timeslots to visit the galleries and museums and one-hour appointments for Local Studies. More details can be found at www.onfife.com.

The online booking form for St Andrews will be live on the website from Monday and for Local Studies, DCL&G and Kirkcaldy Galleries from Friday next week.

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