Doors Open Days 2017 (Dunfermline & West Fife)

Doors Open Days 2017 (Dunfermline & West Fife)

COUNTDOWN TO DOORS OPEN DAYS 2017 WITH 50 FAVOURITE SCOTTISH DOORS!

SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year. 

The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology).  Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.

Here are the offerings in Dunfermline for Doors Open Days 2017…


 

CAIRNEYHILL CHURCH

Built in 1752 this church served its congregation through many religious divisions before uniting with the Church of Scotland. Find why this is an important building and who helped with restorations in 2013. What feature in the grounds links this church to the Surgeons Hall in Edinburgh?


CARNEGIE HALL

Carnegie Hall opened in 1937 with a programme of musical recitals and children’s entertainment, and became the main theatre for variety shows and amateur dramatics in the town. We now present a wide programme of music, comedy, dance and drama. The tour of the theatre will take you on stage, backstage and show how the technical aspects of theatre work.


CHARLESTOWN WORKSHOPS, SCOTTISH LIME CENTRE TRUST

Charlestown Workshops, the former estate workshops date from 1705. For Broomhall, the seat of the Earl of Elgin Charlestown Workshops were restored and converted in 2000 as the offices and training centre for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust – an internationally recognized Centre of excellence for the conservation, repair & maintenance of traditional buildings. Come and see what we have achieved in 23 years of operation.


DOOCOT PITTENCRIEFF PARK

A short stroll from the pavilion Tearoom, learn all about Fife’s Doocot history here. There is a single large step inside.


DUNFERMLINE CARNEGIE LIBRARY & GALLERIES

Edinburgh Architecture Association Building of the Year 2017. Explore the new museum, exhibition galleries, local history Reading Room and new children’s library. Enjoy the views from the mezzanine café over the landscaped garden to the Heritage Quarter and Dunfermline Abbey. See how the first Carnegie Library of 1883, is drawn into the present and the future 134 years later.

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline


DUNFERMLINE CITY CHAMBERS

You are invited to tour this jewel of a building. With its glorious mix of French Gothic and Scottish Baronial architecture by James Walker, it stands proudly on the site of two previous Town Houses. Your guides will fill you with detail of previous and current uses and you can view the special and precious artefacts that the building holds.


DUNFERMLINE SHERIFF COURT

Find out how many courts are used to administer legal control of civil and criminal business in the area. This modest but efficient building accommodates all the partners within the justice system. Find out just how high a criminal case might be dealt with in Dunfermline.


FORTH BRIDGE HERITAGE CENTRE

Visit the Forth Bridge Heritage Centre, which has recently been refurbished with careful attention to its Victorian 1890 heritage.  View the new exhibitions “Kingdoms in Crisis” and ‘The Battle of Inverkeithing’ which show how the UK has been shaped as we see it today.  Afterwards, take a stroll with knowledgeable guides who will enrich your understanding and appreciation of this charming place down through the history of this ancient crossing point prior to the three incredible crossings which now dominate the river Forth’s skyline.


HOLY NAME CHURCH

This early Scottish style church was designed by Charles W Gray in 1958 and built by the Smith-Sligo family of Inzievar
House in October 1965. Outstanding features include stained glass windows and statues carved by French designers from Chartres.


HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Sung Eucharist 11am-12.30pm. Historic Pipe Organ Music & Songs of Praise 2.30pm


SALINE AND DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY MUSEUM

Set in the old church session house this new museum, run by the Heritage Society will help you discover local curiosities above and below ground in and around the village. Volunteers will take you on a tour of the old graveyard which is Medieval in origin.

Note: Only the church is easily accessible.


TULLIALLAN OLD KIRKYARD

Explore this wonderful old kirkyard, a treasure-trove of Kincardine history. Three and four hundred years ago local craftsmen carved into local stone slabs the trades of the people interred, thereby providing a glimpse of a busy and prosperious Kincardine. Also appreciate the huge effort by Willie and Bill over decades rescuing this tranquil corner of Fife from oblivion.