Projects - Local History Group
The Local History Group
This is the latest Group to be formed by DHCP and it is intended to provide a forum for people who are researching the history of Dunfermline Burgh or of places within the Parish. As well as being a forum for the exchange of information and ideas, the intention is to invite speakers to explain how they approach their particular area of interest and to share their sources of information. One of the aims of the Group is to build up a database of sources for Local History research on Dunfermline and its surrounding area.
The topics currently being researched by members are very varied:
Watercourses and their associated machinery,
The Dunfermline Kirk Session minutes,
The upkeep of the poor in 19th century Dunfermline,
Education before the Board Schools,
Sources of Parish history in the Blair Adam archives,
The history of the Pitfirrane estate
The families and lives of people buried in the Abbey Graveyard.
Medieval gardens, as part of a project to renew some of the planting in the Abbot House garden.
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10.00am at the offices of Dunfermline Delivers, 27 Canmore St.
Any Local History researcher is welcome to join the Group. Just get in touch through the Contact Page of this website.
We have now been meeting for a year and have heard talks on:
Researching an old lime-kiln and tramway at Duloch.
How to research the 19th century development of a Dunfermline street.
Former Dunfermline industries.
Creating an interactive 'Heritage Wall' at Pitfirrane golf club.
Surveying Saline Graveyard.
The Dig at the Site of the New Museum.
The plans for the Museum itself.
A Dunfermline Ironmonger.
Religious Dissent and Disruption in 18th century Dunfermline.
We have also visited and toured the Local History Library and the Fife Archive
Our next meeting will be at 10.00am on Wednesday 22 January for a talk on 800 years of Poor Relief in Dunfermline
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