A celebration of Fife’s technological and engineering history has opened.
Fife Cultural Trust has organised events for local history week that will provide a chance to find out how the people and landscape of the kingdom have been moulded by its technological heritage.
Events across Fife show how different aspects of technology have changed the lives of people and how they have contributed to the technological revolutions that swept across the country over the last 200 years.
The week is also about collecting accounts of how people have been involved in these huge changes.
Visitors can record their stories at each library where there is a local history week display or event.
Historian and storyteller Margaret Bennet will be at Kirkcaldy Galleries Friday to gather more stories of the men and women who trained and worked as engineers across Fife.
“I was amazed to find out about the worldwide trade in Fife-made engineering, how industrial espionage laid the foundations for the silk industry in Dunfermline and to see how technology has made the difference in solving some of the most shocking crimes that came before the sheriff court in Cupar” said Jill Lewis, local studies officer for Fife Cultural Trust.
Cupar library is holding a changing face of crime exhibition, a guided walk on Friday and fun forensics event for children on Saturday.
The exhibition includes an early Fife Archive police mugshot of Edward Clack, a ne’er-do-well who was “sent to the Mars”, a ship home for young boys docked in the Tay, but who run away only to die in the First World War.
The Longannet complex is the theme of Kincardine library’s exhibition, at Methil the exhibition looks at the reconstruction of the Caledonian hotel, while Glenwood’s display created by volunteers with the Workers Education Association looks at women and technology.
Kirkcaldy Galleries’ exhibition explores the engineering history of Fife, and on Friday people can share their engineering stories and photographs from 11am to 2.30pm, or, from 3 to 4pm, they can take in a talk by Dougie Reid, who was an engineering apprentice at Melville Brodie in Kirkcaldy.