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The Building

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Fife Council with The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will see a new and accessible museum and art gallery in the heart of Dunfermline’s heritage quarter, adjacent to and integrating with the world’s first Carnegie Library.

Click here to watch the architectural fly through of the new building.

The world’s first Carnegie Library and the adjacent former bank building will come together with a brand new extension which will house

  • a new main entrance,
  • café
  • children’s library
  • two museum display floors
  • three temporary exhibition galleries

The main Museum display will cover six main themes:- industry, transport, recreation and culture, homes, two world wars and Dunfermline as a centre of royal and religious power. These themes have been chosen after lots of consultation with groups and individuals and also reflect the strengths of the museum collections.

Included within the new museum will be:

  • 3 galleries for changing exhibitions
  • children’s library looking out over the garden.
  • local history room
  • a full library lending service will be reopened in the connected historic lending hall which is part

The story so far:

In February 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund announced its support for the Dunfermline Museum & Art Gallery 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.

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

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