Dunfermline has one of the finest surviving medieval townscapes in Scotland, and the Heritage Quarter contains many A and B-listed historic buildings and visitor attractions. The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will act as a gateway and cultural hub bringing the area to life, creating tourism and giving fresh impetus and interpretation to the surrounding buildings.
The Heritage Quarter consists of:
- Dunfermline Abbey Church, which contains the tomb of Robert the Bruce. This A-listed Church from the 1820s is still working today.
- Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of Scottish Kings and Queens, including Malcolm III and IV, Alexander I and III and David I. The remains of the great Benedictine Abbey, founded by Queen Margaret later canonised as Saint Margaret, lie beneath the superb Romanesque nave. This A-listed building is owned and managed by Historic Scotland.
- Dunfermline Palace, once home to Anne of Denmark, wife of James VI of Scotland and James I of England, whose son Charles I was born here. This A-listed building is owned and managed by Historic Scotland.
- Abbot House, a 16th century Abbot's House, and the oldest house in Dunfermline. A-listed, with attractive gardens and a 16th century fresco, the building is owned by Dunfermline Carnegie Trust
- Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, the last remaining weaver’s cottage in Dunfermline, as well as an exhibition of Andrew Carnegie’s early life and how his benevolence has helped people across the world. Run by the Dunfermline Carnegie Trust, a funding partner for this project.
Within the Quarter sits the world’s first Carnegie Library, which was opened by Andrew Carnegie on his return to his home town of Dunfermline on the 29th of August 1883. The locally quarried sandstone building displays a stylised sun with a carved motto, "Let there be light", at the entrance.
This first Carnegie funded library paved the way for a further 2,508 libraries to open around the English speaking world between 1883 and 1929, including Edinburgh’s Central Library and 1,689 facilities in the United States. The new combination of Library and Museum will enhance and create a nationally significant learning resource and visitor attraction.
This built heritage is all within sight of the project, and surrounded by an outstanding conservation area with parkland and formal gardens. In its capacity as a gateway to these buildings, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will provide a narrative thread of the historical timeline that connects them, enhancing their appeal and highlighting their importance to locals and visitors.
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