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HQ Explorer Time-Quest

Welcome to the Dunfermline Heritage Quarter TIME-QUEST!

A Time-Traveller has become trapped in Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter!

The only way they can return to the past is to find ‘past-portals’ (objects that allow them to travel through time) that are hidden in the Heritage Quarter.

Can you help? Can you solve the puzzle below and find the name of the ‘past-portal’ that the Time-Traveller needs from Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries?

Once you have solved the puzzle make a note of the answer and click on the link below to be taken back to Dunfermline.com where you will be able to travel to the next destination to solve another puzzle or complete the adventure and gain your certificate!

Good Luck!

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Take the kids on a free safari this summer with the HQ Explorer past-port!

To tie in with the Scottish Government’s Summer of Play initiative to get outside and reconnect, families from Dunfermline are being invited to grab their binoculars and go on Summer Safari at the Heritage Quarter throughout the upcoming Fife school holidays.

Using the HQ Explorer PAST-PORT, intrepid explorers can try tracking down wildlife at The Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline Abbey Nave and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. By completing the activities and collecting four stamps in your PAST-PORT you will receive a certificate and earn a special HQ Explorer badge, thanks generous funding from Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

Families can take part over one day, several days or during the whole holidays. And if families have been bitten by the safari bug they can then go and see what wildlife they can spot in Pittencrieff Park.

Summer Safari PAST-PORTS are FREE and can be picked up, along with Safari Spotter Activity sheets at any of the four venues. Before you visit, remember to check each venue for opening hours which vary, and pre-booking may be required. Families are welcome to bring their own binoculars – or have fun making their own from cardboard tubes.

Grant Williams, Dunfermline Great Place Project Manager said:

“We’re delighted to bring back the HQ Explorer PAST-PORT for the 2021 summer holidays with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. After living with Covid restrictions for so long, this is a great opportunity for families to take part in something safe and fun, that gets them outdoors and re-connecting with the fantastic venues in the Heritage Quarter. We’d love families to share their safari adventures with us using the hashtag #HQExplorers”.

Watch the video below from Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum to find out more about how it works!