Kinghorn Heritage Project

Kinghorn Heritage Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support.

The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Historical Society has received £42,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting Heritage Project in Kinghorn. Led by volunteers from the local community, the three-year project focuses on recording the social, industrial and military history of Kinghorn over the past 150 years, to secure Kinghorn’s heritage for future generations and to help the local community and visitors interpret and appreciate the varied history of Kinghorn. The project will include an Oral History Project, exhibitions and the setting up of a Heritage Trail around Kinghorn. Local schoolchildren and volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in a community project, learn about the history of their town and acquire useful skills in researching and recording local history.

Launch of the Kinghorn Heritage App and opening of latest exhibition

On Friday 6th September 2019 the new Kinghorn Heritage smart phone app will be launched. The app will be available for download free from the Apple Store for iphone and Google Play for Android phones. The app contains photos, text, 360 deg images with archival replacement and extracts from the oral history project.

The latest exhibition from Kinghorn Historical Society, 'Kinghorn Old and New', will also be opened on September 7th at Kinghorn Station Gallery. The exhibition covers the history of some of the public buildings in Kinghorn: The Town Hall; the churches; the schools; some of the military buildings and the history of the pubs, taverns and hotels.

The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Historical Society have been promoting Kinghorn History for over 30 years and are keen to get the community involved in recording the more recent history.  The project started with an exhibition on ‘The Changing Face of Kinghorn High Street’ in May 2017 and included images of the High Street from the past 100 years. The exhibition was very successful and well attended by many of the local community.


An oral history project was started in the autumn of 2017. A variety of Kinghorn residents were interviewed by P7 pupils from Kinghorn Primary School. These interviews have now largely been transcribed ready for publication.


In September 2018 a second exhibition was held in Kinghorn Station Gallery on the theme of the Industrial Heritage of Kinghorn. The industries featured were: shipbuilding; cleekmaking; glue making; glass bottlemaking; tanneries; flax spinning; grain mills; wood flour mills and a net factory.  The exhibition was well attended with visitors coming from Edinburgh, North Fife and the west of Scotland. In the feedback we received many positive comments about the display.


In the New Year we shall be starting a second round of the Oral History project and planning another exhibition for September 2019. We are also starting to discuss a heritage phone app with app developers and will be moving the Heritage Trail forward. If anyone has strong feelings about what should be included in the Heritage Trail please get in touch with your ideas through the contact page.


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