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Discover the history & heritage of our West Fife Villages

Saline & District Heritage Society welcomes you to explore our local surroundings through a historic lens. We are a community-based group that hosts regular speaker events, presentations, projects, museum open days & more!

Far beyond ‘neath yon glorious skies,
Where the darkness falls and daylight dies
There stands a village whose gates are old,
But the hearts therein are hearts of gold.’

‘the paradise of fife’ sgt maxwell robertson of saline (1893-1915)

Saline & District Heritage Society was founded in 2011 being jointly sponsored by Saline and Blairingone Parish Church as well as Saline & District Community Council. The Society aims to research, gather and make available historical documents, artefacts and other items of historical interest which relate or have a connection with Saline, Steelend and wider District.
We have an annual Summer museum event alongside a Winter speaker programme which provides an increasing awareness of the community’s heritage. Other activities include a search for the ‘mediaeval’ church, (close to the Old Kirkyard on Bridge Street,) archaeological digs and the development of heritage trail walks around the area. Encouraging the community to take an interest in their local heritage and social history includes engaging with all ages, including the very youngest.

Saline & District Heritage Society committee

Latest News

🎅 2022 Christmas Party 🎁

*Saline Old Kirkyard Dig 2022*

The Full Report is now published & we would like to thank everyone who attended our recent ‘Presentation of Findings’ evening. Lead archaeologist John Gooder provided an excellent overview of the excavation aims, outcomes, and potential future plans regarding research into Saline Old Kirkyard.

A Total Station Survey was undertaken recently by a member of the Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society which will provide a topographic map plus gravestone survey of the Old Kirkyard. This information will be invaluable for our future projects… Watch this space!

©Access Arch ©2022 Dig it!

Heritage Talks

We have a very exciting programme for 2022/2023 including topics ranging from Finlaggan to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and WWIIs Special Operations Executive.

Meet 7pm for refreshments beforehand as talks begin promptly at 7:30pm. Members £1/Non-members £2 (with annual membership costing £5). All meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in Saline Church Hall 🧭KY12 9TL🧭

Previous Talks from this Season…

‘Bonny Saline, ye ‘ re a’ my ain,


Previous Speaker Events have included…

🏹’Saline from Mediaeval to Early Modern: 1400-1650′ – Susan Murray

📷’Early Historic Scottish Photography’ – Leslie Ferguson

👩‍🦳’Louise Carnegie: The Woman behind the Man’ – Sharon McCall

⚓’Shipwrecks of the Forth’ – Ian Archibald

🧭’The Wemyss Caves’ – Dr Sue Hampstead

🥾’The Fife Pilgrims Way’ – Miranda Lorraine

👑’Mary Queen of Scots at Loch Leven Castle’ – Prof. David Monro

Saline, 1854 OS 1st Ed. Fifeshire (Reproduced with the permission of NLS, 2019)

Archaeological Excavations

Our Society has been fortunate enough to undertake archaeological studies with local and national archaeologists on projects including searching for a Mediaeval church within Saline Old Kirkyard & investigating the Morthouse, (a specialised building which held the bodies of the dead prior to burial) within the grounds of the current Parish Church.

The Society recently undertook a 5-day excavation within Saline Old Kirkyard in conjunction with Access Archaeology, the principal aim of which was to uncover evidence of Saline’s early Church. This dig built upon an initial paper published in 2015 on the same site, which involved working alongside experts from the Edinburgh Archaeology Field Society (EAFS)

The Society welcomes stories, photos, artefacts or other information relating to the local district for inclusion in annual exhibitions or within our growing archive. Do visit the Contact page for details of how to get in touch with us.

Saline & District Heritage Society Committee

Museum Exhibitions

During the Summer the Society Museum opens its doors to eager local & international visitors, both young and old. Our Museum is situated within the Session House belonging to Saline Parish Church and is ideally located in the centre of the village. Each year sees a new exhibition expertly displayed by our dedicated Society curator.

Additionally, Saline Museum takes part in the Doors Open Days heritage festival run by the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) Every September Doors Open Days allows free access to hundreds of fascinating venues across the country and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing our part in highlighting the history of our local surrounds.

Previous exhibition themes have included

👑EIIR Platinum Jubilee Year (2022)

🏥Sláinte! Healthcare across Saline and District (2019)

📚Education and Schooling in Saline & Steelend (2018)

⛏️Archaeological Sites across Saline and District (2017)

🏆Sports & Pastimes within our West Fife Villages (2016)

🏠Shops, Businesses & Housing in the Saline Area (2015)

🌹Centenery of the Great War 1914-2014 (2014)

🧱West Fife Industries through the ages (2013)

** Click on the ‘Decade Retrospective 2011-2021’ link from the menu or at the top of this page for more information on the history of our Society, beginning with a History of Saline Church **