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!
🎅 2022 Christmas Party 🎁
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!
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…
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
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) http://www.eafs.org.uk
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) https://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk/doors-open-days/ 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 **