Dunfermline & West Fife - Wellbeing Through Heritage

Dunfermline & West Fife - Wellbeing Through Heritage

Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline

Heritage Grants

Dunfermline Central
Carnegie Dunfermline Trust
£247000
The innovative project will help people improve their mental health and wellbeing through access to heritage.

This three-year project is run by Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, focusing on the natural and intangible heritage of Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter and West Fife villages.

It has four main goals:

  • to improve people’s wellbeing as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 
  • to inspire and connect the communities in and around Dunfermline
  • to engage local social care organisations and charities with heritage bodies
  • to increase understanding and awareness of the potential for heritage to support wellbeing

The three-year project overall cost is £383,000. The grant complements funding from Fife Council’s Area, Town Centre, and Dunfermline and West Fife Common Good Funds, Fife Cultural Trust and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

This project... deals with the serious issue of mental health and wellbeing, especially following the unprecedented effects of the pandemic.

Caroline Clark, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Director of Scotland

Caroline Clark, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Director of Scotland, said: "Our historic places, landscapes, parklands, and nature form the bedrock of our culture and heritage, improving wellbeing, inspiring and connecting the communities surrounding and inhabiting them...

"This project allows all these elements to be brought together to deal with the serious issue of mental health and wellbeing, especially following the unprecedented effects of the pandemic."

The project centres on heritage around Dunfermline, including the ‘Heritage Quarter’ of Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Dunfermline Abbey, Nave and Palace, the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, and Pittencrieff Park. It extends to the West Fife villages, exploring the natural heritage of Valleyfield Woodland Park, Inzevar Woods and Blair Tower.

Activities will include: 

  • digital mindfulness tool and a virtual walking tour
  • creative activities and chance to learn traditional building skills
  • a monthly drop-in social club
  • regular outdoor activities at wildlife habitats, orchards and herb gardens