The project will provide people within the Dunfermline and West Fife area with opportunities to learn about their heritage through involvement in various heritage-related projects. It will specifically involve people who have not previously taken part in Dunfermline’s heritage activities, owing to their circumstances or perception that local history activity is not accessible to them. The project will seek to engender interest and enjoyment in local heritage and enable people to develop their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. Interest in the Abbot House, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, the planned Museum, Bruce Festival and other Dunfermline heritage will be encouraged.
This will be achieved by enabling people to compare, contrast and generally relate the social and cultural circumstances, events and concerns of people from Dunfermline’s past to the equivalent situations today. For instance areas of contrast would include social class, occupation, family relations, illness, criminal law and the role occupied by religion. The activities and events arising within the history of and role of Ralph Erskine and the subsequent Erskine Church will be utilised as a focus through which people will be encouraged and enabled to develop an interest and ability to find out about the situation and concerns of local people within the wider span of Dunfermline’s history.