Abbot House, Dunfermline

Recording the day-to-day life of one of Dunfermline's oldest buildings.

About the project

Spurred on by the probable closure of Abbot House, one of the oldest buildings in Dunfermline, the local community contacted us with their idea of producing a short film celebrating the day-to-day life of the building in its current role as a cultural hub.

Since its development as a heritage centre in the 1990s, Abbot House has hosted a wide range of activities including storytelling, tap dancing, knitting, exhibitions, language teaching courses and more. Keen to capture the importance of their community space, volunteers and visitors worked with the Scotland's Urban Past team to gain new skills in photography, film making, and oral-history recording to realise their project idea before the building closed to the public on 15 August 2015.

Volunteers were also keen to discover more about Abbot House itself and worked with the Scotland's Urban Past team to investigate and map out its history. 

Although Abbot House has now closed volunteers will continue collecting memories and stories and to research the history of the building.

The film was completed in June 2016 and shown for the first time at Scotland's Community Heritage Conference in Ayr.


A map of Scotland showing Dunfermline
A photograph of the Scotland's Urban Past team training members of the community group.A snapshot of film training with Scotland's Urban Past Training Officer, Nicky Imrie.