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"Robert Dunsire Exhibition"

Come and learn about this local lad who was awarded one of the lands highest awards in war time during WWI.


Robert Dunsire, a local lad, was a hero and inspiration to the people in this area. Born in Buckhaven, later living in Kirkcaldy, he worked in the coal mines alongside his father. Robert enlisted in the Army in January 1915, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War.

Within 9 months he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the ultimate honour in the British Armed Services for gallantry. He was fêted and paraded around the area on his home leave only to lose his life shortly after his return to the front. A sad outcome to a magnificent act of bravery.

Robert Dunsire – The Story of a Victoria Cross” aims to explore the continuing legacy of First World War and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.

 Throughout the period of the exhibition there will be various workshops and talks, the next of these is shown below.

WWI at sea


Dunsire poster  WWI objects

opening map 

lord leutenant of fife

trench sand bags loos gas attack








 In December 2007 Friends of Methil Heritage received support from the Scottish Government-funded Digital Resources Development Team for their SCANIT project.
With a grant to buy equipment, and after specialised training, 7 dedicated Friends scanned almost 2000 photographs from the Heritage Centre's collection.
Now, anyone looking for a particular image can browse "thumbnail" versions in print and visitors can enjoy a continuous slide show of images of the area. The original photos are kept safe for the future while high quality electronic images will soon be accessible to all.
(Supported by the Regional Development Challenge Fund)


The centre is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

from 11.00am – 4.30pm

and Saturdays from 1.00-4.30pm. 

Admission is free. 

 Please contact the centre on 01334 659339

for further information about the Centre and facilities.