Upcoming exhibitions in 2023
Toll Schedule from Struthers Toll
Cupar Museum acquired the original Toll Schedule from Struthers Farm where it had been stored on a garage wall since 1913. It would have been displayed originally on the Struthers Toll-House which stood at a point on the A916 and its junction with the old road to Ceres and St Andrews. The board was erected in 1860.
Our picture shows our volunteers in process of moving the Toll Schedule to the Museum.
John Syme’s Scrapbook
John Syme’s Scrapbook: echoes of my years with Cupar Amateur Opera Company, 1923 to 1964.
John Syme was a member of Cupar Amateur Opera Company for 33 years. He took many principal parts in annual productions of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. During his time as a member, he compiled a scrapbook including many programmes. The scrapbook was donated to Cupar Museum by his daughter, Mrs Caroline Lord. We are fortunate to have this record in our collection and to be able to share it with our visitors.
This exhibit explores the pioneering work that took place during the early days of transatlantic radio telephone communication between Britain and the United States. Sites were established at Kemback and later at Cairngreen for reception of calls, which were then transferred by G.P.O. landline to the main trunk system. A further development in the early stages of the Second World War saw the establishment of a Y Intercept Station at Hawklaw, on a hill to the north of Cupar. Hawklaw proved its worth by intercepting diplomatic and military traffic of value to the war effort, with strong links to Bletchley Park decoding centre. Post-war, Hawklaw continued to intercept intelligence material for G.C.H.Q. until 1988 when it became redundant due to satellite technology.
One of the properties that will feature in our new exhibition on the history of houses and mansions in and around Cupar is Winthank House in Kirk Wynd, pictured here. Although well known as “the doctor’s house”, we explore the story of who was the original owner and who subsequently lived there before the doctors?
Visitors to the Museum will be able to view the history of other houses in the exhibition and we will be delighted to hear from anyone who has a connection or photograph of any of the properties featured.
If you think that your house has an interesting history, Cupar Heritage may be able to unravel the secrets of your home.