US Psychiatric Categories: A Discussion Event with Dr Martyn Pickersgill, 19th September, noon – 2pm

Sociologist Dr Martyn Pickersgill, who has studied the history of the DSM and is currently undertaking a study examining debates about the future of diagnosis, will talk about his reflections on materials held in the APA archives, as well as interviews with psychologists and psychiatrists in the US, England and Scotland.

Martyn will then facilitate discussion between audience members about their own views and experiences regarding the place of US categories in Scottish mental health and everyday life. Are these a good thing, helping people to access care and treatment and to better understand themselves and others? Or should we get rid of the DSM – and maybe psychiatric diagnosis more broadly – altogether?

This two-hour event will include refreshments. Please click here to book.

Dunfermline Poets: 30th September 2018, 2pm – 4pm

Morna Fleming from the Robert Henryson Society will be guiding us through the work of our internationally famous local poet Robert Henryson, and introducing us to other locals who are perhaps not as well-known.

While Robert Henryson’s poems are unforgettable, little is known for sure about their creator’s birth and life. Morna will enlighten us on the clues which give us insight into his life, and how he became a man of status who can claim to be one of the greatest medieval poets of the period, perhaps second only to Chaucer, whom he called the ‘flower of poets’.

Please click here to book.

Blooming Marvellous: A Family Friendly Gardening Show: Until Sunday 21st October 2018

Explore the wonderful world of wildlife, plants and flowers through this colourful, interactive summer exhibition. Enjoy fantastic hands-on activities in this family-friendly show, from giant board games and jigsaws to dressing-up and quizzes. Find out more about some of the insects, birds and animals on our doorstep and unearth lots of fascinating facts about the plants in our gardens.

Blooming Marvellous promises a fun-packed experience with plenty to see and do and lots of new discoveries to make. There will also be an exciting programme of events for both children and adults throughout the exhibition – from craft workshops to artist masterclasses and talks.

Dunfermline Art Club Exhibition: Until 29th October 2018

Dunfermline Art Club has been going strong ever since its inception on 22 March 1883. With 90 members, DAC meets in its dedicated studio in Townhill Community Centre where members paint in all media including oils, watercolour, pastel, acrylic and coloured pencil. Anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in art is welcome to join.

This “Dunfermline and West Fife” exhibition features impressions of
the local area through various artistic media. 

Afternoon teas at Heaven Scent café at DCL&G: every day from noon

We’re delighted to announce that we are now serving afternoon teas at our café at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

With a mouth-watering range of sandwiches, scones, cakes and macarons washed down with house tea and coffee, our afternoon teas make a fantastic treat as well as a great way to celebrate.

Click here for more details, and email us at to book.

Bookbugs: Throughout the week during term time

Join us at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries for a great range of Bookbugs sessions including:

  • Babies (0 – 2)
  • Dads, Grandads & all other brilliant male role models (babies – pre-schoolers)
  • Bilingual Gaelic & Scots (babies – pre-schoolers)
  • General (babies – pre-schoolers)

Bookbugs are free story, song and rhyme sessions for children aged 0-4 and their families or carers.  There’s no need to book for theses sessions.

Please click here for the dates of the different sessions, and if  you’d like to know more about these sessions please contact Kirsty Strachan at