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St Andrews Museum is in the mid 19th century Kinburn House in Kinburn Park (named after a battle in the Crimean War) which was turned into a museum in 1991. On the ground floor ‘A St Andrews A-Z’ displays some of the star items in the collection and changing exhibitions are found upstairs. East Fife Museums also operates the Laing Museum in Newburgh and the St Monans Windmill. Of about 16,000 objects in the East Fife collections around 5,000 are archaeological. This strong collection includes 4,000 year old cremation urns and food vessels found in Bronze Age graves as well as hundreds of arrowheads and axeheads. The largest items are two carved early medieval stones – the Kilduncan and Kilrenny stones – and among the smallest are pewter pilgrim badges worn by the thousands of pilgrims to St Andrews in the middle ages.

A small collection of banners from the 18th to 20th centuries is another highlight. The two most unusual are Free Gardeners Society banners from the 1820s which have an amazing range of embroidered symbols on them.

One of the most recent donations is a collection of Polish military objects gathered together by a group of Polish ex-servicemen who were based in Fife in the Second World War.