ABERDOUR can look back on its history with pride thanks to the new heritage centre at the village’s railway station.

Now open to the public, the venue is in two previously vacant rooms that have been refurbished and fitted out for exhibitions and displays.

A steering group, under the auspices of Aberdour Community Council, planned and oversaw the development of the centre with the support of many local volunteers.

And it was made possible through fundraising activities in the village over the past two years and grant contributions from ScotRail Alliance Stations Communities Regenerations Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Railway Heritage Trust, the Fife Environment Trust and other local groups.

Bill Rennie, chair of the Aberdour Heritage Centre and Station Gardens group, said: “It’s been a real team effort. Many local volunteers and village organisations have helped with the renovation, which will breathe new life into Aberdour’s beautiful Victorian station.

“ScotRail has been incredibly supportive of the project during its execution. Our volunteers are now hoping to revamp the once famous station gardens.”

An innovative feature in the centre is a digital touch table which will provide detailed information about the history of the village from its beginnings until present day.

A children’s corner has been planned by the pupils of Aberdour Primary School and visitors will be able to enjoy a self-guided walk around the village – or they can opt to book an expert guide.

There will be a host of drop-in sessions as well as lectures and the centre will be staffed by volunteers – open times will be published on their new website and Facebook.

It is hoped that the new centre will appeal to both village residents and to visitors to the area.