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  • 18 July 2019

    Defend Fife WWII Festival returns for 2019 with an action-packed lineup sure to entertain the whole family. The annual festival, now in its third year, commemorates the efforts of both local Fife people and Polish soldiers who defended Fife during WWII.

    2019 Lineup


    Saturday 3 August


    Children's Storytime: Wojtek War Hero Bear with author Jennifer Robertson - At 11am & 12pm @ Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (Children's Library)

    Film screening of Warsaw Rising (first ever screening in the UK!) - 11am to 1pm @ Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (Canmore Room)

    Reenactors LIVE on Dunfermline High Street - From 12pm to 3pm

    Author Jennifer Robertson presents: Wojtek the Bear and Other Polish Heroes - From 2pm @ Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (Canmore Room)

    1940s Wartime Evening Dance with That Swing Sensation - From 7.30pm @ the Glen Pavillion, Pittencrieff Park (attendees are encouraged to dress in wartime attire!)

    Grafitti wall with local comic book artist Colin Maxwell - throughout the day outside Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries (weather depending)



    Sunday 4 August


    The big event, live in Pittencrieff Park and the Glen Pavillion from 10am - 4.30pm


    - LIVE "what if" battle reenactments

    - Living history camps

    - Dancers and displays

    - Pop-up cinema

    - Vintage stalls

    - Comic books

    - And MORE!



    Tickets for the main event and the 1940s dance are available from and Sew Yarn Crafty on Dunfermline High Street. Tickets for the events at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries (DCLG) are available from and from the DCLG Reading Room.


    Source: Defend Fife


    Polish Institute of National Remembrance


    During the "Defend Fife" festival held on August 3-4 in Dunfermline, representatives of the Archive of the Institute of National Remembrance will be present.

    Archivists of the Institute of National Remembrance encourage you to meet and get acquainted with the project: “Archive Full of Remembrance”.

    As part of the Archive Full of Remembrance project, we would like to invite you to cooperate with us in preserving the memory of the fate of Poland and Poles in the last century. Therefore, we would like to kindly ask you to extract documents showing important events in the history of Poland out of households ‘archives’, including those illustrating formerly unknown or forgotten histories and share them with others through the Institute of National Remembrance.

    We are particularly interested in documents, official files, photographs, mementoes and accounts, as well as any type of material (letters, memoirs, diaries, speeches, lectures, films, audio and video cassettes) illustrating the history of the Polish Nation in the years 1917-1990.

    If you decide to cooperate with the Institute of National Remembrance, the materials donated to the Institute's Archives will become part of the national archival collection. They will be stored perpetually and with due diligence, having been formerly properly examined and appropriately secured. The information they contain will survive to the benefit of future generations.

    We also encourage you to visit our website:


    Source: Institute of National Remembrance

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