While the bunker at Troywood, near Anstruther, and its official history are now reasonably well documented, I was wondering if anyone had any memories or cuttings regarding the origins of the museum now based there, and its beginnings somewhere back in the 1990s, probably 1994.
My question relates not to the museum and its contents, but to its original founder.
I've had a few hunts around the web in the past, but have never been able to come up with any stories that confirm my recollections, or refer to the beginnings of the museum or any events which may have taken place at the time.
As I recall, the museum was started by an individual who passed himself off as someone of importance in some way - whether this was through family and title, or by something like qualifications and military career or similar, I can't recall, but those descriptions should be enough to give you an idea of what I have in mind.
Using these credentials, he was able to raise funds and obtain enough money and support to finance the restoration of the bunker, sourcing the lost equipment, and then the setting up of the museum itself so that it could be opened to the public.
I don't recall any accusations of fraud, that is to say that the money obtained for the project was pocketed instead of used to finance the venture, but it was obtained by misrepresentation, and the chap was not who he claimed to be and did not have any of the background he claimed, and had used to secure the money.
The conclusion to this chapter, I think, was his eventual disappearance (whether with or without any remaining finds I have no idea, so make no hint either way) although I'm sure he was interviewed both on television and by the papers - denying any wrongdoing.
This was followed by announcements that the museum was in danger of being lost, with no owner.
What happened thereafter I don't know. As I recall it dropped out of the news and I assumed it had gone, and was lost as a result of the tale I've tried to recall above, but after a few years, it resurfaced - and on this occasion, I endeavoured to get over there fast, and see it before it disappeared again - which I'm glad to say it hasn't.
So, I'm on the scrounge for anyone that has any memories of the place, at a time I would guess dates back to the early 1990s or thereafter, and relate in any way to the scraps that have stuck in my mind, as related above, and currently lack any corroboration.