It’s here! East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, Sept 1 – 16!

Here at the Archaeology Service we are getting super excited for, yep, you guessed it folks….the East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight 2018! That’s right, our annual fortnight is back, with a veritable bang this year, landing multitudes of exciting, fun-filled, and thought-provoking events in a place near you! Organised by the Archaeology Service […]

Diary of work experience with Museum Services June 2018

19/06/201812:30 pmLeave a Comment

This week I was helping out the East Lothian Council Museum Service for my work experience. I did many different things at several different museums, and I am going to tell you what I did on each day. MONDAY Monday was the first day of my work experience, and at the start I was nervous […]

Memories of The Pond and Pond Hall

01/06/201811:28 amLeave a Comment

Swimming has been a favourite summer pastime for as long as we can remember. In the early 20th century, outdoor swimming became increasingly popular with lidos scattered throughout the country, particularly in coastal towns. In the 1920s and 30s, recreational swimming became an increasingly popular pastime and more accessible to the public because of improved […]

Wiles Buses – Catch them at Longniddry Library during April 2018

04/04/20182:59 pmLeave a Comment

Wiles Buses – Catch them at Longniddry Library during April 2018. The History The Buses – over 30 on display The Garage – See how the construction of the original garage is progressing!

Representation of the People Act, or the Fourth Reform Act

06/02/20184:41 pm19/02/2018 4:18 pmLeave a Comment

Today marks the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act on the 6th February 1918. What did that mean? Why is it important? Well, if you haven’t been following the radio, the news and social media today and yesterday, it reformed the electoral system in Great Britain and Ireland after years […]

Organising an Exhibition

Katherine Weldon asked if I could recount my experience, the highs and the lows, of putting together the current exhibition in the John Gray Centre Gallery – The Story of St Andrew and the Saltire – which opened on 28 October 2017 and runs until 30 January 2018. I rashly agreed! It was back in […]

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference 2017!

04/12/201710:56 amLeave a Comment

Another year, another fabulous conference! If we were to start a recipe book for creating the perfect mix of people, papers and provisions at a regional archaeology conference, perhaps it may have read a little like this year’s programme: ….take one probable barrow in Prestonpans; add in a chunk of medieval buildings, settlement and industry […]

The Dunbar Lido

15/08/201710:39 amLeave a Comment

The days of outdoor pools in dotting Scotland’s coast in every town are gone but they are certainly not forgotten. A favourite outdoor swimming pool with locals and tourists alike was of course the Dunbar Lido which was located near to the current Leisure Centre on the coast near the East Coast Beach. The pool […]

East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight 2017!

17/07/201711:17 amLeave a Comment

It’s that  time of year again folks! Here at East Lothian Council’s Archaeology Service, we are once again gearing up for the exciting prospect of East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, held every year during the first two weeks in September! For 2017,  East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight will celebrate the Year […]

Dunbar’s Dustbin Detectives!

01/06/20171:39 pmLeave a Comment

Another year, another archaeological frontier breached at Dunbar Science Club! http://www.dunbarscienceclub.org.uk/ A sunny Saturday morning saw Andy and myself heading out to the Bleachingfield Centre armed with a rubbish bag and a motley collection of Andy’s breakfast detritus, and then some lovely prehistoric artefacts from our handling collection. Our mission: to explore strange old worlds, […]