The Bass Rock

19/05/20173:21 pmLeave a Comment

The Bass Rock is one of the famous postcard views of the East Lothian region. Along with North Berwick law and other islands in the Forth it was a volcanic plug 320 million years ago. Deep time has eroded away the volcano that once surrounded the plug and leaves only the hard igneous rock – […]

Archive 2016: Looking back, looking forward

16/12/20165:00 pm04/04/2017 11:33 amLeave a Comment

Well it’s that time of year again. Office parties, last minute panic buying and Slade on the radio. Amongst the craziness it’s also a time to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. What a year 2016 has been! I don’t think anybody could have scripted half of whats happened this year.  In the archive […]

The North Berwick Pilgrim Ferry Crossing

21/08/201510:31 am28/08/2015 10:22 amLeave a Comment

North Berwick owes much of its early importance to its location on the historic pilgrim route to St Andrews. The crossing between North Berwick and Fife was the shortest distance over the Forth when travelling from the south. Many arrived from the north of east England, the Borders and Whitekirk. The first early crossing may […]

Cats in the Collection: A Look at Felines in East Lothian

05/06/201511:00 am02/06/2015 3:01 pmLeave a Comment

Cats have been part of human lives for thousands of years.  Originally, they were domesticated as an easy means of pest control.  It is thought that a discovery of a burial in Cypress from 7,500 BCE which includes a human with a cat (cats were not native), is currently the first known instance of domestication […]

Loch Rannoch View © National Library of Wales

The Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747–55

02/12/201310:51 am09/04/2014 12:55 pmLeave a Comment

Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, has written this fascinating blog for us, all about the oldest map on our online map search, the Roy Military Survey of Scotland – a beautiful and fascinating historical resource that dates back to the early 1750s. This map, along with all the other historic map layers on our map […]

The World’s Eye on East Lothian

16/07/20133:16 pm16/07/2013 3:29 pmLeave a Comment

If you are a golf fan your eyes will be focused  this week on Muirfield in East Lothian. It is great for our county to have the chance to host this world renowned golf tournament.  A great atmosphere is around and even although you may not be a fan you can share the buzz of the […]

Reinterpreting the Wild Law with the Rangers (North Berwick)

05/06/20134:18 pm05/06/2013 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

In June 2011, 90 Primary 5 pupils from Law Primary School held a two-hour ‘Extravaganza’ event at North Berwick Law to conclude a year-long John Muir Award project.  Having chosen the Law as their ‘wild place’ to discover, explore and conserve for their Award, the Extravaganza event shared all they  had learnt with parents and […]

Up the Law for John Muir!

23/04/20131:47 pmLeave a Comment

On the last of the sunny days in March (before the snow!) the Ranger Service and Archaeology Team took three classes of Primary 5s from Law Primary in North Berwick up to the top of North Berwick Law. This was part of the ‘Discovery’ section of their John Muir Award and the classes aimed to […]

The Archaeology Olympics Part 2 – Balls, Boats & Bicycles

26/09/20122:30 pm08/11/2012 11:27 amLeave a Comment

Moving on from combat-based sports, this month we will look at sports which were designed for pleasure!  The origin of many of these dates from the 18th – 19th centuries as the Industrial Revolution brought increased leisure time for playing and watching sports. BALLS Many modern rules were formulated during the mid- or late- 19th […]

Stage & Screen Poster Galore

11/07/201212:34 pmLeave a Comment

One of the main components of a cinematic or a stage production is its poster. Movie studios and theatre companies often produce posters that vary in size and content for various domestic and international markets. These posters normally feature an image with text. Today’s posters often contain photographs of the main actors. These posters function […]