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Upcoming Events

Tuesday 15 May 2018 - visit to Queen Margaret University campus, Edinburgh

With many thanks to LBT member and QMU Professor Emeritus Averil Stewart for the suggestion and providing the contact, we have arranged  a free campus tour for up to 15 persons starting at 2.15pm on 15 May 2018. The visit will be of interest to all LBT members as it is expected to cover the QMU campus architecture, the landscaping (including the Trees of Life) and their sustainability approach.QMU

Please note that the QMU sustainable transport plan encourages visitors to come by bus (these come into the campus from central Edinburgh) or by train (the Musselburgh train station is adjacent to the campus). Anyone wishing to go by car will need to apply for a car park permit.

Please contact John Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending  and please also let him know if you intend to come by car. 


Tuesday 17 July 2018 - Visit to Carmichael Mill, Clydeside.

We will visit Carmichael Mill at 2pm on 17 July when the riverside gardens surrounding the only remaining workable water powered grain mill in Clydesdale will be at their best. There are archaeological remains of medieval grain mills from circa 1200 and a foundry, lint mill and threshing mill activity within the curtilage of the category B listed building. Also there are diverse plant habitats from saturated to bone dry allow a vast range of trees and shrubs, both ornamental and fruit, with a vegetable garden and herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials with ornamental/wildlife pond complementing the landscape.Carmichael Mill

We will be given a guided tour by the owner Ken Fawell. Members are welcome to bring their own refreshments and snacks to eat on site. There will be a charge of £5 per person with a donation being made to Scotland Garden beneficiaries. Please contact John Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would wish to go. Given the location of the Mill at Hyndford Bridge near Lanark, please can you let him know if you would be willing to provide a lift to the event for someone or if you require a lift and we will try to organise car shares accordingly.


Recent Events

Thursday 22 February 2018 - Linlithgow Civic Trust  Annual Lecture

LCT Lecture

Bruce Jamieson gave the LCT annual lecture for 2018 to an appreciative audience of around 100. His illustrated talk on "Linlithgow Lore and Legend - debunking and reinforcing Linlithgow's history" challenged many of the "facts" oft repeated in books on Linlithgow. Although the event was free to all attend, the donations and sales of LCT merchandise on the night more than covered the costs of using a large venue such as the Provost Lawrie Hall of the Burgh Halls. Thanks to all who attended and made contributions and a huge vote of thanks to Bruce Jamieson for such an entetaining evening.


Tuesday 16 January 2018 - Behind-the-Scenes tour at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

On  a very snowy day, we had a fascinating Behind-the-Scenes tour of the National Library of Scotland at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh. The visit included the reading rooms and book stacks (where NLS store some of the 26 million items in their collection - and growing by 6,000 each week!). We also took the opportunity to view the excellent Muriel Spark exhibition which runs until 13 May and is well worth a visit. 

Wednesday 22 November 2017 - Visit to Scottish Canals and Speirs Wharf in Glasgow 

Despite the wet weather we had a super visit to Glasgow where Chris Breslin, Head of Regeneration & Development at Scottish Canals, gave us an excellent 80 minutes presentation on the work of Scottish Canals, particularly on the regeneration projects they are partnering on the north side of Glasgow. Watch out in the press in January for their latest one involving "The Big Man"! We then had a short walk to Speirs Wharf to see the new cultural buildings in the area, including the new HQ for the National Theatre of Scotland. And we ended up having a look inside the Whisky Bond which now houses a range of creative industry companies. All very inspiring.


Programme Co-ordinator

John Mason is the Programme Co-ordinator. If you have any suggestions of places to visit, please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..