For the first time, we will be holding a series of three talks over the Autumn/Winter in Cross House ("The Cross House Talks"). All of these events will be free (but donations welcome!) and you can just turn up on the night.
The second talk will be at 7pm on Tuesday 11 December and will be given by Susan O'Connor, the recently appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Civic Trust. Susan will talk about the review of the role of the Scottish Civic Trust she has undertaken and how the SCT can better support local trusts such as the LCT. There will be time for discussion of these topics.
The third talk will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019. This will feature an illustrated joint talk by Chris Long and LBT member and local historian/author Laurie Alexander. Chris will be speaking about "Looking at Linlithgow", the LCT book published on 17 November which Chris authored. Laurie will talk about his forthcoming publication examining how the High Street has evolved over the centuries.
Coming in 2019.....
Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 7.30pm - the LCT annual lecture by James Crawford
James Crawford is a writer and broadcaster, and the publisher at Historic Environment Scotland. Born in the Shetlands in 1978, he studied History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. James's first major work of non-fiction was the critically-acclaimed 'Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings' which was shortlisted for the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. He has previously written a number of photographic books, including 'Above Scotland',
'Victorian Scotland', 'Scotland's Landscapes', and 'Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above'. In 2018 he scripted and presented 'Scotland From the Sky' a landmark, three-part BBC One documentary series. A second series is in preparation.
The lecture will be given in association with Far From the Madding Crowd.
Please note that this will be a free ticketed event in the Provost Lawrie Hall in the Burgh Halls. Tickets will only be available in advance. Tickets will be available at the LBT AGM on 10 November and the three Cross House talks. Thereafter from 23 January they will be available for LBT members and non-members from Far From the Madding Crowd.
Saturday 27 April at 2pm - visit to V&A Dundee with guided tour on the architecture of the building and the collections in the museum.
Tours can only cater for up to 20 people, but if we have more attendees then these can be split into two and two tours run in one hour, though they would begin in separate areas of the building. The absolute maximum that can be accommodated at one time is 40. Tours will cost £6 per person and it is one price for all age groups.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - First Cross House Talk 2018/19 Season
The first of the Cross House talks was given by Alan Corrie. Alan is Director of Images Above, a company that specialises in drone photography. Alan has covered a number of recent events in and around Linlithgow, such as Party at the Palace, and he showed us a number of super vidoes he has made using drones, as well as a range of equipment he used. It was a fascinating and informative evening and everyone enjoyed "playing with some of the toys".
There wasn't time to see all the videos on the night, but here is a link to one on the Linlithgow Marches in 2017 which Alan thought you would enjoy.
Thursday 18 October 2018 - Visit to Riddle's Court, Edinburgh
The final visit of 2018 was a return trip to the now completed Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court in Edinburgh. LCT members had previously visited Riddle's Court in April 2016 and June 2017 to witness the restoration of this Category A-listed merchant's house.
Riddle’s Court has now re-opened following a painstaking £6m restoration by the parent charity, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. We were impressed with the results and by the hugely insightful tour we were given by Russell Clegg of the SHBT.
An A-listed 16th century courtyard house in Edinburgh’s Old Town World Heritage Site, Riddle's Court is a unique survival and contains significant architectural features including a rare 16th century painted board and beam ceiling, an early 17th century plaster ceiling and a late 19th century hand-painted ceiling by T.K.Bonnar. The restoration process uncovered many long-forgotten features, such as the 16th century fire place from the time of the King James Banquet hidden behind a Victorian hearth. In every corner, behind every plaster wall, lay more clues to the building’s centuries of evolution and the generations of very different occupants. Throughout the project, the architects and SHBT worked closely with restoration and archaeological specialists, employing sensitive and often innovative techniques to respectfully unearth and restore the many chapters of Riddle’s Court history
Tuesday 17 July 2018 - Visit to Carmichael Mill, Clydeside.
We had an excellent guided tour, by the owner Ken Fawell, of Carmichael Mill and its gardens on 17 July. Unfortunately due to the drought, it wasn't possible to turn the waterwheel in the Mill, but we did look inside the Mill - part house, part museum - which took 9 years for the current owner to restore.
There have been a number of archaeological excavations in the grounds which have uncovered the remains of medieval grain mills from circa 1200 and a foundry, lint mill and threshing mill activity.
We were also impressed with the large gardens which had a vast range of trees and shrubs, both ornamental and fruit, with a vegetable garden and herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials with an ornamental/wildlife pond complementing the landscape.