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.
Tuesday 15 May 2018 - Visit to Queen Margaret University
With many thanks to LBT member and QMU Professor Emeritus Averil Stewart for the suggestion and providing the contact, we visited Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh on 15 May for an excellent and informative campus tour.
Situated on the east side of Edinburgh, by Musselburgh, the innovative campus set a new benchmark in sustainable design when it opened in 2007.
The building design maximises energy efficiency and the landscape design encourages biodiversity. Overall, the new campus building project is regarded as one of Scotland’s most sustainable – having gained a BREEAM rating of “excellent” (the highest BREEAM score of any university in the UK).
The campus design is focussed on a simple low carbon, low energy passive design approach avoiding so called “green bling”. It has achieved the very highest sustainability awards and recognition without any impact on the cost of the build – one of the benefits of adopting an all-round approach to going green.
A number of leading environmental technologies are being employed at the site including biomass heating, thin-client computer technology and a sustainable urban drainage system.
Thursday 22 February 2018 - Linlithgow Civic Trust Annual 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.