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Saturday 27 April 2019 at 1.30pm - visit to V&A Dundee with guided tour on the architecture of the building and the collections in the museum.

Our first visit of 2019 will be to the award-winning V&A at Dundee which will include a guided tour on the architecture of the building and the collections in the museum.

Tours can only VAcater for up to 20 people. Tours will cost £6 per person and it is one price for all age groups.

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Sunday 12 May at 2.30pm – visit to Kilbryde Castle Gardens

Kilbryde Castle, near Dunblane and Doune, has been home to the Campbell family since 1659. There has been a building on the site since about 1460. The building was originally a traditional Scottish Tower House. It is situated on the side of a gorge which the river Ardoch flows through encircling the castle on three sides. It was rebuilt in the 1870's by the present owner's great, great grandfather in the style of the period.Kilbryde Castle

The gardens were created from the 1970's onwards by Sir Colin and Lady Campbell. It is a large and varied garden covering some 15 acres. The gardens are split into three parts: formal, woodland and wild. Natural planting (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias) is found in the woodland garden.
Admission will be £5 per head for our private tour, with 60% going to the Leighton Library Trust. This will be payable on the day. We will try to organise car shares for those needing it.

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Sunday 23 June at 2pm – visit to Bannockburn House

Bannockburn House is a 17th Century A-listed mansion house, which has survived largely unchanged, apart from an added Victorian extension. The original part of the house was completed around 1675 by Sir Hugh Paterson, although it is believed it may be built on an earlier building called Drummonds’ Hall.

Described by a specialist as a “rare survivor” of its time with many interesting architectural features. The main ones being the “Laigh Hall” and “Blue Room” ceilings reputed to be the work of Houlbert and Dunsterfield, two highly skilled craftsmen who had been commissioned by Charles II to produce ornate ceilings within Holyrood Palace.Bannockburn House

Bannockburn House Trust was formed in 2017 to try and raise the funds to purchase the house for the Community. The Trust secured sole rights to buy the house in April 2017 and began fundraising to do so.
This was successful in November 2017 with help from public donations and grants through the Scottish Land Fund and Stirling Council. Bannockburn House is now fully in public hands. The purchase is the biggest community buy out of its kind in the UK. This was only made possible by all the hard work and support of a dedicated band of volunteers who have put their hearts and souls into the project.

We will be given a guided tour, lasting about an hour, of the House and Grounds by some volunteers. The Bannockburn Trust has asked that everyone attending could kindly make a £5 donation towards restoration work. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be available at £2 per head. This will be payable on the day.

They will be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 attendees. Car parking will be available in the driveway to the house. We will try to organise car shares for those needing it.

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Wednesday 18 September at 2pm – Walking Tour in Edinburgh: “Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town”

This walking tour is provided by Greenyonder Tours (a small, well-respected Edinburgh company specialising in walks in Edinburgh). The tour celebrates children's gardens created in the Old Town slums by two social movements, the Free Kindergarten Movement and supporters of Patrick Geddes.
The tour will last two hours, and covers one and a half miles of mainly pavement walking; some slopes, steps, wooden boardwalk and cobbled surfaces. The walk starts at the Scottish Parliament.Edinburgh walking tour

The walking tour will cost £6 per person, payable on the day. They can accommodate a maximum of 20 attendees. For the trip to go ahead, we will need a minimum of 10 committed to going.

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Recent Events

Tuesday 5 February 2019 - the LCT annual lecture by James Crawford

The Provost Lawrie Room in the Burgh Halls was packed to hear James give an excellent talk on his experiences of making “Scotland From the Sky”. LCT 2019 Lecture 2

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. LCT 2019 lecture

 

The lecture was given in association with Far From the Madding Crowd. 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 will be aired on the BBC in Spring 2019. 

 

 

Tuesday 22 January 2019 - Third Cross House Talk 2018/19 Season

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The final of the three talks featured a double-header of hugely interesting talks by Chris Long, former LBT and LCT Chair, and local historian/author Laurie Alexander. Chris spoke about all the detective work over several years that went into the publication "Looking at Linlithgow", which he authored for the LCT.

Laurie gave a talk on  ‘Linlithgow – Evolution of the Streetscape’, the title of a forthcoming book. Laurie's talk also illustrated just how much detailed investigation is needed of source material and how that brings new insights into how the town developed.

 Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Second Cross House Talk 2018/19 SeasonLCT Talk SCT2

The second of the Cross House talks was given by Susan O'Connor, the recently appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT). Susan covered the history of the Scottish civic and amenity movement and the future work of the SCT following a review Susan had undertaken, including new services that will be available from SCT to assist local civic groups such as LCT.

 

Tuesday 6 November 2018 - First Cross House Talk 2018/19 Season

For the first time, we held a series of three talks over the Autumn/Winter in Cross House ("The Cross House Talks").
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

Alan Corriecovered a number of recent events in and around Linlithgow, such as Party at the Palace, and he showed us a number of super videos 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. 

https://vimeo.com/221900626

 

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..