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The final visit of 2018 will be a return trip to the now completed Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddles Court in Edinburgh at 3pm on Thursday 18 October. LCT members have previously visited Riddles Court in April 2016 and June 2017 to witness the restoration of this Category A-listed merchant's house. It has been painstakingly restored and is now open to the public. We will be given a guided tour of the premises which will last about 60-75 minutes. There is an excellent cafe on site. Please can you let me know if you wish to attend by contacting John Mason at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If members wish to stay on in Edinburgh after the visit, the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust who have restored Riddles Court have the writer Dilys Rose  discussing her latest novel ‘Unspeakable’ at the Patrick Geddes Centre that evening at 7.30pm. This can be booked separately through the following link:

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 first of these will be given by Alan Corrie at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 November. 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 will be showing the images from these and some of the equipment used. Here are links to where you can view some of Alan's work:

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 - 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', 

Jame Crawford

'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 Maddding Crowd. This will be a free ticketed event - details will follow.



April - visit to V&A Dundee with guided tour on the architecture of the building.


 Recent Events

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. Unfortunatly 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.IMG 20180717 142142612

IMG 20180717 142524409There 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.



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.QMU 2

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 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 adopti


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..