Linlithgow Civic Trust
Visits and Events
Lime Pointing at Tranent
Ellie Graham of SCAPE
Dr Moses Jenkins of HES
History of Local Canals
Walking tour of Edinburgh
Kilbryde Castle and Gardens
Visit to the V&A in Dundee
Cross House Winter talks 2019/2020
The first of these talks will be on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 7.30pm in the Adam Room of Cross House. Stacey Rowntree, the Building Surveyor for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, will be talking about the work of the Trust.
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) was established in 1994 as a ‘not for profit’ organisation registered as a charity in Scotland. Their aims and objectives are to:
- Promote for the public benefit the appropriate repair of Scotland's traditional and historic buildings;
- Advance education through the provision of advice, training and practical experience in the use of lime for the repair and conservation of such buildings; and
- Promote and further the preservation and development of Scottish building traditional, crafts and skills.
The second of the talks will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 December 2019, again in the Adam Room in Cross House. The speaker will be archaeologist Ellie Graham of St Andrew's University (recently seen on Alice Robert's BBC2 Historic Towns programme on Stirling, Channel 4's Britain at Low Tide and BBC Scotland's Scotland from the Sky) who will talk about the work of SCAPE, focusing on a couple of case studies of their recent work in our area, including the Higgins Neuk project that was showcased in the Historic Towns episode.
SCAPE is a charity that researches, conserves and promotes the archaeology of Scotland's coast. SCAPE is especially interested in remains that are threatened by coastal erosion. Since 2000, SCAPE has worked with Historic Scotland, Local Authority archaeologists and a number of archaeological units to survey some of the most vulnerable stretches of the Scottish coastline.
The third of the talks will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21 January 2020 in the Adam Room of Cross House. The speaker will be Dr Moses Jenkins who is Senior Technical Officer with the Historic Environment Scotland Technical Research team. His talk will be on "Scotland's Healing and Holy Wells". The talk will look at the history of magic and sacred wells in Scotland. The types of ritual performed at such sites and folk belief surrounding wells will be discussed and some local examples will be presented.
Dr Moses Jenkins has worked for HES for 14 years with a focus on researching methods and materials to improve the thermal performance of traditionally constructed buildings. He has published a wide range of articles and guides on this and other subjects related to the traditional built environment. He has degrees from Stirling and Glasgow University and in 2016 was awarded his PhD from Dundee University having completed a thesis on the subject of Scottish Traditional Brickwork.
LCT 2020 Annual Lecture
The 2020 LCT Annual Lecture will be given by Geoff Bailey, Heritage Engagement Officer at Falkirk Community Trust. Geoff 's talk will be on “How many canals were there in Falkirk?”, a look at canal mania in our local area from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
The talk will take place at 7.15pm on Wednesday 12 February in the Queen Margaret Hall. The talk will be free to both LBT members and non-members with donations welcome at the door.
18 September 2019 – Walking Tour in Edinburgh:
“Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town”
This walking tour was provided by Jean Bareham of Greenyonder Tours (a small, well-respected Edinburgh company specialising in walks in Edinburgh). The tour celebrated children's gardens created in the Old Town slums by two social movements, the Free Kindergarten Movement and supporters of Patrick Geddes. We had a splendid afternoon as Jean showed us places that are rarely visited. We all thoroughly enjoyed Jean's well researched history of the gardens and her stream of lovely anecdotes and came away much wiser about this unique bit of Edinburgh.
23 June 2019 – visit to Bannockburn House
On a lovely day, we had a wonderful tour of Bannockburn House and Gardens. Although both are in a state of considerable disrepair after decades of neglect, the Bannockburn House Trust, which acquired the House in November 2017, is already making inroads into the huge amount of work required to restore the House and Gardens. The House is certainly a hidden gem of a 17th Century A-listed mansion, which has survived largely unchanged, apart from an added (and detracting) Victorian extension. The original part of the house was completed around 1675 by Sir Hugh Paterson and there are many Jacobite affiliations with the House over that period. We were impressed by all the hard work and support of a dedicated band of volunteers who have put their hearts and souls into the project (and who made lovely home made cakes for our visit!).
12 May 2019 – visit to Kilbryde Castle Gardens
The "lucky 7" who went on the visit enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the glorious Perthshire countryside. We spent 2 hours wandering around the magnificent 15 acres gardens, highlights of which were the many rhododendrons in flower, a carpet of bluebells in the woods and red squirrels at the bird feeder.
Saturday 27 April 2019 - visit to V&A Dundee
Our first visit of 2019 was to the award-winning V&A at Dundee. Our guide, Ruth, was a lecturer in architecture at the university in Dundee and also a member of the Dundee Civic Trust. She gave us an excellent tour explaining the concept behind and the construction of the Museum building. We then spent time looking at the collection in the Scottish Galleries.
Linlithgow Civic Trust organises events throught the year. Talks and lectures are arranged during the autumn and winter and there are visits to places of interest in spring and summer.