Great day at the Antiques Fair!

The Museum’s recent Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair was one of our most successful ever, with a record 650 visitors.

The Fair, held at Linlithgow Academy on Saturday 14th September, featured 70 stalls and a pop-up café run by The Coffee Neuk. In addition, a team of 25 volunteers manned the doors, ran the raffle and museum shop, and sold teas, coffee and home baking.

All in all, the event raised over £1,500 for the museum – a fantastic amount.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers, dealers and members of the public who came along.

Thank you!

Cow-horns, Cooking Pots and Ceramics - community archaeology project results published!

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A Community Archaeology Project comprising a fieldwork training session, and the excavation of five test pits in gardens around Linlithgow High Street was carried out by GUARD Archaeology Limited over the weekend of 14th- 16th September 2018.

During the weekend-long investigation more than twenty local volunteers were able to take part in the fieldwork training session and participate in the test pit excavation, with more people visiting the site and expressing an interest.

The principle funders were the National Lottery Heritage Fund, LEADER and West Lothian Council.

The investigations revealed several ceramic fragments dating to the medieval and late-medieval period.

One of the finds - some medieval green glaze pottery from Yorkshire

One of the finds - some medieval green glaze pottery from Yorkshire

The most relevant finds included a ceramic fragment from Yorkshire, a fragment of Scottish white ware cooking pot rim and Scottish red ware jug base fragment. Two cow horns were also recovered from a test pit which could be associated with local leather working industries.

In addition to the test pitting a post-excavation training session was conducted on the 22nd of November 2018.

The full report on the dig, the artefacts found and the training and learning opportunities created can be found here.

Click above to download the report in PDF format.

Click above to download the report in PDF format.

New Winter Talks Programme Launched!


Linlithgow Museum is delighted to announce our brand new Autumn/Winter Talks series. We’re very excited to be bringing some great speakers to town and we hope we’re going to see lots of you at these events over the next few months.

Thursday 26th September at 7pm in St Peter’s Church will be Dr Callum Watson. 
Putting Linlithgow in its place: Linlithgow as a Focus of Royal Activity in Late Medieval Scotland

Callum is based at the Battle of Bannockburn Centre and recently was also one of the historical advisers on the movie ‘The Outlaw King’. Throughout the centuries, Linlithgow was regularly the scene of pivotal moments in Scotland's history. This talk will examine these events and explore Linlithgow's significance in late medieval Scotland.  This evening is sponsored by Mill Lane Motors. Book tickets online here.

Thursday 24th October at 2pm in the Museum Community Room, will be Dr Tom Brown.
Wombs, Witches and Wars - a history of psychosomatic illness through the ages

Tom is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist and we have wanted to bring him to the museum for a long time now. This will be a really fascinating afternoon. 

Friday 15th November at 7pm in St Peter’s Church we welcome Linlithgow’s own resident historian Bruce Jamieson.
Mary Stewart: Fact and Fiction

Bruce was the Principal Teacher of History at Linlithgow Academy, has been Provost of the Deacons Court and writes regularly about the history of the town. We are delighted that he will present an evening for us on Mary Queen of Scots is Linlithgow’s most famous “Black Bitch”. But what were her Linlithgow connections and how true to her life is the recent movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Bathgate boy David Tennant? Bruce will investigate and present the findings.

Tickets for all three talks will cost £5 each and will include a cuppa. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of our wonderful new Museum.

Tickets are now available in person from the Museum. shop or online here.

Save the Date - Upcoming Antiques Fair and Doors Open Days events

It’s going to be a busy time for the Museum in September!

Saturday 14th September sees the return of our Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair, held at Linlithgow Academy.

Featuring dozens of different stalls, with refreshments available, and ample free parking, come along and see what’s on offer.

The Fair is open 9am-4pm, and admission is just £1.
All the proceeds from this event go towards the costs of running the Museum and keeping it free to enter.

The same weekend we’re also taking part in the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Days - a chance to get into buildings across the country!

The Museum will be open both Saturday and Sunday, so please come and visit and see what we have to offer!

Hold the Front Page - New Museums Galleries Scotland Funding Secured!

We’re delighted to be able to announce that we have secured £22,500 of funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to allow our project manager, Stephen Balfour to carry out business development activity to increase revenue from a diversified range of income streams; carry out targeted marketing campaigns to grow visitor and volunteer numbers; and to establish effective working relationships with a range of partners. This will help to make us sustainable in the long term

The Linlithgow Heritage Trust is going through a significant period of change. In the past year the trust have moved out of their old building (Annet House), and have created and opened a new, high-quality Linlithgow Museum within the Linlithgow Partnership Centre.

An associated activity plan has led to a substantial amount of community engagement and a wider sense of ownership of the museum.

The leadership of the trust is also evolving and going through a transition period with 5 new trustees in the process of joining the board. The board is committed to building its capacity and experience and will be taking part in the MGS board development programme due to start in September.

Visit our stand at the Spectacular Jousting!

We’re very excited to be at the Spectacular Jousting event this Saturday and Sunday at the fabulous Linlithgow Palace,.
If you’re coming along, look out for us beside the Linlithgow Museum stands.

Come have a chat and find out what we’ve been up to - and if you fancy dropping off an ice cream, we won’t say no!

It’s going to be a great event in our beautiful town; looking forward to seeing you there.

We're seeking a new Communities Coordinator!


Linlithgow Heritage Trust are looking for an experienced community heritage worker for the new Linlithgow Museum. You will be responsible for community engagement and outreach and for co-ordinating our enthusiastic team of volunteers. This post is temporary until the end of February 2020. For information on how to apply, see

Applications should be in by midnight on 20th June 2019.

Drama Project Takes the Stage!


Linlithgow’s new museum turned into a stage in early May, when it hosted plays by pupils from Linlithgow Bridge and Linlithgow Primary Schools.

Both schools were taking part in a community project called ‘Curious Histories’, under the guidance of local youth arts company Firefly Arts. It saw Primary Sixes from each school write and perform their own shows, inspired by the history of Linlithgow.

The shows took their audience on a journey through time, with a different play performed in each gallery of the museum. First up was a look at the royal connection, followed by industry and farming, and then Linlithgow during the war. There was even a dramatic re-run of the Battle of Linlithgow Bridge in the new Community Space!

The young people deserve a massive ‘Well Done!’ for all their work and energy,’ said Eleanor Morrison, Associate Director of Firefly.

Music in the Air!


Music was in the air when pupils from Low Port, Linlithgow and Springfield Primaries used our new Community Space to perform songs they had written themselves.  There were four songs in total, each of which was inspired by a different historical object linked to Linlithgow. 

Low Port Primary looked at the old town bell, and how it had remained the same while the town changed about it. One class from Springfield Primary focused on the town’s connection with shoes, while the other looked at a glass bottle from the Hardies factory. Linlithgow Primary, meanwhile, picked a brooch from the medieval period. 

In all over 130 Primary Six children were involved in the project, led by community musician Caro Overy. They all had six workshops, during which they not only learned about their object and how it fit into the context of Linlithgow, but learned about music and how to write songs. 

As Caro explained: ‘It was a different and exciting way to connect children with their local history and landscape.’ 
It was exciting for us as well. We loved hearing history and music being brought together.

And if you would like to hear it too, you can: the songs were recorded and are now available on a CD, for sale in the museum shop.