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East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight 2014

Archaeology and Local History Fortnight

This year's East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight will take place from August 30 to September 15.  This annual heritage showcase includes talks, guided tours, events and excavations taking place throughout the county, and it brings to life East Lothian’s fascinating history and archaeology. 

The Fortnight kicks off with the Family History Day at the John Gray Centre on August 30th, focusing this year on World War One and East Lothian’s military past.  A weekend of Hidden Histories in Haddington, September 6-7, will explore medieval life in East Lothian through talks and guided tours with St Mary’s Church providing the backdrop.

Other events throughout the Fortnight include guided tours at Aberlady, St Andrew’s Church, North Berwick, the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, exploring WW1 remains near Tranent, and tours of Dirleton Castle and Hailes Castle led by a Knight in armour!  There will be excavations at Dirleton Green, Amisfield Walled Garden, Haddington and Newhailes House, Musselburgh for anyone who wants to get involved and dig some archaeology.

Archaeology and Local History Fortnight is organised by East Lothian Council Archaeology Service with the support of the local history and heritage societies, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland.  The fortnight is part of Scottish Archaeology Month, promoted by Archaeology Scotland.

The full programme is available here or you can pick up a leaflet in libraries and museums.

To book places for the various events, please telephone 01620 827408 or e-mail bookings@eastlothian.gov.uk. Please note many events have limited places so try to book earlier to avoid disappointment.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.