Range of events in this year's Archaeology and Local History programme

This September we are celebrating East Lothian’s rich and fascinating history, heritage and archaeology through East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight. There are lots of events to get everyone involved: guided walks, illustrated talks, excavations, and lots more.The fortnight is organised annually by our Archaeology Service and is part of Archaeology Scotland’s annual Scottish Archaeology Month.

The 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group will be leading the Waggonway Big Dig down at Cockenzie Harbour again this year, looking for remains of Cockenzie’s industrial past. Drop by to have a look at the excavations and get a tour from the archaeologists, or even book a place to have a go digging.

A number of events will focus on Haddington this year as part of the Haddington 700 celebrations, including a dig exploring a possible artillery platform by the Tyne and a guided walk exploring St Martin’s Church and the hidden history of Amisfield Park. A day conference, entitled ‘Charter, Church, Conflict and Community: Haddington 1318-2018’ will explore Haddington’s past; hosted by Haddington History Society and East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society, it will take place on Saturday Sept 15 at Haddington Town House.

There will be opportunities to explore the history and archaeology of many villages and towns in East Lothian through guided walks from local experts.There will be a chance to explore the hidden history of Gullane through old photographs and to learn about the history of St Andrew’s Church, Kirk Ports North Berwick. The Musselburgh Conservation Society will lead a walk centred on the seven bridges over the Esk, and there will be a chance to peer into the history of Tranent’s High Street. The lost gardens of Yester will be explored through a walk and talks by garden historians.

Other chances to see the archaeologists at work or to have a go digging will be available at a community excavation with the National Trust for Scotland at Newhailes House Sept 8-9, and at Black Bull Close Dunbar, Sept 2-4.

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

Book online for the various events. Please note many events have limited places so try to book early to avoid disappointment.

Published: Wednesday, 29th August 2018