Linlithgow Civic Trust
Visits, Events and Talks
LCT 2020 Annual Lecture
Dr Moses Jenkins of HES
Ellie Graham of SCAPE
Summer Programme of Visits/Future Events
Please note that the 2020 summer programme of visits has been postponed owing to the situation on Covid-19. However, we hope to run the planned visits - to Wemyss Caves in East Wemyss; St Mary's Parish Church, St Mary's Pleasance Garden and the John Gray Centre in Haddington; and to Panmure House in Edinburgh - in the Summer of 2021.
It now seems certain that we will not be able to hold a series of Annet House Winter talks. We are therefore looking at the possibility of holding one or more talks online by Zoom. We hope to trial the first one around the turn of the year with a member of the British Geological Survey Building Stones team giving a talk on how the local geology in Edinburgh and West Lothian impacted on the built environment. Details will follow here and on the LBT Facebook page.
12 February 2020 - LCT 2020 Annual Lecture
The 2020 LCT Annual Lecture was given by Geoff Bailey, Heritage Engagement Officer at Falkirk Community Trust. Geoff 's talk posed the question “How many canals were there in Falkirk?”. He identified more than we realised, some of which are sadly no longer to be seen because of redevelopment or were never built (such as the Stirling Canal). It was a hugely entertaining and informative talk enjoyed by all.
Cross House Winter talks 2019/2020
21 January 2020 - Dr Moses Jenkins "Scotland's Holy and Healing Wells"
The third and final of the talks was given by Dr Moses Jenkins who is Senior Technical Officer with the Historic Environment Scotland Technical Research team. His entertaining talk, on Scotland's healing and holy Wells, looked at the history of magic and sacred wells in Scotland and the types of ritual performed at such sites and folk belief surrounding wells. He would be interested to hear from anyone with any good tales about Linlithgow's wells.
3 December 2019 - Ellie Graham: "Coastal Archaeology of the Forth"
The second of the Cross House talks was given by archaeologist Ellie Graham of St Andrews University (recently seen on Alice Robert's BBC2 Most Historic British Towns programme on Stirling, Channel 4's Britain at Low Tide and BBC Scotland's Scotland from the Sky).
To a packed room, Ellie gave a fascinating talk on the "archaeological digs" she has been involved with on the Higgins Neuk site near the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the Pictish Wemyss Caves (which we will visit on 7 July - see above).
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.