The popular East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight in the autumn is packed with interesting events which shed light on East Lothian’s fascinating history and culture.
This annual heritage showcase runs from Saturday 31 August to Tuesday 17 September 2013 and includes talks, guided tours and workshops throughout the county. This year’s highlights include a Family History Day on August 31 and the Heritage Festival with finds identification by the Treasure Trove Unit on September 7.
Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeological excavation? This year we have three community excavations at Dirleton, Inveresk and Haddington running from 7 September. Or you could help record the gravestones at Tranent graveyard and discover the people who lived and died in and around the village from the 15th century onwards.
Other events during the fortnight include guided tours of Drem Airfield, North Berwick Law, Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield, Aimisfield Park, Inveresk Village and Tranent. You can also find out the best heritage walks around Aberlady or hear the legend of St Andrew and the Saltire Flag told by a professional storyteller. There will also be talks on subjects including Family History research and 10 years worth of Treasure Trove in East Lothian.
Newly announced - Haddington Remembered will be gathering personal memories from around East Lothian with a series of short talks in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington on September 12 from 10.30am – 12pm.
Archaeology and Local History Fortnight is organised by East Lothian Council Archaeology Service with the support of the local history and heritage societies and the National Trust for Scotland. The fortnight is part of Scottish Archaeology Month, promoted by Archaeology Scotland
The full programme is available on www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeology 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 email@example.com. Please note many events have limited places so try to book earlier to avoid disappointment.