Musselburgh’s long awaited museum was officially opened last week at a cost of £220,000.
Situated in a former clothes shop at 65 High Street near the Town Hall and Old Tolbooth, it will feature exhibitions and displays that will change on a regular basis highlighting the Honest Toun’s rich heritage spanning 2,000 years.
The 895 sq ft facility, which it is hoped will attract tourists at the start of East Lothian’s John Muir Way, was declared open to the public by well known Musselburgh resident Jimmy Veitch (81) and Councillor Roger Knox, Depute Provost of East Lothian.
The museum will be staffed by volunteers and will be open from Thursday to Saturday until the end of October.
Sheila Henderson of the Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group said: “We are delighted to have worked with East Lothian Council to provide a permanent museum for Musselburgh. We are conscious of the support that we have received from the people of Musselburgh over the years and look forward to hearing what they have to say as they come and see our fantastic facility.
“The committee would be delighted to welcome any new members and we are always keen to recuit new volunteers for the museum. Anyone interested should visit www.volunteerscotland.org.uk or leave their names and contact details at the desk in the museum.”
The museum will be a venue for activities for children including brass rubbing, jigsaws and dressing up. There is an audio point where visitors can listen to local residents talking about the town, files of school photographs and books. On display are items representing some of the many industries which made Musselburgh great from the mighty wire, paper and net mills to fishing.
Exhibitions will also touch on the town’s Roman past, its status as a historic burgh and there is a special feature for the opening season about golf as 2011 sees the 200th anniversary of the first Fishwives golf competition held on the Links.
Special report in Musselburgh News, April 8, 2011