West Lothian History and Heritage Fair 2008

Updated 14 October 2008

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The West Lothian History and Heritage Fair 2008, held at Linlithgow Academy on Saturday 20 September, 

proved to be a very interesting event, not only for the 220+ visitors who attended,

but also for the stall holders who were able to indulge in some useful networking! 

Thanks must go to:


One of two performances by the Linlithgow Players


Tom Gordon, researcher of the Dale Boys, with HAA chairman,
Ron Dingwall, at the stall, which featured memorabilia,
photos and publications from both organisations as well as
Deacon's Court & Linlithgow Heritage Trust
HAA's Jim McGregor at the WLFHS stall Mary Flynn reminisces about her role as Armadale
Children's Gala Day
Flower Queen in 1934

West Lothian History and Amenity Society Scottish Mining Museum
Linlithgow Union Canal Society Arts Services

& the Burgh Halls Project

West Lothian Local History Library West Lothian Archives and Records Centre
Linlithgow Civic Trust Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
West Lothian Museum Service: Reminiscence Boxes One of the Fair's many informative boards
Lothians Family History Society Scottish Genealogy Society
West Lothian Local History Library SCRAN : Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
Association of Scottish Genealogists
& Researchers in Archives
Bo'ness Motor Museum
One of the many excellent displays prepared by pupils in
the History Department of Deans Community High School
National Library of Scotland Map Library &
the Society of Archivists Scotland
SAFHS: Scottish Association of Family History Societies Elizabeth Carlin of West Lothian Archives and Records
Centre, one of the many helpful staff attending the event
Even the stall holders sit back to enjoy the performance! West Lothian Council Cemeteries


Inaugural West Lothian History Fair 2007 at St Margaret's Academy, Livingston


Mr and Mrs Charles Colquhoun are pictured when they visited The History of Armadale Association display at the Inaugural West Lothian History Fair 2007at St Margaret's Academy, Howden South Road, Livingston on Saturday 28 April, 2007. (Charles's father, George Colquhoun, can be seen on his motorbike in the postcards of Armadale.)

Many family history, local history and heritage organisations were represented during the day, such as the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust, Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Fife Family History Society, West Lothian Family History Society, The Open University, National Archives of Scotland, to name but a few, so if one wanted to find out about Handling Boxes for Reminiscence Work, Tom Gordon's research into Armadale Military History, Canal Boats, the National Library of Scotland Map Library, Scottish Handwriting, or many other history-related subjects, there was an expert available to give you guidance and valuable information. 

As well as the displays and stalls, there were also talks by three well-known historians (speaking on Bruce, Wallace and the Scottish Wars of Independence; Family Names; 'Reading' Buildings) as well as a Family History Workshop run by West Lothian Family History Society.