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Have you ever heard the Dalkeith's deadly secrets? To find out more join us on our Dark & Deadly walking tour! Incredibl...
18/06/2023

Have you ever heard the Dalkeith's deadly secrets? To find out more join us on our Dark & Deadly walking tour! Incredible stories about one of Midlothian's cities on atmospheric evening walk.
For more information about the event and tickets check here: https://fb.me/e/3C7OPav1D

Join us on our new event - Night at the Museum - that will take place on 21st of June at 7pm. This time we will listen t...
16/06/2023

Join us on our new event - Night at the Museum - that will take place on 21st of June at 7pm. This time we will listen to Bothy Blethers – traditional folk tales from the Lothians and Borders retold by Elaine Robertson and Stephen McCabe.

More information about the tickets can be found here: https://fb.me/e/1iYLX5ocQ

There is much more to Dalkeith than meets the eye! We are delighted to share the news that the local museum has just ach...
15/06/2023

There is much more to Dalkeith than meets the eye! We are delighted to share the news that the local museum has just achieved full accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland.
This highly sought-after award is part of the Accreditation Scheme in Scotland which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of Arts Council England.
Achieving this professional standard is no mean feat for a small museum, run totally by a team of volunteers, which can now sit comfortably beside large national museums, share listings with nationally recognised institutions, have the opportunity to borrow items from other collections and be able to apply for funding from MGS.
Norman Brett, Chairman of Dalkeith History Society, parent body of the museum said “This award is important not only for the Museum but also for Dalkeith. It is the hidden gem at the bottom of the High Street and another reason to come and spend time in Dalkeith, to look beyond the modern façade and discover why Dalkeith was so important during key moments in Scotland’s history.
The collection focuses on Dalkeith as a place of work, worship, learning and leisure and its standing in the community as the vibrant, self-sufficient, most important market town in Midlothian, visited by kings and queens, artists and authors. Our current bespoke exhibition features 19 prints by John Kay, the celebrated caricaturist born in Dalkeith in 1742.
In addition, spooky Dark and Deadly Dalkeith evening walks or our recently launched Friends of Dalkeith Museum programme provide supporters of the museum the opportunity to explore the darker side of Dalkeith or share the experiences of an interesting speaker and then enjoy a glass of wine in the more intimate and relaxed surroundings of the Museum by night.
Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said: “Many congratulations to all the team at Dalkeith Museum for achieving Accreditation. The accreditation process is incredibly thorough and achieving it is a fantastic accomplishment for the museum and the town. Accreditation will help the team to continue to showcase the history of the community and area through their busy programme of exhibitions and events”.

10/04/2022

Dalkeith History Society will meet on Monday, 11th April at 7:30pm in Dalkeith Baptist Church.
Guest speaker is Eric Melvin, prominent historian and author, who will give a talk on 'Egypt - Luxor to Aswan'.
All welcome.

08/02/2022
09/12/2021

Dalkeith History Society will meet on Monday, December 13th at 7:30pm in Dalkeith Baptist Church. Guest speaker is Dr Arran Johnston, prominent historian, author and founding director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust who will give a talk on “The Jacobite Occupation of Edinburgh 1745".

All welcome.

Diana Maxwell speaking at the Dalkeith History Society meeting on Monday, November 8.
17/11/2021

Diana Maxwell speaking at the Dalkeith History Society meeting on Monday, November 8.

Dalkeith History Society will meet on Monday, November 8 at 7:30pm in Dalkeith Baptist Church. The guest speaker is Dian...
04/11/2021

Dalkeith History Society will meet on Monday, November 8 at 7:30pm in Dalkeith Baptist Church. The guest speaker is Diana Maxwell, author, historian and former Superintendent Radiographer, who will give a talk on “HMS Tarlair & Memories of Hawkscraig Admiralty Experimental Establishment Aberdour 1915-1918 “ All welcome.

10/10/2021
09/02/2020

Members of Dalkeith History Society have paid tribute, to the Society’s founder and former Secretary, David R Smith, who has died at the age of 89.

David Smith was a man of many talents. Many will remember him as an excellent local politician. A lifelong member of the Labour Party, the youngest councillor in Scotland when first elected to Dalkeith Town Council, the last Provost of Dalkeith and the first Convenor of Midlothian District Council.

But we remember him as the man who gave us most of what we now know of Dalkeith's history. When local government was reorganised in 1975 and Dalkeith Town Council was abolished, David set up the Dalkeith History Society as a means of keeping Dalkeith's identity alive. David served as the Society's Secretary until he retired about 15 years ago and became our only Honorary Life Member.

David did a massive amount of research and published several books and newspaper articles. A collection of some of these articles was published in book form last year, a fitting tribute to David's work.

Our sympathies are with his widow Edit and their family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

On 9 December Dr Brian Moffat (archaeologist) gave a fascinating talk to Dalkeith History Society on Soutra Medieval Hos...
19/12/2019

On 9 December Dr Brian Moffat (archaeologist) gave a fascinating talk to Dalkeith History Society on Soutra Medieval Hospital. This popular event attracted visitors as well as members.

The next talk will be on Monday,13 January on Scottish Breeds of Dogs. The speaker is Bill Gillon.

12/12/2019
Dalkeith Nativity Scene is now on display within Dalkeith Museum. Opening times are Mon - Wed and Fri 10 00 - 15 00, Thu...
05/12/2019

Dalkeith Nativity Scene is now on display within Dalkeith Museum. Opening times are Mon - Wed and Fri 10 00 - 15 00, Thurs 10 15 - 15 00 also open on Sat 7 Dec from 10 00 - 15 00.

10/10/2019
10/10/2019
We currently have two new small exhibitions running - carpet making by Widnell and Stewart and china souvenir ornaments ...
14/03/2019

We currently have two new small exhibitions running - carpet making by Widnell and Stewart and china souvenir ornaments stamped with the Dalkeith crest. These 2 small exhibitions will run until end May. In June an exhibition will feature local heroes.

21/11/2017

The Heritage lottery funded element that contributed to the regeneration of Dalkeith Corn Exchange and funded a 3 year Heritage Officer post and associated activities draws to a close on the 30th November and this page will cease operating. We would like to thank everyone for their support and interest over the past few years. All future communications should be made through [email protected] or 0131 663 4683 ....look out for a new page -
Dalkeith Museum coming soon .....

Here's a few pics from our Roller rinking event on Saturday - more to come
18/10/2017

Here's a few pics from our Roller rinking event on Saturday - more to come

We were very fortunate with the weather and the turn out for the Geo Heritage walk with Andrew McMillan and Elaine Richa...
03/10/2017

We were very fortunate with the weather and the turn out for the Geo Heritage walk with Andrew McMillan and Elaine Richardson, who gave a facinating insight into stones as building materials and, they originated, and the process of restoration.

Building stones of Dalkeith - a Geoheritage walk on Sunday 1st October from 2-4.30
25/09/2017

Building stones of Dalkeith - a Geoheritage walk on Sunday 1st October from 2-4.30

A good day was had by all at our Doors Open Day Extravaganza, whether visiting the specially curatedexhibition in the mu...
11/09/2017

A good day was had by all at our Doors Open Day Extravaganza, whether visiting the specially curated
exhibition in the museum or dancing in the temporary Empress Ballroom - a BIG thank you to everyone who helped put it all together and turned up on the day , in particular Margaret Stewart and thanks to Ian Buchanan for providing the music for the Tea Dance.

Still time to book for our Doors open day special walking tour - Dark and Deadly does it again - https://www.eventbrite....
06/09/2017

Still time to book for our Doors open day special walking tour - Dark and Deadly does it again - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dark-and-deadly-does-it-again-tickets-37089216846

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, OUR WALKING TOUR EXPLORES THE DARK SECRETS OF DALKEITHS’ PAST – TALES OF WITCHCRAFT,MURDER, HANGINGS AND MORE WILL BE SHARED AS YOU EXPLORE THE HIDDEN PARTS OF DALKEITH TOWN CENTRE before returning to dalkeith museum for refreshments and some storytelling in the company of Ra...

22/08/2017

Check out our events - there's a whole bunch of exciting stuff about to happen .....watch this space

We're gearing up for Midlothian Doors Open day on September the 9th ....watch this space - Agriculture and Dancing cultu...
08/08/2017

We're gearing up for Midlothian Doors Open day on September the 9th ....watch this space - Agriculture and Dancing culture are our combined themes.

31/07/2017
We would like to introduce our new manequin - sporting the only outfit we have for women in our collection - if anyone o...
12/07/2017

We would like to introduce our new manequin - sporting the only outfit we have for women in our collection - if anyone out there has other outfits related to Dalkeith's past - war time, work, leisure etc we'd love to hear from you.

We were delighted to work with staff from WH Smith today assisting them with a photo shoot challenge to celebrate 225 ye...
12/07/2017

We were delighted to work with staff from WH Smith today assisting them with a photo shoot challenge to celebrate 225 years of trading - Ann-Marie Melrose,Lindsay Lewis and Canelle Friis, along with some of our volunteers created a now and then shop counter - the photo will be used in a relay style event across all WH Smith stores as part of their celebrations.
We've decided to leave some pf the display in place for a limited period - why not pop in this summer and see what else is on offer....

A few pics from our Dark and Deadly Dalkeith event which was enjoyed in glorious sunshine .
13/06/2017

A few pics from our Dark and Deadly Dalkeith event which was enjoyed in glorious sunshine .

There's still time to book a place on our Dark and Deadly Event on June 10th.....last few tickets remaining,, but not fo...
07/06/2017

There's still time to book a place on our Dark and Deadly Event on June 10th.....last few tickets remaining,, but not for long....

Address

61 Street Andrew St
Dalkeith
EH221BP

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 3pm
Thursday 11am - 3pm

Telephone

+441316634683

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Dalkeith Museum is located at the rear of the Dalkeith Corn Exchange. The restoration of the Dalkeith Corn Exchange, once the largest in Scotland, was a key element of the regeneration project carried out, in Dalkeith’s conservation area, with grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. The 3 year funded project enabled the Grade A listed Victorian building to be fully repaired and restored and to incorporate a bespoke Museum facility for the town.

The Museum provides an open, welcoming public space where the rich history and heritage of Dalkeith can be discovered and explored by both visitors and local residents. The Museum is managed and run by Dalkeith History Society through the Museum Advisory Group..


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