Friends of Whitburn Community Museum

Friends of Whitburn Community Museum Community museum to be housed in the new Whitburn Community Partnership Centre. Run by a group of volunteers collecting stories that make Whitburn great!

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We were very excited to receive the Whitburn Weavers 1831 banner back from the conservators today. You will be able to s...
10/08/2021

We were very excited to receive the Whitburn Weavers 1831 banner back from the conservators today. You will be able to see it on displays at the new Whitburn Museum when it opens next year.

We were very excited to receive the Whitburn Weavers 1831 banner back from the conservators today. You will be able to see it on displays at the new Whitburn Museum when it opens next year.

We received our digital interactive from Blackbox-av this morning. The interactive has a 43" inch screen and is going to...
01/07/2021

We received our digital interactive from Blackbox-av this morning. The interactive has a 43" inch screen and is going to look great in the new Whitburn Community Museum. We will spend the next few months programming it in preparation for the opening of the museum next Spring. We are looking for local images and videos for the interactive. If you think you can help, please get in touch.

We received our digital interactive from Blackbox-av this morning. The interactive has a 43" inch screen and is going to look great in the new Whitburn Community Museum. We will spend the next few months programming it in preparation for the opening of the museum next Spring. We are looking for local images and videos for the interactive. If you think you can help, please get in touch.

We have a bit of a mystery for you today. One of the items which will be included in the new museum is this gala day tic...
23/06/2021

We have a bit of a mystery for you today. One of the items which will be included in the new museum is this gala day ticket for 1960. We have discovered that the gala day ticket was contentious in 1960. There was a mistake made at the printers which according to the West Lothian Courier made its way into the national press. The gala day committee decided not re-issue the ticket although anyone not happy with their ticket was asked to contact the committee for a replacement. Were you at the 1960 gala day? Do you know what was wrong with the ticket?

We have a bit of a mystery for you today. One of the items which will be included in the new museum is this gala day ticket for 1960. We have discovered that the gala day ticket was contentious in 1960. There was a mistake made at the printers which according to the West Lothian Courier made its way into the national press. The gala day committee decided not re-issue the ticket although anyone not happy with their ticket was asked to contact the committee for a replacement. Were you at the 1960 gala day? Do you know what was wrong with the ticket?

Today we would like to introduce you to another of our volunteers - Roy: I am looking for your help and interest in the ...
01/06/2021

Today we would like to introduce you to another of our volunteers - Roy:

I am looking for your help and interest in the exciting new Whitburn Museum project which will be housed in the old Burgh Halls. As a Whitburn Downdie myself, I am proud of our town and its people.

My particular contribution is on the religious history of the Burgh. I would be very happy and grateful to speak with you about your experience or your family’s, or if you have any items connected to that story. Letters, photos, orders of service and memories of a wedding day or baptism for example would help to tell Whitburn’s story.

It is not only about the town’s churches though that itself is fascinating but about a surprising number of other related topics. Key events and people influenced Scottish society. Whitburn linked with people as diverse as Highland cattle drovers and early settlers in Nova Scotia and Canada whose legacy remains to this day.

You and your family share that heritage! Please contact me and the other volunteers

Today we would like to introduce you to another of our volunteers - Roy:

I am looking for your help and interest in the exciting new Whitburn Museum project which will be housed in the old Burgh Halls. As a Whitburn Downdie myself, I am proud of our town and its people.

My particular contribution is on the religious history of the Burgh. I would be very happy and grateful to speak with you about your experience or your family’s, or if you have any items connected to that story. Letters, photos, orders of service and memories of a wedding day or baptism for example would help to tell Whitburn’s story.

It is not only about the town’s churches though that itself is fascinating but about a surprising number of other related topics. Key events and people influenced Scottish society. Whitburn linked with people as diverse as Highland cattle drovers and early settlers in Nova Scotia and Canada whose legacy remains to this day.

You and your family share that heritage! Please contact me and the other volunteers

I'm Robert and I have been a part of the research team for a while now. My focus is Whitburn Band. I have been involved ...
07/05/2021

I'm Robert and I have been a part of the research team for a while now. My focus is Whitburn Band. I have been involved with the band since January 2004 and on top of my playing commitments, I took on the roll of librarian and archivist. The band celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.
I would ask if anyone has any memorabilia, photos, recordings or stories relating to the band then please get in touch. Would love to hear from you.

I'm Robert and I have been a part of the research team for a while now. My focus is Whitburn Band. I have been involved with the band since January 2004 and on top of my playing commitments, I took on the roll of librarian and archivist. The band celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.
I would ask if anyone has any memorabilia, photos, recordings or stories relating to the band then please get in touch. Would love to hear from you.

It's great to see work progressing on the Whitburn Partnership Centre. The new Community museum will be based in the bui...
15/04/2021

It's great to see work progressing on the Whitburn Partnership Centre. The new Community museum will be based in the building and we are really looking forward to sharing it with you next Spring.

We would like to introduce you to our another Whitburn Museum volunteer, Alistair:"Hi there, I'm Alistair and I'm respon...
29/03/2021

We would like to introduce you to our another Whitburn Museum volunteer, Alistair:
"Hi there, I'm Alistair and I'm responsible for looking in to the role Sport and Leisure has played in the Town's community over the years and in its historical development. I confess to not being a native of Whitty, but it's my long experience and participation in all different Sports in different places here and around the world, that has made me recognise the significant part Sport plays in bringing towns' communities together.

Early research (being nosey!) has led from the inevitable Football to Pigeon Racing and all stops in between including Darts, Bowling, Tennis etc, all contributing to the strength of Community within Whitburn.

Why not help me build that picture for all to share - no matter how little or insignificant you think your momentoes, memories and tales seem to you, I'd love you to share them with me and they can help me build the bigger picture for all to enjoy and take pride in? Please get in touch to just have a wee chat at first, and you'll be surprised how I can show you how your wee contribution will add to the full Community development story."

We would like to introduce you to our another Whitburn Museum volunteer, Alistair:
"Hi there, I'm Alistair and I'm responsible for looking in to the role Sport and Leisure has played in the Town's community over the years and in its historical development. I confess to not being a native of Whitty, but it's my long experience and participation in all different Sports in different places here and around the world, that has made me recognise the significant part Sport plays in bringing towns' communities together.

Early research (being nosey!) has led from the inevitable Football to Pigeon Racing and all stops in between including Darts, Bowling, Tennis etc, all contributing to the strength of Community within Whitburn.

Why not help me build that picture for all to share - no matter how little or insignificant you think your momentoes, memories and tales seem to you, I'd love you to share them with me and they can help me build the bigger picture for all to enjoy and take pride in? Please get in touch to just have a wee chat at first, and you'll be surprised how I can show you how your wee contribution will add to the full Community development story."

Happy World Book Day! This photograph shows the opening of Whitburn Library back in 1965. In the image you can see (L-R)...
04/03/2021

Happy World Book Day! This photograph shows the opening of Whitburn Library back in 1965. In the image you can see (L-R) Miss Milne County Librarian, Convener Jas Boyle, Christine MacKenzie & Alice Gibson, Library Assistants. Next year the library will be moving with us to the new Whitburn Partnership Centre. #worldbookday2021 #worldbookday

Do you have an images from Whitburn's past? We would love to include them in the new museum. Please send us a message if you can help.

Happy World Book Day! This photograph shows the opening of Whitburn Library back in 1965. In the image you can see (L-R) Miss Milne County Librarian, Convener Jas Boyle, Christine MacKenzie & Alice Gibson, Library Assistants. Next year the library will be moving with us to the new Whitburn Partnership Centre. #worldbookday2021 #worldbookday

Do you have an images from Whitburn's past? We would love to include them in the new museum. Please send us a message if you can help.

This is a fossilised root from the Lepidodendron tree of the Carboniferous period. It was found by a miner at Polkemmet ...
25/02/2021

This is a fossilised root from the Lepidodendron tree of the Carboniferous period. It was found by a miner at Polkemmet Pit in the workings below Armadale in the 1970s. It is one of the many items that will go on display in the new museum. We are also looking for more objects and photographs with a link to Polkemmet Pit. Please get in touch if you are able to help.

This is a fossilised root from the Lepidodendron tree of the Carboniferous period. It was found by a miner at Polkemmet Pit in the workings below Armadale in the 1970s. It is one of the many items that will go on display in the new museum. We are also looking for more objects and photographs with a link to Polkemmet Pit. Please get in touch if you are able to help.

Our next volunteer on the team is Samira:"I'm Samira and I have been a part of the research team for a few months now. I...
04/12/2020

Our next volunteer on the team is Samira:

"I'm Samira and I have been a part of the research team for a few months now. I have lived in Whitburn my whole life and I am thoroughly enjoying learning about it's history. I am currently a third year Law student, so the research topic I have chosen is regarding law and order, and local government in Whitburn in the past. I would appreciate any help regarding this research topic; any information about an aspect of politics or the law in Whitburn over the years. Thank you!"

Every bit of information and all donations of memorabilia/photographs have been so useful so far, so a big thank you!

Our next volunteer on the team is Samira:

"I'm Samira and I have been a part of the research team for a few months now. I have lived in Whitburn my whole life and I am thoroughly enjoying learning about it's history. I am currently a third year Law student, so the research topic I have chosen is regarding law and order, and local government in Whitburn in the past. I would appreciate any help regarding this research topic; any information about an aspect of politics or the law in Whitburn over the years. Thank you!"

Every bit of information and all donations of memorabilia/photographs have been so useful so far, so a big thank you!

The next members of our team are our duo, Linda and Jessica!"Hi Everyone, We are Linda and Jessica and we are researchin...
21/11/2020

The next members of our team are our duo, Linda and Jessica!

"Hi Everyone,
We are Linda and Jessica and we are researching education and what it means for Whitburn and how things have changed throughout the years.
We decided to volunteer with the museum last year so we could do something together whilst learning about the town that has been my home forever and Jessica’s since she was born.
If you have anything you could contribute please do get in touch, either stories or memorabilia".

I'm sure many of you have a story to tell or something to show from your time at school in Whitburn! Please get in touch as any help is welcomed.

The next members of our team are our duo, Linda and Jessica!

"Hi Everyone,
We are Linda and Jessica and we are researching education and what it means for Whitburn and how things have changed throughout the years.
We decided to volunteer with the museum last year so we could do something together whilst learning about the town that has been my home forever and Jessica’s since she was born.
If you have anything you could contribute please do get in touch, either stories or memorabilia".

I'm sure many of you have a story to tell or something to show from your time at school in Whitburn! Please get in touch as any help is welcomed.

Good afternoon. Our next researcher on our team is Carol!"I joined the project in late 2019 when two friends approached ...
10/11/2020

Good afternoon. Our next researcher on our team is Carol!

"I joined the project in late 2019 when two friends approached me when they were joining the team as they thought it would be something I’d enjoy….. I agreed.
I’m a full-time Exec Assistant and enjoying working for a Marketing and Branding company. I came to Whitburn with the Glasgow Overspill Project in 1962 when my Dad moved to work with the BMC truck plant which later changed its name to British Leyland before subsequently closing.

My topics for the project currently are:
1. 1980’s International Volleyball Exchange with Whitburn Volleyball Club and Uravo/Savicto Volleyball Club from Velp near Arnhem in The Netherlands. I would be delighted if anyone, who was involved, can help by loaning any memorabilia/ photos/videos etc. I am also conducting Zoom interviews and if any past participants would be willing to have their memories recorded for use in the museum I would welcome hearing from them. I can be contacted with reference to this topic by email to [email protected]
2. Current and past musical talent associated with the area - plan in progress
3. D-Day memories - once restrictions have been lifted I plan to conduct interviews with sheltered housing residents who can share their recollections of the celebratory day in the Whitburn area."

With Carol's broad range of research topics i'm sure someone reading this could be of great help! Feel free to contact the page with any information/memorabilia you may have.

Good afternoon. Our next researcher on our team is Carol!

"I joined the project in late 2019 when two friends approached me when they were joining the team as they thought it would be something I’d enjoy….. I agreed.
I’m a full-time Exec Assistant and enjoying working for a Marketing and Branding company. I came to Whitburn with the Glasgow Overspill Project in 1962 when my Dad moved to work with the BMC truck plant which later changed its name to British Leyland before subsequently closing.

My topics for the project currently are:
1. 1980’s International Volleyball Exchange with Whitburn Volleyball Club and Uravo/Savicto Volleyball Club from Velp near Arnhem in The Netherlands. I would be delighted if anyone, who was involved, can help by loaning any memorabilia/ photos/videos etc. I am also conducting Zoom interviews and if any past participants would be willing to have their memories recorded for use in the museum I would welcome hearing from them. I can be contacted with reference to this topic by email to [email protected]
2. Current and past musical talent associated with the area - plan in progress
3. D-Day memories - once restrictions have been lifted I plan to conduct interviews with sheltered housing residents who can share their recollections of the celebratory day in the Whitburn area."

With Carol's broad range of research topics i'm sure someone reading this could be of great help! Feel free to contact the page with any information/memorabilia you may have.

Hi everyone! Continuing with the introductions to the team, next up we have Lauren:"Hi, I’m Lauren, I joined the group b...
04/11/2020

Hi everyone! Continuing with the introductions to the team, next up we have Lauren:

"Hi, I’m Lauren, I joined the group back in February this year, spurred by an interest in local history. I’ve lived in West Lothian my entire life and have direct family links to Whitburn so was always interested in the towns industrial past! In my day job I work as an archaeologist so I have decided to apply this practical knowledge and picked up the topic of mining with a side topic of geology and archaeology in the local area. If you or anyone you know have interesting stories or items from the mines or if you’ve ever stumbled across an old coin or a fossil in the fields, please get in touch and let me know!"

This is a hugely exciting research topic because of the prominence of mining in Whitburn's history. Please get in touch with us about any stories, objects or information which may be of help to Lauren and make an interesting display in the museum!

Hi everyone! Continuing with the introductions to the team, next up we have Lauren:

"Hi, I’m Lauren, I joined the group back in February this year, spurred by an interest in local history. I’ve lived in West Lothian my entire life and have direct family links to Whitburn so was always interested in the towns industrial past! In my day job I work as an archaeologist so I have decided to apply this practical knowledge and picked up the topic of mining with a side topic of geology and archaeology in the local area. If you or anyone you know have interesting stories or items from the mines or if you’ve ever stumbled across an old coin or a fossil in the fields, please get in touch and let me know!"

This is a hugely exciting research topic because of the prominence of mining in Whitburn's history. Please get in touch with us about any stories, objects or information which may be of help to Lauren and make an interesting display in the museum!

Hi everyone! We thought it would be a good idea to let you meet the volunteers for this project and what area of Whitbur...
30/10/2020

Hi everyone! We thought it would be a good idea to let you meet the volunteers for this project and what area of Whitburn's history everyone is researching.

First up is our newest member, Ashley:
"My name is Ashley and I joined the team at the Whitburn Community Museum a few weeks ago.
I was born and raised in Whitburn (with a few years spent in East Whitburn too), so after finishing my PhD in history I was keen to volunteer on this project. I'm really excited to learn a little more about the place I've lived in for so much of my life.
I'm going to be researching the leisure time of Whitburn residents of the past. I'm interested in what you did in your spare time - dancing, going to the cinema, taking part in a club or society? In short, what did you do for fun in Whitburn?"

Do you have any information to help Ashley with her research regarding leisure time in Whitburn, or any item which could be displayed in the museum? Feel free to message us with anything you have, however big or small!

Hi everyone! We thought it would be a good idea to let you meet the volunteers for this project and what area of Whitburn's history everyone is researching.

First up is our newest member, Ashley:
"My name is Ashley and I joined the team at the Whitburn Community Museum a few weeks ago.
I was born and raised in Whitburn (with a few years spent in East Whitburn too), so after finishing my PhD in history I was keen to volunteer on this project. I'm really excited to learn a little more about the place I've lived in for so much of my life.
I'm going to be researching the leisure time of Whitburn residents of the past. I'm interested in what you did in your spare time - dancing, going to the cinema, taking part in a club or society? In short, what did you do for fun in Whitburn?"

Do you have any information to help Ashley with her research regarding leisure time in Whitburn, or any item which could be displayed in the museum? Feel free to message us with anything you have, however big or small!

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