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!

Get in contact if you have any information you would like to share.

02/10/2023

We are on the look out for new players, please share.

24/06/2023
17/04/2023
03/03/2023

OPEN REHEARSAL

Whitburn, Lochgelly Band, Whitburn Heartlands Band and Kirkton Brass Bathgate will all be featured in an Open Rehearsal ahead of this year’s Scottish Brass Band Championships.

Whitburn, conducted by Professor Nicholas Childs, will showcase Philip Wilby’s Red Priest – the Championship Section test this year.

Lochgelly and Chris Shanks will rehearse and perform the First Section piece The Day in the Life of a Knight, composed by Phil Lawrence.

Whitburn Heartlands, conducted by Paul Kiernan, will work on the Third Section test Chorale and Toccata by Stephen Bulla, while Kirkton Brass and Simon Railton will play Hungerford Town by Darrol Barry – the Fourth Section work at this year’s regional championships.

The open rehearsal is free to attend and will be held at the Pentecostal Church in Whitburn on Friday, March 10, starting at 7:30pm.

The contests themselves will be held at Perth Concert Hall (pictured) on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12.

18/01/2023

AKTUALIZACJA: POSZUKIWANIA ZAKOŃCZONO! KOBIETA ZOSTAŁA ODNALEZIONA!

Zaginęła 37-letnia Monika B.!
Kobieta pochodzi z Leska (podkarpackie), ale od dłuższego czasu mieszka i pracuje w Wielkiej Brytanii. Jej ostatnie miejsce zamieszkania to 52 Craig Ave w miejscowości Whitburn (Szkocja) - obok Edynburgu.
Ostatni kontakt z zaginioną miał miejsce w listopadzie 2022 r. - niestety od tego czasu nie nawiązała kontaktu z bliskimi.

Rysopis:
◼ około 160 cm wzrostu,
◼ brązowe oczy,
◼ czarne długie włosy.
Znaki szczególne to ręka pokryta tatuażami tzw. rękaw.

Istnieje możliwość, że 37-latka przebywa w szpitalu lub potrzebuje pomocy medycznej - według bliskich jej stan zdrowia pogorszył się w ostatnim czasie.

O szczególną pomoc prosimy osoby, mieszkające na terenie UK❕

Jeśli ktoś z Państwa posiada informację o zaginięciu kobiety, prosimy o natychmiastowy kontakt z KPP Lesko 47 829 23 10 lub z naszą redakcją 605 605 405; 605 605 640.

09/12/2022

Whitburn Heritage Trail
Plans are progressing to develop a heritage trail in Whitburn. Public consultation and engagement has started and includes community workshops, drop-in sessions, and questionnaire survey. The survey can be completed online or in-person from Monday at Whitburn Partnership Centre and the Whitburn Community Museum within it, where printed forms are available and can be return to the ‘drop box’ facility. We would really love to hear your feedback and to let us know your views on the heritage trail. Please kindly respond with your comments by 5pm on Friday 13 January 2023. The survey will take no more than 4 minutes to complete. Click the link to take part bit.ly/3VFhGl3

07/11/2022
Whitburn Community Museum is now open in the new Whitburn Partnership Centre. Drop by and discover something new about o...
25/10/2022

Whitburn Community Museum is now open in the new Whitburn Partnership Centre. Drop by and discover something new about our town's history. Our fantastic opening temporary exhibition is brought to you by Whitburn Band

12/09/2022

What is a bing? A eyesore or an archive? A day-long creative workshop explores slagheaps of Ukraine and the UK, ecology and industry

Sign up to attend using the link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/into-the-bings-explore-write-repeat-tickets-409925647647

About this event
In this day-long workshop we will explore the industrial history and heritage of the West Lothian region and bring this into conversation with stories of industrial regions from Ukraine, with bings of their own. Working with West Lothian Council archives, and artists and writers from Scotland and Mariupol, we will ask what new stories can be told about the (post-)industrial places that we love.

The day will include an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing by taking part in a creative writing workshop. Award-winning poet and author Garry MacKenzie will help you to discover how to write about the world around us – from animals and plants to the traces of West Lothian’s industrial past which are visible in the landscape. We’ll also delve into the history of the region’s mining communities, and work together on composing a community poem celebrating the area’s heritage and looking forwards to its future. Fun writing activities will help you to explore some of the techniques which writers use to bring their imaginations, and their physical environments, to life.

Into the Bings is brought to you by Donbas in Focus, a collaborative art and research project that explores the history and representation of industry in the UK and Ukraine. Donbas in Focus and it is generously supported by the AHRC. It is led by Victoria Donovan, and based at the University of St Andrews. We would like to thank our partners, the West Lothian Council in Scotland and the FreeFilmers collective in Ukraine.

20/06/2022
29/04/2022

Open rehearsals by Whitburn and Kirkintilloch ahead of the Spring Festival Friday 29 April 2022 Two Scottish championship bands are holding open rehearsals ahead of their appearances in the Spring Festival at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday 7 May. Whitburn Band, conducted by director of....

21/04/2022

We are still looking for objects for the new Whitburn museum. We are particularly interested in items relating to school days, gala days and local clubs and groups. We would also love to have a vintage football with Whitburn connections. Please get in touch if you are able to help.

This infant school picture is from 1958 and shows class 2a. Do you recognise the school?
19/04/2022

This infant school picture is from 1958 and shows class 2a. Do you recognise the school?

03/04/2022
02/04/2022

This is , she’s led me on the most amazing journey for a year and a half. And now, at last, we’re gonna share her story with you. I am SOOOOOO excited. She’s a firecracker, hold on tight.

Join us at Lyceum Theatre on April 3 for a sneak peek into this adventure — featuring Anna Russell-Martin, Tam Dean Burn, and Whitburn Band. Tickets below!

https://martingreenmusic.co.uk/liveatlyceum

Well done Whitburn Band!The Community Museum in Whitburn Library is currently hosting a display from Whitburn Band which...
14/03/2022

Well done Whitburn Band!

The Community Museum in Whitburn Library is currently hosting a display from Whitburn Band which showcases photographs and prizes charting their rich history - why don’t you pop in to have a look.

Scottish Brass Band Champions! 🏆

Congratulations to our conductor Professor Nicholas Childs, and Bryan Allen who helped to prepare the band.

Well done to the individual prize winners - Chris Bradley (Best Cornet), Scott Forrest (Best Soprano), Andrew McMillan (Best Tenor Horn), Chris Shanks (Best Euphonium) and Graham Fraser (Best Bass), and Best Bass Section (Graham, Robert Fraser, Alan Gourlay, Neill Gourlay) and Best Percussion (Chris Yule, Stephen Duncan and Ryan Bradley).

Congratulations to all the prize winners over the weekend, and thank you to the Scottish Brass Band Association for organising the event.

Onward!

04/03/2022
22/02/2022
William Griffiths was one of Whitburn’s best-known characters of the 20th century.  He began as a bus driver in the 1920...
09/02/2022

William Griffiths was one of Whitburn’s best-known characters of the 20th century. He began as a bus driver in the 1920s, and went on to become a coal-merchant. His business acumen and eye for opportunities led him to expand into making coal briquettes- using cheap coal dust to provide domestic fuel during the shortages after WWII. His great success was in seeing the possibilities of the millions of tons of red blaes which formed the shale bings around West Lothian. He bought many of them up, and sold the blaes as bottoming for new motorways and other construction projects, including the Grangemouth oil refinery. This earned him the title “King of the Bings”.

As well as a businessman, Griffiths also served the community as a councillor, baillie, and eventually Provost of Whitburn. He became Provost in 1953, but had to give up the post through ill-health only two years later. However, as Provost he welcomed the Queen to Whitburn during the Royal Visit in 1955. He also served as chair of the West Lothian Licensing Court for many years. William Griffiths died in 1978 at the age of 67.

Did you know that Whitburn has a direct connection with Scotland’s national bard?  Robert Burns’s first child is buried ...
25/01/2022

Did you know that Whitburn has a direct connection with Scotland’s national bard? Robert Burns’s first child is buried in Whitburn.

Elizabeth, was born in 1785. Her mother was Elizabeth Paton, a servant of Burn’s mother at Lochlea, Tarbolton. Burns greeted his daughter with a poem, “A Poet’s Welcome to his Love-Begotten Daughter”, which was first published after his death.

Sweet fruit o’ monie a merry dint,
My funny toil is no a’ tint;
Tho’ ye come to the warld asklent,
Which fools may scoff at,
In my last plack your part’s be in’t,
The better half o’t.
For if thou be, what I wad hae thee,
And tak the counsel I shall gie thee,
I’ll never rue my trouble wi’ thee,
The cost nor shame o’t,
But be a loving Father to thee,
And brag the name o’t.

In reply to a request from the taxman for a list of his horses, servants, dependents, etc. Burns wrote the witty Inventory, with its mention of the young Elizabeth:

Wi weans I’m mair than weel contented,
Heav’n sent me ane mare than I wanted!
My sonsie, smirking, Dear-Bought Bess,
She stared the daddy in her face,
Enough of ought ye like but grace;
But her, my bonnie sweet wee lady,
I’ve paid enough for her already,
An’ gin ye tax her or her mither,
B’ the L-d! ye’se get them a’ thegither.

Elizabeth was brought up at Mossgiel by Burns’s mother and then his brother Gilbert; Burns paid an annual allowance for her care. After Burns death in 1796, when she went back to live with her own mother. Elizabeth married John Bishop at the age of 21 using £200 from a public fund to support Burns’ dependents as her “dowry”.

John Bishop became the factor for the Polkemmet Estate, in 1807. The couple lived at Halfway House and had seven children. Elizabeth was only 32 when she died. She is buried in Whitburn churchyard and her grave is marked by a cast-iron memorial which was restored in 2010.

We want to feature Elizabeth in the new museum in Whitburn Community Museum. Do you have a 19th century copy of Burns’ Poems which you would be willing to give or lend to us for display in the Museum? If so we would be excited to hear from you; please send us a message via Facebook.

31/12/2021

These are the conductors and players we've picked to perform in our 2021 Band of the Year line-up - if we were ever lucky enough to get them together for a one off performance.

28/12/2021

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.

28/12/2021
27/12/2021
Do you have any stories you would like to share with our volunteers?
24/09/2021

Do you have any stories you would like to share with our volunteers?

Miners lamps were issued from the lamp cabin at the beginning of each shift and returned at the end so that they could be fully charged for their next use. This image, photographed in the 1950s, shows Richard MacGregor check off miners lamps in the lamp cabin at Polkemmet.

Cap lamps came into use between the wars because they were much safer than open flames.

Did you or a family member work in the pits? Our volunteers are currently research mining in Whitburn for the new Whitburn Community Museum. If you or any of your loved ones have stories from the local collieries we would love to hear from you.

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 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 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?

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