The Waggonway Project

The Waggonway Project We are a community heritage group, based at the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Centre, West Harbour Rd, Coc Please check website for any changes.

The Waggonway Project aims to enhance, interpret and promote the route of Scotland's First Railway, the 1722 Tranent - Cockenzie Waggonway, and its associated industries and environments. Our heritage centre has regular opening hours on Sat / Sun 10-3. If you would like to support our project, please join as a member via our website, like this page and share with your friends.

In the last 2 years, we’ve raised £1,250 with the East Lothian Lottery! If you fancy a go, come join us and have the cha...
07/12/2023

In the last 2 years, we’ve raised £1,250 with the East Lothian Lottery! If you fancy a go, come join us and have the chance of winning great prizes!

Half your ticket price comes straight to us, so it really is a great way to support the Waggonway Project 😊

1722 Waggonway Project is offering you the chance to win £25,000 and help raise much needed funds.

COMING TO THE WAGGONWAY ON DECEMBER 14th! Get your tickets now!🥳🎄❄️🎅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/product-page/...
06/12/2023

COMING TO THE WAGGONWAY ON DECEMBER 14th! Get your tickets now!
🥳🎄❄️🎅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/product-page/scotland-s-christmas-at-the-waggonway
🥳🎄❄️🎅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
It’s our celebration of Christmas, and aside from all the usual festivities and refreshments, Murray Cook will be with us to talk about the traditions of Scotland at this time of year!

Winter festivals in Scotland have been going on for a very long time-at least 10,000 years, in fact, which means that they predate traditional Christmas celebrations by some eight millennia! Scots have always loved to party when the days are cold and the nights are long. But what was the basis for all this seasonal merrymaking, and exactly what makes a Scottish Christmas so unique? And wasn't Christmas illegal in Scotland for 400 years?

In the modern age, Christmas has started to have an increasing impact on the popular culture of Scotland, and the book delves into how this celebration has been portrayed across different media such as TV, film, music, computer games and more. On top of all that, Scotland's Christmas also highlights a series of the worst festive seasons ever to be experienced in fair Caledonia through the years-and as you will read, there's a fair bit of competition for that infamous title over the ages, from Sir William Wallace to Bonnie Prince Charlie and beyond.

So get ready to discover exactly when Scotland discovered Santa Claus (and vice-versa), why the Wulver is arguably the country's least conventional festive hero, how Edinburgh influenced Charles Dickens's creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, where the country's first deep-fried mince pie was produced, and so much more besides. But whatever else you do, avoid the dreaded Chimney Demon at all costs-it might end up scorching more than your Christmas stocking on the fireplace!

MOVIE TIME🎬It’s been a while coming, and we don’t know the full picture yet (post-ex work continues), but we hope you en...
04/12/2023

MOVIE TIME🎬
It’s been a while coming, and we don’t know the full picture yet (post-ex work continues), but we hope you enjoy the story of our 2023 dig in this 1 hour long documentary special!

Grab your popcorn and dive in! 🍿🤗

The story of the 2023 excavation at Cockenzie Harbour - the Waggonway Project team, along with CFA Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology, were looking for remai...

🎄WAGGONWAY OPEN SATURDAY 10-3🎄And the kettle will be on - if you fancy warming up with a tea or coffee, just ask! ☕️😊
02/12/2023

🎄WAGGONWAY OPEN SATURDAY 10-3🎄
And the kettle will be on - if you fancy warming up with a tea or coffee, just ask! ☕️😊

WE’RE OPEN ON SATURDAY 10am - 3pm🎅❄️🎄We have brilliant gifts available - books, art prints, mugs, t-shirts 🎅❄️🎄www.1722w...
01/12/2023

WE’RE OPEN ON SATURDAY 10am - 3pm
🎅❄️🎄We have brilliant gifts available - books, art prints, mugs, t-shirts 🎅❄️🎄
www.1722waggonway.co.uk

This will be really good! Our longstanding friend and collaborator has a new book out!
30/11/2023

This will be really good! Our longstanding friend and collaborator has a new book out!

THE curator of Battle of Prestonpans Jacobite Museum has announced the launch of his new book which looks back at the battle career of Bonnie Prince…

Available now, exclusive to the Waggonway Project!A3 Art Prints of this fantastic 19th century Cockenzie Harbour paintin...
27/11/2023

Available now, exclusive to the Waggonway Project!
A3 Art Prints of this fantastic 19th century Cockenzie Harbour painting for £25!
These wonderful prints are limited edition and can only be purchased at the Waggonway Heritage Centre - open Saturdays 10-3.
https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/museum

Image courtesy of East Lothian Council Museums Service

Ooh a heritage flag competition! 😍
26/11/2023

Ooh a heritage flag competition! 😍

A competition has been launched to design new flags for the currently empty flagpoles on Cockenzie and Port Seton Promenade.

We’re next open on Saturday 2nd December, with a great selection of gifts available for the history lovers out there🎄🎅🎁h...
26/11/2023

We’re next open on Saturday 2nd December, with a great selection of gifts available for the history lovers out there
🎄🎅🎁
https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/

More photos from a brilliant day! If you didn’t make it, but want to buy a copy of the book, check out our web shop or v...
25/11/2023

More photos from a brilliant day! If you didn’t make it, but want to buy a copy of the book, check out our web shop or visit the Waggonway Museum next Saturday

https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk

Our days’ activities were enhanced by the addition of the wonderful reenactors from Catching The Past! It was wonderful ...
25/11/2023

Our days’ activities were enhanced by the addition of the wonderful reenactors from Catching The Past! It was wonderful to have so many additional reenactors for our celebration of Scottish Salt!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Salt Walk from Cockenzie to Prestonpans today!Massive thanks also  to the Battle of P...
25/11/2023

Thanks to everyone who came to our Salt Walk from Cockenzie to Prestonpans today!

Massive thanks also to the Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust for providing additional reenactors and for hosting the book launch event 👏👏👏

It’s the very first National Illustration Day!So it’s appropriate that we give a massive thank you to our in-house illus...
24/11/2023

It’s the very first National Illustration Day!
So it’s appropriate that we give a massive thank you to our in-house illustrator, Alan R Braby Archaeological Illustrator, who has provided us with so many beautiful images over the last 7 years!

And why not come and meet him and ask a few questions tomorrow at our walk from Cockenzie to Prestonpans and the book event at Prestonpans Jacobite Museum 😊

We’re closed on Saturday 18th. Back next week for our salt walk and book event 😀👍🏻
17/11/2023

We’re closed on Saturday 18th. Back next week for our salt walk and book event 😀👍🏻

Scotland's Christmas at the Waggonway! 🌲❄️This fantastic festive evening will be sure to get you in the seasonal spirit!...
13/11/2023

Scotland's Christmas at the Waggonway! 🌲❄️

This fantastic festive evening will be sure to get you in the seasonal spirit! Check out all the details here: https://fb.me/e/1DedwQ9H0

Tickets are £10 - all proceeds go towards our heritage projects 😊
Ticket link - https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/product-page/scotland-s-christmas-at-the-waggonway

Join in the festivities at the Waggonway Heritage Centre on Thursday 14th December for an evening of festive celebrations. Starting at 7.30pm, we have a superb guest speaker in Murray Cook, who will guide us through Scotland's Celebrations, Traditions and Customs, from Samhain to Still Game! Tickets...

It’s a beautiful day in Cockenzie!Pop in and see us at the Waggonway Museum - we’re open 10am - 3pmWe have:AMAZING histo...
11/11/2023

It’s a beautiful day in Cockenzie!
Pop in and see us at the Waggonway Museum - we’re open 10am - 3pm

We have:
AMAZING history ✅
SALT books ✅
Cockenzie Harbour Mugs ✅
And loads more ….

Find us at West Harbour Rd, Cockenzie
https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/museum

HERITAGE CENTRE OPEN! Saturday 4th November 11-4We have SALT books and NEW Cockenzie Harbour mugs on sale!! 😍
03/11/2023

HERITAGE CENTRE OPEN!
Saturday 4th November 11-4
We have SALT books and NEW Cockenzie Harbour mugs on sale!! 😍

IN STOCK NOW! Our recently released collaborative publication - great for history lovers and archaeology buffs, this boo...
02/11/2023

IN STOCK NOW!
Our recently released collaborative publication - great for history lovers and archaeology buffs, this book will make a great festive gift 🙂

Buy from our heritage centre or online here👇

Order the Waggonway Project’s latest collaborative publication now! Salt is a vital commodity. For many centuries it sustained life for Scots as seasoning for a diet dominated by grains (mainly oats), and for preservation of fish and cheese. Sea-salt manufacturing is one of Scotland’s oldest ind...

31/10/2023

A beautiful day along the coast today 🌤️🌊
Get out and about (weather permitting) this autumn and winter with Go Jauntly walks in Preston Seton & Gosford! ⬇️
https://www.saltoftheearthheritage.com/gojauntly
🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🚶‍♀️

The Waggonway Museum will be open on Saturday 28th Oct from 11am - 4pmWe also have our latest publication back on sale! ...
27/10/2023

The Waggonway Museum will be open on Saturday 28th Oct from 11am - 4pm

We also have our latest publication back on sale! It covers the history, archaeology and current Scottish salt industry with a fascinating series of chapters, including some which we wrote!!

Pop in tomorrow or find out more here - https://www.1722waggonway.co.uk/shop-1

OPEN! 😊Saturday 11-4Discover Scotland’s first railway!
14/10/2023

OPEN! 😊
Saturday 11-4
Discover Scotland’s first railway!

A nice write up in the East Lothian Courier 👌
10/10/2023

A nice write up in the East Lothian Courier 👌

Excavations at Cockenzie Harbour have uncovered exciting new insights into the salt industry and Scotland’s earliest railway.

CLOSED on Sat 7th October Due to there being a ⚠️weather warning ⚠️ for rain, we have decided that we won’t open this we...
06/10/2023

CLOSED on Sat 7th October
Due to there being a ⚠️weather warning ⚠️ for rain, we have decided that we won’t open this weekend.

Stay dry this weekend 🌧️🌧️🌧️

Our team are in Ayr today, for a demo of 18th century method salt making at Blackthorn Salt 😀🧂🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
23/09/2023

Our team are in Ayr today, for a demo of 18th century method salt making at Blackthorn Salt 😀🧂🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

SEE THE SALT PAN TRENCH IN 3D 👨‍💻😀Now that the dig season is over, what better way to enjoy it all over again from the c...
22/09/2023

SEE THE SALT PAN TRENCH IN 3D 👨‍💻😀
Now that the dig season is over, what better way to enjoy it all over again from the comfort of your own home, than to explore the 3D models of our trenches?

Zoom right in and see the 18th century bricks in all their glory! 😁

Excavated September 2023

Thanks to Dig It for updating the 1722 Waggonway Wikipedia page - great job 👏👏👏
19/09/2023

Thanks to Dig It for updating the 1722 Waggonway Wikipedia page - great job 👏👏👏

Wikipedia is one of the most-visited websites in the world, which is why keeping it updated with information about Scottish archaeology is so important 🌐

As part of our Scotland Digs 2023: Free Days Out campaign, we've been working with archaeologists and student Elliot Knell to update pages about sites, monuments and places connected to the campaign: https://bit.ly/WikipediaEditing

Wow! Thanks to Edge Group Scotland for sharing these brilliant photos of their visit to the dig! It was brilliant to hos...
18/09/2023

Wow! Thanks to Edge Group Scotland for sharing these brilliant photos of their visit to the dig! It was brilliant to host you and see the wide range of finds that you found in the spoil heap! Thanks for all the help!! 😊

THANK YOU!!We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our Archaeology Fortnight events such a huge success! All our vol...
14/09/2023

THANK YOU!!
We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our Archaeology Fortnight events such a huge success!

All our volunteers 👏
CFA Archaeology Ltd ⛏️
Wessex Archaeology💻
East Lothian Council Archaeology Service 🏛️
Salt of the Earth - Preston, Seton, Gosford Heritage Connections👨‍💻
Dig It📸
On Historical Lines 🛤️
Seagreen Wind Energy 🌬️

And everyone else who played your part!

Thank you! 😊

The dust is settling on some fabulous archaeology which our volunteers uncovered over the weekend! Here’s a few photos, ...
12/09/2023

The dust is settling on some fabulous archaeology which our volunteers uncovered over the weekend! Here’s a few photos, including some excellent aerial views courtesy of CFA Archaeology Ltd 😊

We’re still unpicking all the information, but will update further as soon as we can!

Ahead of our forthcoming dig, Ed has teamed up with The Shindig Archaeology Podcast to tell them all about the Waggonway...
28/08/2023

Ahead of our forthcoming dig, Ed has teamed up with The Shindig Archaeology Podcast to tell them all about the Waggonway Project and what we’re up to in September! Hope you enjoy 😊

From salty medieval monks to the Industrial Revolution of coal and railways - via Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Battle of Prestonpans fought on the site - our Dig It x Shindig special episode hops on board Scotland's First Railway with The Waggonway Project's Ed Bethune!

Download and subscribe to 'The Shindig - An Archaeology Podcast' wherever you get yours and watch the video on YouTube!

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qHsn1hlQYv82LZ8NBVhwk?si=aZ4aT1DkSRulq9OsLERr2Q

Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/scotlands-first-railway-the-1722-waggonway-project-with/id1598559414?i=1000625869768

YouTube - https://youtu.be/2IG8c6ltsxA?feature=shared

28/08/2023

What do a medieval friary in Haddington and the site of Scotland's first railway have in common? Both will be excavated this summer! 🌞

From 2 September, dig into these events and more with East Lothian Archaeology & Heritage Fortnight: https://bit.ly/3KXxhJD

Visit the Waggonway Project! 🛤️Open Saturdays 11am - 4pm
26/08/2023

Visit the Waggonway Project! 🛤️
Open Saturdays 11am - 4pm

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