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EAST LOTHIAN MEMBERS' CENTRE
( Charity Number SC 026085 )

The East Lothian Members' Centre is a registered Scottish Charity (Scottish Charity Number SC026085) and exists to give local NTS members the opportunity to support the Trust by participating in local events and activities.

The Centre has a programme of outings, talks and other events throughout the year. Our meetings are held in Haddington in either the Town House or Trinity Centre. Our afternoon meetings are followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. Our summer visits to various properties are listed below. We hope you enjoy them.

Enquiries please to - Margaret Russell - magr8@outlook.com or 01875 853370.

Programme April to September 2020

Tuesday 28th April 2020
Trip to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. Bought by the First Lord Armstrong in 1894, it is still owned by the Armstrong family. Housed within are over 3,000 artifacts ranging from porcelain plates and figurines, to arms and armour, with a beautiful collection of clocks, furniture and paintings. Come along to enjoy the village and its other attractions.
Monday 18th May 2020
Trip to see the Great Polish Map of Scotland in Eddleston.
The largest outdoor relief map in the world, this three-dimensional physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete, measures some 40m by 50m. It was built over six summers between 1974 and 1979, designed by Polish war veteran Jan Tomasik and built by a small group of Poles from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Restored by Mapa Scotland between 2010 and 2017, its old gravity-driven water supply is now reconnected and fills the surrounding seas and some lochs.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Trip to Lennoxlove House in East Lothian, family home of the Dukes of Hamilton.
The guided tour goes through a range of public rooms on the ground and 1st floors. Among the treasures it contains are the death mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, the casket which may have contained the "Casket Letters", and porcelain, paintings and furniture from the Hamilton Palace collection.
Enjoy a glass of wine on the conclusion of our visit.
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Trip to Falkland Palace Garden in Fife.
The garden was designed in 1946, in an Arts and Crafts manner, by Percy Cane. It has mixed borders, yew hedges, a lily pond and an outdoor chess board.
The palace was the country residence of the royal Stuarts, and was loved by Mary, Queen of Scots. The extensive formal gardens are home to the world's oldest real tennis court and a beautiful orchard. Enjoy a guided tour by the head Gardner over this extensive garden.
Thursday 23rd July 2020
Trip to Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline.
The visit will start in the cottage itself, no doubt wondering how an entire family could live and work in such a small space.
The main exhibition area offers everything from an insight into Carnegie's industrial achievements to a set of puppets from Sesame Street. Take a five-minute walk and visit the Heritage Quarter and explore the museum, exhibition galleries, Dunfermline Abbey Church and Palace.
Friday 21st August 2020
Trip to Mellerstain House in Gordon, Scottish Borders.
There are countless reasons to visit Mellerstain House and Gardens. Mellerstain is truly one of the great houses of Scotland. There is a superb collection of paintings including works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Aikman and Ramsay with many lovely pieces of period furniture, china and embroidery collections.
As well as a colourful terraced garden, it stands in 200 acres of parkland with a large pond, extensive woodland and is home to the Borders Sculpture Park.
Monday 7th September 2020
Visit to the Hill House in Helensburgh.
Be inspired by the unique building, interiors and collection designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh in the "Glasgow style". For those with a head for heights, venture onto the walkway over the roof to see the house in a way that even Mackintosh himself could not experience! Mackintosh designed nearly everything inside the Hill House too, from the decorative schemes and the furniture to the fittings and contents. His wife, Margaret Macdonald, designed and made many of the textiles as well as a beautiful fireplace panel.

East Lothian Members' Centre of The National Trust for Scotland is a registered Scottish charity number SC026085.

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