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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 the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Church Street, Haddington EH41 3EX at 14.00.
Our programmes of speakers for winter 2021/22 and outings for summer 2022 are given below.

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

Programme October 2021 to September 2022

Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 14:00
Sandra Goodswen, "Inns and their Signs".
An illustrated talk on the many types of signs and the stories behind their names.
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at 14:00
Iain Gray, "The Scottish Parliament".
Former MSP for East Lothian, an illustrated talk on the parliament and its workings.
Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 14:00
Kate Rycroft, "Amisfield Walled Garden".
After years of neglect, a team of volunteers are bringing it back to life. One of the largest walled gardens in Scotland with eight acres of garden and ornamental pavilions, an illustrated talk about this wonderful garden.
Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 14:00
George Robertson, "Belhaven Hill and the SOE in WW2"
An illustrated talk on how the school was evacuated and the building requisitioned by the war department turning it into a special training school for the Special Operations Executive.
Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 14:00
Dr Kate Stephenson, NTS "Fashion and Functionality: The Rise and Fall of Gladstone's Land through the Clothing of its Residents".
Kate is a cultural historian with diverse research interests within the fields of dress and social history. An illustrated and hands on talk.
Tuesday 1st March 2022 at 14:00
Liz Curtis "East Lothian's Place-names: A journey through time".
An illustrated talk preceded by our AGM.
Liz outlines how place-names have developed over the last 2,000 years and she is a member of the Scottish Place-Name Society.
Wednesday 11th May 2022, outing to Abbotsford
Our first visit involves a relatively short journey to near Melrose, and a place many of you will be familiar with. The 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's birth was celebrated in 2021, more muted than they would have hoped, but I know they have some extra souvenirs in the shop for the anniversary. We will have a free-flow house tour, in small groups, then time for you to visit the gardens, lovely on a sunny day. And not forgetting the small chapel, which is sometimes overlooked. And the display in the visitor centre.
Thursday 23rd June, outing to House of Dun
Another of renowned Georgian architect William Adam's designs, this Palladian style mansion house is well worth a visit and we will be shown around by costumed Characters. The house was built for David Erskine and started in 1730, taking 13 years to complete! It features some of the most breathtaking plasterwork by Joseph Enzer in the main drawing room of the house while the kitchen downstairs was at the forefront of technology. There is even a boot bath - an 1800's contraption for fully enclosed bathing. There is a beautiful walled garden which has been restored to the original design of the 1840's. Also the courtyard buildings are now home to the Angus Folk Collection which uses innovative modes of display to show the rich agricultural heritage of Angus.
Wednesday 3rd August 2022, outing to Marchmont House
Whilst the core parts of the house are Georgian, we embraced the changes made by Sir Robert Lorimer - a key Scottish protagonist of the arts-andcrafts movement. Large parts of the house are furnished in the spirit of the movement. There has also been a deliberate strategy to acquire a more eclectic mix of contents that also encompasses Victorian, Edwardian, Arts-and-Crafts and modern works. As a result, the entire Lorimer attic floor is now furnished with pieces by such luminaries as Gimson, Barnsley, Gordon Russell and indeed Lorimer himself, while works by sculptors as diverse as Hepworth, Moore, Turnbull, Chadwick and Paolozzi are displayed throughout the house and its immediate surrounding. Marchmont is an imposing "Grade A" listed Palladian mansion built in 1750 by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. The interior at Marchmont is arguably one of the finest in Scotland, and the house retains many of its original features, including the magnificent George II period plasterwork by Thomas Clayton, the pre-eminent plasterer of the time. There is a diverse collection of furniture, pictures, textiles and ceramics from this period including pieces by Gimson, Barnsley, Lorimer, Clissett, Lutyens, Thompson, E A Taylor and Whytock & Reid.
Tuesday 13th September 2022, outing to The Burrell Collection
An opportunity to visit the newly refurbished Burrell Collection building with many new exhibits. A museum guide will take us on a tour of the paintings and artefacts including an exquisite Ming vase and medieval stained glass and tapestries. A space will be set aside in the restaurant to seat our group and we will be offered a 10% discount in the shop with free use of the cloakroom where you can leave your coats. The recent work to the building increases space by more than a third to show even more works donated by Sir William Burrell to the City in 1944. The project has also included landscaped terraces which link the gallery to Pollok Park. Apart from the tour there will be time to look around by yourselves.

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

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