Livingston was designated as a New Town on April, 17th1962, with the promise that Livingston would have it’s first residents by 1964. 50 years later, we are getting ready to celebrate Livingston’s 50th birthday. This important year offers us the opportunity to reflect on the transformation of Livingston from a settlement of farms and villages to a vibrant and economically active town in the heart of Scotland.
As part of the celebrations, the Archives and Records Centre will host a free exhibition ‘Livingston Lives’ – 50 years of new town life. Visitors will be able to enjoy a glimpse into new town life over the last 50 years through a display of archive photographs and records. Visitors will also be give the opportunity to share their own memories of life in Livingston and to add comments to the images on display. The exhibtion will run from 16th-30th April, Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm at the Archives & Records Centre, 9 Dunlop Square, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston EH54 8SB
We will also be celebrating this important year on Twitter and will use the records of the Livingston Development Corporation to recreate the first 15 years of development through an innovative twitter feed. Over the course of a year we will tweet key events as they happened. Each week in 2012-13 will represent 15 weeks in the life of the early new town. Join us on the 17th of April when the New Town will be designated once more. Follow us at https://twitter.com/LivingstonAt50