Our new Sporting East Lothian Exhibition is up. Featuring gems such as sporting bibs worn by George McNeill from Tranent. George McNeill was one of the fastest men in the world in the 1960s running 110m in 11 seconds. Also included are archive sketches from the BBCs ‘It’s a Knockout’ when it was held in North Berwick and an account of the shooting of the silver arrow in
Musselburgh from 1647. The shooting of the silver arrow is thought to be the oldest sporting competition in the world.
Illustrating the Archive – Lucy Roscoe
We are lucky enough to have the very talented Lucy Roscoe working with us at the moment. Lucy is taking stories and records from our collections and providing beautiful illustrations. See her first blog and illustration on our website here.
We welcomed our volunteers back now that we are settled in our new premises. They are working on various projects including providing scanned images for each of our collections to help us build up an imagedatabase and to improve the appearance of our catalogue and helping us identify and prepare material in our collections for us to use for our WW1 centenary project next year. We’re glad to have them back!
The accessions keep pouring in too. In the past 2 weeks we have had:
- a collection of log books from St Josephs School 1930-1989,
- diaries of a farmer covering the period 1913-1984,
- records of Musselburgh Merchants Association 1898-1985,
- ledger and maps relating to the former Bruntons wireworks 1916-1987,
- a raft of bound District Council minutes 1975-1995,
- diaries of a Musselburgh seamstress 1977-1983,
- papers relating to the Hope family and Luffness estate 1915-1916
- records of Musselburgh Tennis club 1924-1988
I’d better get cataloguing!
Since opening the archive searchroom has welcomed almost 200 visitors and produced almost 700 items.