HLF funding award for West Lothian Council Archives




In partnership with Community Arts Service, we have been awarded £49,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the “Life is for Livingston – 50 years of new town life” project. This education and arts project will run from May 2012 to February 2014 and will engage and involve the people of various communities within Livingston in researching, recording and presenting the story of the new town over the last 50 years.


Using selected material from the archive collections, an exhibition will be put on display in a variety of locations across Livingston and will act as a stimulus for the oral history and other creative and educational elements of this project. A wide ranging programme of free, intergenerational group education activities will include:


  • Introduction to archives to enable people to learn how to access the Livingston records as a source of inspiration for the creative elements of the project
  • An oral history project to train and organise volunteers to collect 50 oral histories from different sections of their own communities.
  • Working with award-winning documentary filmmaker Tomas Sheridan, groups will utilise the archive collection to research and develop a documentary on the themes of the project and to record select interviews.
  • Workshops to enable groups to look at Livingston through photography. They will work with photographer, Lisa Fleming and will develop a book, postcards and an exhibition.
  • Working with artist Tessa Dunlop, groups will research the archives collection and create a ‘Stained Glass window’ telling the stories of Livingston’s 50 years.
  • The development of a mobile phone app to reveal the public art around Livingston, utilising the archive’s digital image collection.


The oral history and photography projects will feed back into the archive exhibition. Listening stations and displays will be added to provide an opportunity for the community to tell its own story as the exhibition travels around Livingston.  The project will generate learning and research material in the form of oral history recordings, photographs and documentary film which will be deposited in the Archives.


Over the next few months we will be training volunteers to gather oral history in order to record and preserve stories and memories about all aspects of Livingston life.  If you would like to participate either as a volunteer or to share your story we would be very interested to hear from you. 


Please contact:


Jennifer Tortolano or Emma Peattie at the Archives and Records Centre, 9 Dunlop Square, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston EH54 8SB.


Tel: 01506 773770 or e-mail: archive@westlothian.gov.uk


2 thoughts on “HLF funding award for West Lothian Council Archives

  1. Hello, Jennifer or Emma, are you still looking for people to relate their stories about moving to Livingston? My family moved there in 1968. We were one of the ‘pioneer’ families of the time.

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