The History of Leith

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Positive reaction from Scottish Parliament to museum petition

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

The Committee agreed to seek a further response from the City of Edinburgh Council on what practical and financial support it can and will give to progress the establishment of a Leith Museum. It also agreed to seek a response from the Scottish Government on what action it will take to encourage applications and provide practical assistance, for example through capital grant funding, to assist supporters wishing to establish local museums and, on this specific proposal, whether it will consider establishing a working group to help progress this matter further. It also agreed to write to Scottish Enterprise to seek an update on the current waterfront visitor destination development plan.
These organisations have been asked to respond by 25 April……for more click here

LEITH – 100 Years ago

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

This regular column will it is hoped let you have a taste of not just what was happening in Leith, but what the Leith newspapers were reporting. There were no such things as headlines in those days the newspapers relied largely on Advertising and the front pages were wholly devoted d to that. for more click here

Campaigning for a Leith Museum

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

The responses to the consultation carried out by the Petitions Committee clearly indicate that there is considerable support for the idea of a Leith Museum. I highlight the following comments made in the responses received:

1. The Scottish Museums Council supports the principle of a Leith Museum

2. City of Edinburgh Council states: The importance of Leith and its role in Scottish history deserves to be told in a dedicated museum….[and] Custom House..remains the most appropriate venue for a museum of Leith

3. Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian “has recognised the need to jointly create an international world-class Waterfront [which includes Leith]”
Our campaign for a Leith Museum continues to garner widespread community support, and we have now constituted our group as the Leith Museum Group. We are likely to apply for charitable status shortly.

As a group, we have given considerable thought to the best way forward for the initiative. We have decided to seek funding for a number of short term activities to promote the history of Leith, including an oral history project and also a mobile exhibition. These initiatives are valid in themselves, but would also keep the momentum behind our wish to establish a permanent museum for Leith, in which the material produced by such initiatives could also find a home.

Our ultimate objective, therefore, is to see the establishment of a permanent museum for Leith – a museum which would also be a museum for Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland given Leith’s special place in Scotland’s history. It is clear from the responses from both official bodies and from the community that the ideal venue for such a museum would be Leith Custom House.

This is currently used by the National Museums of Scotland for storage, but we understand they hope to dispose of that building in the not too distant future to fund their plans for new storage facilities elsewhere.

Our group has had some discussions with the National Museums regarding Leith Custom House. We would hope that the Petitions Committee would recommend to the relevant Minister that the National Museums be encouraged to enter into a positive dialogue with our group to allow us to develop and bring forward a proposal for a Leith Museum Trust to acquire Leith Custom House as a home for a future museum of Leith.

Mark Lazarowicz, Chair Leith Museum Group
MP for Edinburgh North & Leith
6 February 2008


Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching, but in historical instances also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials. for more click here

‘The Life of Calcraft’

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Witchcraft (from Old English wiccecræft “sorcery , necromancy”), in various historical, anthropological, religious and mythological contexts, is the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers. for more click here

Turning the Riddle

Sunday, February 17th, 2008


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Cromwell,Leith,and South Leith

Sunday, February 17th, 2008


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