The Linlithgow Museum

Spinning, Linlithgow Museum (Linlithgow Story)
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Spinning, Linlithgow Museum (Linlithgow Story)

Located in Tam Dalyell House (the former County Buildings) on the High Street in Linlithgow (West Lothian), Linlithgow Museum explores the rich history of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. At the centre of the 'Civic Life' gallery is a life-size statue of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), and the museum chronicles the Stewart kings, who built Linlithgow Palace, and the ordinary people who developed the trades of the town. Using displays and multi-media presentations, industries such as tanning, shoe-making, mining, tobacco manufacture, distilling, paper-making, pharmaceuticals and electronics are described. The royal connections of the town are recounted, from King David I (c.1080 - 1153), who built a hunting lodge on the site of the palace, to King James VI (1566 - 1625) who left Scotland to rule from London. There is also a small exhibition to celebrate Star Trek character Lieutenant Commander "Scotty" Scott, who is said to have been born in Linlithgow in 2222, with memorabilia from the TV show and personal items donated by the actor James Doohan's family.

There is also a community room, used for temporary exhibitions, workshops, talks and film screenings.

The Linlithgow Museum has its origins in the Linlithgow Story exhibition which occupied the nearby Annet House from 1992. Operated by Linlithgow Heritage Trust, a volunteer-run charity, it moved to its present location in 2019.

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