Burgh Halls opens for its own exhibition

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THE fascinating history of a Linlithgow landmark is being brought to life in a major new exhibition.

The Linlithgow Story exhibition runs from today (Friday) August 12 to November 13 in the town’s Burgh Halls, and tells the tale of the historic building and its importance to cultural life in Linlithgow.

The free exhibition celebrates the unique and colourful history of Linlithgow through one of its most prominent buildings, and is the culmination of years of hard work and effort. It shows how the building has changed from the 1800s through to the present day, and features a wide range of exhibits including photography, painting and ceramics.

The stunning building has recently undergone a £5.2million redevelopment to create a unique venue that celebrates the rich heritage of Linlithgow and provides stylish, modern facilities for the town.

Jim Walker, executive councillor for culture and leisure, said: “Linlithgow has a long and distinguished history, and the Burgh Halls has been at the heart of life in the town since it was built.

“This new exhibition in the new gallery rooms shows the continuing transformation of the building, which is now the perfect wedding, event or conference venue, a visitor attraction, a restaurant/café, an education centre and much more.”

Highlights of the exhibition includes a reproduction of ‘Linlithgow Palace 1901’ by landscape artist J M William Turner, and a series of classic reproduction prints depicting the changes in the building from the early 1800s onwards.

Malcolm Fraser Architects have also put together a series of displays that show the refurbishment of the Linlithgow Burgh Halls, from conceptual development and visionary design to the finished work that enhances the distinctive character of the building.

Other items on show include the Delft-inspired blue and white tiled fireplace in the gallery created by Douglas Watson Studios, which contains over 60 unique tile designs including a reference to Linlithgow’s future Star Trek links, and a number of artifacts from Linlithgow’s past, such as one of the original wooden courtroom chairs and the chance to see the Provost Chain up close.

A variety of music and art-related activities and events are also taking place at the Burgh Halls to coincide with the Linlithgow Story. ‘Linlithgow in Song and Story’ sees local folk duo Cockleroy performing traditional and self-composed songs reflecting the history, customs and legends of the town.

The event is free, although booking is essential, and takes place next Thursday, August 18, from 6.30-8pm in the Burgh Halls Gallery. For more information on up and coming events, or to book tickets, please visit www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk or call 01506 282720.