Pop along to Longformacus’ pop-up museum

Longformacus Village Hall sketch by Catriona Andrews
Longformacus Village Hall sketch by Catriona Andrews

In 1913 Whitchester landowner Andrew Smith donated a new village hall to Longformacus and a century on it’s hosting a pop-up museum.

One former resident is bringing documents from Australia to add to the 200+ historic photos and documents of life in the Lammermuirs which will be on show at Longformacus Village Hall this weekend - Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, from 11am to 5pm, finishing with a hog roast on Sunday.

One of the organisers, Mark Rowley said: “We’ve been thrilled with the information and documents that people have been willing to share with us - we’ve got everything from small family photo albums to historic maps and documents from some of the area’s great estates. People have been exceptionally generous.”

Items on display include the original parish council minute book from 1913, recording in copperplate the donation of the new village hall to the community by local landowner, Andrew Smith of Whitchester, on ground donated by Longformacus Estate. The book records much of village life, including the erection of a war memorial in 1919.

Estate plans and maps give an insight into life in the wider area over a century ago including one that proposed a “Whiteadder Valley Railway” that could have seen trains running through the Lammermuirs.

Undoubtedly the star of the show for many, says Mark, will be a lovingly-restored 1914 Morris from East Lothian’s Myreton Motor Museum!

“Like the Lammermuirs, Myreton Motor Museum is perhaps one of the area’s hidden treasures that deserves to be better known locally. We are thrilled that Myreton are bringing such a wonderful vintage car - almost exactly a century old too - for visitors to see”

The Borders Family History Society will be on hand throughout the weekend to help visitors with their family history queries and to give an insight into a range of historic documents including transcriptions gravestones from the Berwickshire area.