A glimpse of Lammermuir life in ‘pop-up’ museum

Longformacus village hall
Longformacus village hall

A ‘pop-up’ museum celebrating life in the Lammermuir hills is being organised to mark the centenary of Longformacus Village Hall.

The Lammermuir village is known for its sporting estates these days but in days gone by it was once a holiday destination, angling resort and a thriving agricultural community of several hundred farm and estate workers.

Like Brigadoon, the mysterious Scottish village that appears for one day every hundred years, this ‘museum’ will briefly emerge (for two days on June 8-9), give a glimpse of a past life, and then disappear!

The village’s archaeologists, artists, historians and curators are busy collecting material to exhibit and have been overwhelmed with the ancient documents, plans, drawing and photos that have been offered on loan, but they are still seeking more.

Duncan Roe, one of the organisers, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gather and share material relating to the earlier life of the area. We are keen to hear from anyone with memorabilia, artifacts, documents or pictures that we could borrow and display. Memories, stories and recollections are very welcome too!”

To take full advantage of all of the documents and images that are coming forward, the village is recording many of them and hopes to make them all available on the local community website, www.lammermuirlife.co.uk as a “digital museum” later in the year.

Mark Rowley, chairman of Ellemford, Cranshaws and Longformacus Community Council said: “We hope to give people a sense of the area’s distinctive past, a feel for what life was like a century ago and welcome them to a vibrant community in the hills.

“Longformacus remains one of the most charming and unspoilt villages in the Borders, so we hope people will come and explore a little of what we have to offer by visiting the exhibition and following a guided village trail that will tell the village’s story and lead them to some delightful spots.

“The village’s past seems equally fascinating to both those of us who have discovered it and moved here and those who were born in the Lammermuirs, this is a great opportunity to celebrate and share that history and heritage.”

Organisers would like to hear from people with anything relevant that they can loan for the exhibition - old photographs, agricultural implements from the period or other memorabilia. If you have something that you think just might be of interest please email markrowley1@gmail.com or call Brenda Paterson on 01361 890 276. More information on www.lammermuirlife.co.uk