The industrial heart of East Lothian
Prestongrange is a site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. It was the location of a sixteenth century harbour, a seventeenth century glass works, eighteenth and nineteenth century potteries and a nineteenth/twentieth century coal mine and brick works. Remnants of these former industries can still be seen, and many of the structures are still intact including the rare Hoffman Kiln and the Cornish Beam Engine, unique in Scotland.
The museum site is open to the public all day, throughout the year. The visitor centre and exhibitions are open between 11am and 4.30pm from April to October. Admission is free.
Download the audio tour
The final version of the development study (3.01MB) is available for download. East Lothian Council is now considering the way forward for Prestongrange and would welcome any comments on the Development Study document. You can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, use the feedback form on the main council web site, or write to:Margaret O'Connor
Culture & Community Development Manager
East Lothian Council
Department of Community Services
9-11 Lodge Street
Living Landmark Application
East Lothian Council's commitment to redevelopment at Prestongrange is a long-standing one, and the Living Landmark scheme offered an opportunity for funding from a single source of an exciting and innovative project. However, Prestongrange did not make it through to the next round of selection.
The work that was done in producing the application will not have been wasted, as it will form the basis for our subsequent applications. In particular this process has given us a much clearer integrated vision of what we would like to do with the site, and the process of public consultation which will inform the development process has got underway. We always knew that Prestongrange was a site of enormous significance in Scotlandís industrial and social history. This has been reinforced by the results of the first phase of the Community Archaeology project. Now we have a vision for the site. All we need to do now is work with the community to fill in the details - then fill in the applications and win the grants.
Following our public consultation meeting on Monday 6 Feb, East Lothian Council has now been informed by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks scheme that our project is proceeding into the next assessment phase. They now anticipate contacting us again by 13 April 2006 to confirm whether or not our project has been long listed for a project review visit. Assessment visits will be undertaken between 24 April and 9 June and we are hopeful that we will soon be notified of an assessment visit date.
The involvement of the local community will be vital to the success of the project and we would very much like to build further on the success of the February consultation event by forming a Prestongrange Community Panel to work with us on the further development of the project. If you would like to become more involved in the Prestongrange project in this way we would be delighted to hear from you. Expressions of interest should be made to the Project Manager, Margaret OíConnor. We would like to get a first meeting of the community panel organised for the beginning of April and hope we could get a group of around 20 people involved.
The comments received through the February consultation event were extremely useful and a summary of all the comments received (MS Word document, 96k) can be found on this site.
If you would like further information about the project or have further comments to add we would welcome your input at anytime. Joining the Prestongrange Community Panel is one of the key ways of getting involved and we will be seeking further ways to involve people as the project develops and would welcome your views at any time. Please return the form (MS Word document, 111k) to confirm your details for our mailing list, or get in touch with Margaret OíConnor directly to confirm your contact details. You can also use this form to volunteer to join the Prestongrange Community Panel.
We look forward to hearing from you.
An overview of our application to the Big Lottery Fund under the Living Landmark scheme is available from this site in both a large print-quality version and a much smaller screen-quality version.
- Screen quality (168KB, PDF - requires the free Acrobat Reader)
- Print quality (13MB, MS Word Document)
Community Archaeology Project
The Community Archaeology Project has now completed its second season on site. The 2005 season culminated in the exciting discovery of what we believe to be the remains of the seventeenth century glassworks and substantial quantities of eighteenth century ceramics, as well as parts of other buildings that still need to be investigated. The project was developed and co-ordinated by East Lothian Council Archaeological Service and East Lothian Council Museums Service, and was launched on Saturday 24 April 2004 at the museum.
Take an audio tour using your mobile phone
The Museum is open between 11am and 4pm from April to October, but the site itself is open all day, all year round. Admission is free, and now with our new mobile phone tour you can go on a guided walk around the historic Prestongrange site, even when the museum buildings are closed!
The audio tour is narrated by John Bellany, one of Scotland's most noted living artists, who was born in nearby Port Seton.
Main number: 0870 005 3161
Menu - Stops on the Tour
- Introduction to Prestongrange
- The Brickworks
- The Hoffman Kiln
- Overview of Morrison's Haven
- The Winding Engine
- The Cornish Beam Engine
- The Power House
- The glass works & pottery site
- Return to the Visitor Centre
- How the tour works
- Plan of Prestongrange Museum
- Download guided tour leaflet (prestongrange.pdf, 523KB)
How to find us
Prestongrange is located on the coast road between Musselburgh and Prestonpans, on the John Muir Way coastal path, just eight miles from central Edinburgh. It is served by buses in both directions, and car parking is available on site.
The museum was the first local authority museum in Scotland to achieve full Accreditation under the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council scheme.
Tel. +44 (0)131 653 2904 / +44 (0)1620 828203
The audio tour of Prestongrange was supported by a grant from the Scottish Museums Council.