Programme – Lectures and Events

Lectures and events for 2023-2024

The Society has arranged a new programme of lectures for 2023-2024 which will held in person unless otherwise indicated.

All at 7.30pm  For a pdf of this programme click here.


Meetings in red are held in Dirleton Kirk Hall and in black Gullane Village Hall.  All at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 20th September 2023                                                               Gullane Village Hall

Materialising the Scottish Renaissance at the National Museums of Scotland

                                                                             Anna Groundwater                                  Dr Groundwater will talk about the material objects relating to the Renaissance.

Thursday 12th  October 2023                                                                           Dirleton Kirk Hall

The child of a Scottish lighthouse keeper                                                     Alex Crawford

Alex recalls the remote locations and the living conditions of lighthouse keepers’ families.


Wednesday 8th November 2023                                                                   Gullane Village Hall

The history of East Lothian glass.                                                              Helen Spencer

Dr Spencer is a specialist in archaeological glass.

Thursday 7th  December 2023                                                                         Dirleton Kirk Hall

East Lothian’s golfing history.                                           David and Gillian Kirkwood

East Lothian has many golf courses. The Kirkwoods relate the history.

Wednesday 10th January 2024                                                                    Gullane Village Hall

The Dukes of Hamilton                                                                             Neil Jones

Neil Jones will give details of this illustrious local family.

Thursday 8th February 2024                                                                            Dirleton Kirk Hall

East Lothian at War.

A presentation of photographs and film held in the Society’s archive will tell the story of how East Lothian was affected by WW II.

Wednesday 28th February 2024                                                                  Gullane Village Hall

Are we nearly there yet?’                                                                                      Bruce Keith

Bruce Keith will speak about milestones and waymarkers.

Thursday 21st March 2024                                                                               Dirleton Kirk Hall

The 1921 census. How does it help us discover our past?                     Tessa Spencer

Tessa Spencer will offer an overview of the 1921 census.



Wednesday 10th April 2024          AGM & a presentation(s) by a member(s)                   Gullane Village Hall