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earlier history in the
campaign to create a Museum of Leith.
Edinburgh already has several
museums. They are popular attractions both for residents and for
visitors to the city.
There have been campaigns, for many
years, to create a museum for
Leith, but as yet no home has
found for one.
Here is a
petition, recently created, encouraging 'The First Minister of
Scotland to instigate a Leith Museum.'
may wish to
sign the petition..
When I signed it this
afternoon, there were only 16 signatures on it, but I'd expect the number
to grow rapidly. Judging by the emails that I've received over the past few
years, I know there's a lot of interest around the world from people
who used to live in Leith, or whose families used to live there.
Until recently, there was a Newhaven
Heritage Museum, in the old fishmarket beside Newhaven Harbour. It
had lots of exhibits, photos and information, and old Newhaven residents
happy to discuss the history of Newhaven with visitors.
Unfortunately the museum was not
able to return to the fishmarket, following refurbishment to the structure
of the building a few years
Some of the exhibits from the museum
are now on display at Victoria Primary School, close to Newhaven Harbour,
but many of the exhibits are unfortunately now in storage. Let's hope that a suitable, permanent
home can be found for the museum before too long.
Perhaps somebody will now set up a
petition campaigning for Newhaven Museum to be re-opened at a suitable
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
November 3, 2013
Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:
"The desire to have a specific
museum for Leith has been ongoing for several years and is supported by:
Gordon Munro councillor.
"Some of the major contributors to:
- the Late
John Stewarts website,
Spirit of Leithers on
facebook, that has adopted the mantle of OldLeither
impatient of the slow progress by our politicians to establish Custom
House as the Museum of Leith. They are now trying to speed things up
through public pressure via a
Site for a Museum
"Creating a brand new building in Leith to
house the museum would be a costly business. Land in Leith is at a
appropriate building would appear to be the old Custom House in Commercial
Street, now used for storage by the National Museums of Scotland, no less.
The alternative of using the former Town Hall and
Theatre building (behind the Library at the eastern end of Ferry Road) for
a Museum is out of the question. We would not want to lose that as a
possible future theatre venue for Leith.
Below is an extract from the Internet,
giving more information about Leith Custom House:
Leith Customs House
"Located in Commercial Street, is the
Customs House, one of several grand public buildings in Leith,
reflecting the wealth of the town in the 19th Century. It was
here that ships' masters would declare their cargoes and pay any
Built between 1810-12 by
(1774-1856), it is in the Neo-Classical Greek Doric style, with a
recessed portico centred on a rather severe frontage.
William Burn(1789-1870) made alterations
to the exterior but particularly was responsible for the interior
between 1824 and 1827.
Notable is the grand imperial stair,
with its acanthus-leaf balustrade, and domed ceilings above this
stair, in the Long Room and Board Room."
Scottish Places web site
Frank Ferri, Newhaven,
Edinburgh: November 10, 2013
Leith Museum Petition
"I'm pleased to see that now, about
ten days after its launch, the
petition mentioned above,
people have signed it. This is well above the original target of 100
signatures. Many of those who have signed the petitiion have also
left comments about why they support the creation of a Museum for Leith."
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
November 12, 2013
Thank you to Ruth McClounnan for
posting a reply in the EdinPhoto guestbook in response to a message posted
there by John Cavanagh.
Ruth replied to John:
"We have a great Facebook site
Spirit of Leithers.
are in the midst, right now, of looking for signatures on a petition for a
Leith Museum to be housed in the old Custom House Building in Commercial
On our facebook page, we show old
photos of Leith which are great, and we get many comments on them.
Come on in. Have a look."
Ruth McClounnan, Reply posted
in EdinPhoto guestbook on November 11, 2013
in response to a message posted there by John Cavanagh on November 10,
Almost a full page was devoted to
the campaign to create a Museum of Leith in yesterday's Edinburgh Evening
News. of their newspaper on November 11, 2013, to the Spirit of Leithers'
campaign to create a Leith Museum.
The article suggested a number
of items that could be exhibited:
- The first
- A medal or shirt won or
worn by one of the Famous Five.
(of HIbs FC).
- The first
Rules of Golf.
- First edition of
The article quoted a spokesman for
Spirit of Leithers who said:
"The town of Leith has for
decades needed its own museum. There is a rich history to the
Port of Leith stretching back hundreds of years.
There are many exhibits stored in
dark rooms never seeing the light of day. We need to celebrate this
history through a museum of Leith.
The article referred to landmark
occasions in the history of Leith that could be celebrated:
Siege of Leith,
- The visit of
Mary Queen of Scots in 1561.
- The attempted attack by the
American Navy during the War of
Independence in 1779.
Leith's merger with
The article quoted a number of people
and organizations as being in support of creating a Museum of Leith,
"- Those from the
Spirit of Leith
Facebook page who had created the
petition, and those who had
Sir Tom Farmer
Leith History Society
- Mark Lazarowicz,
Edinburgh North MP and chairman of Leith Museum
Company, a body formed to complete the plan for a museum."
Edinburgh Evening News Support
Edinburgh Evening News has now
added its own name to those supporting the campaign, remarking that it is
incredible that Leith does not already have its own museum, and that the
campaign to create one has its full support.
Evening News article, November 11, 2013, p.3 (Article)+ p.16 (Comments).
The headline for the article was: 'Celebrate Leith History at a
Single Port of Call'.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
November 12, 2013
'Spirit of Leithers'
I received a message yesterday from
Graham White of 'Spirit of Leithers' who had previously organised a
petition calling for the establishment of a Leith Museum.
Spirit of Leithers'
have now updated their campaign and created a new petition on the
change.org web site. Here is the message that Graham White of
'Spirit of Leithers' sent to me:
A Floating Museum
"I have been discussing a 'Plan B', for The
Leith Museum. If Customs House is not achievable, a proposal to have
a Floating Museum as close, as possible to it may be. At this time,
a series of pontoons could be configured to make a 40mtr x 8mtr single or
a 2 storey Floating Museum.
There are a number of other options in the
running which, are feasible. I have been given a great deal of help in
achieving the idea of a Floating Museum by, Tom King MD of SRT Ecobuild.
has currently submitted Planning proposals for similar structures, In, and
around, the Shore Basin/ Rennies Isle, in Leith Docks. To assist Mr. Tom
King with his efforts, I have begun another e-petition to give him as much
support as I can muster.
The petition for anyone across the world can
be found at Auld Scottish Banter on Facebook. I am sure that the
over-riding wish, is to have our own Leith Museum. A Floating Museum could
well be an option of choice if Customs House is beyond our grasp.
Many have already signed up. I hope that all
that receive this update will agree and assist by signing up."
Graham White: April 30,
The New Petition
click here to view the new petition
To be the home for Museum of Leith
past few months, there have been several reports in the local press about
acquiring the Custom House (on the west side of the Water of Leith, across
the water from The Shore as a home for the Museum of Leith.
Custom House. at 67 Commercial Street, Leith, has been used in
recent years by Historic Scotland for storing material, but has now been
bought to be converted into the Museum of Leith.
Custom House, Leith
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Here is a link to an
Update Page on the Museum of Leith Petition web site.
It gives a brief summary of the
success (or, as they say, in their
achieved to date, at October 7, 2014, in acquiring the Custom House and
future plans for the Museum.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: October 18,