For several years, there have been demands
for a Museum to be opened in Leith to celebrate Leith's history.
Mark Lazarowicz, MP for North Edinburgh and Leith issued an e-mail on
October 11, 2007, setting out the latest position. i.e.
1. His petition, campaigning for a Leith
Museum is to go before the Scottish Parliament on November 6, 2007.
2. Forth Ports PLC has announced that there
might be space for some type of museum in their proposed redevelopment of
Leith Docks. See below..
e-mail from Mark Lazarowics: October
Forth Ports' Masterplan
Forth Ports have revealed their
30-year masterplan to regenerate Leith. They say that
there will be space for a museum, and that they intend to provide for this
in the the outline planning application.
Margaret Moffat, secretary of Leith Links
Community Council said:
"This isn't a new idea. It's been doing
the rounds since the 1970s and several people have come and gone saying
that they wanted to create a Leith Museum.
But the campaign seems to be getting somewhere
and this is good news. There are a lot of artefacts with nowhere to
Mark Lazarowicz, local MP who led the campaign
for a Leith Museum, , said:
"Any new museum would be expected to celebrate
landmark occasions in Leith over the years including
- The visit of Queen Mary of Scots in 1561
- The attempted attack by the American navy
during the War of Independence in 1779
- The Siege
of Leith from 1559-1560
- Leith's controversial merger with
Edinburgh in 1920."
Edinburgh Evening News: September 7,
Update: October 2007
The Customs House building on Commercial Street,
close to the Water of Leith and Leith Docks, owned by the National Museums
of Scotland has emerged as the front-runner for the proposed Museum of
The building is currently used by the museum for
storage, but is expected to be surplus to requirements once new storage
facilities become available at Granton. It is proposed that the new
centre at Granton will hold collections from the National Museums of
Scotland, National Archives of Scotland, the National Library and the
Edinburgh Evening News: October 4,
Update: January 2008
Support for the Museum
Tom Farmer has announced that he supports plans
to create a Museum of Leith at the Leith Custom House.
The Scottish Parliament, as part of its
consideration of a partition supporting the Museum, has asked for the
views of various organisations. The Scottish Museums Council and
City of Edinburgh Council have both responded speaking in support of a
Museum of Leith.
Campaign for a Leith Museum web site:
January 13 + 16, 2008
Update: February 2008
Petition in favour of the Museum
The Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions
Committee considered the petition for a Museum of Leith, signed by 3,072
people, at its meeting on February 19, 2008. It has agreed to:
- ask the City of Edinbrugh Council what
practical and financial support it can and will give.
- ask the Scottish Government what action it will
take to encourage applications and provide practical assistance -
- ask Scottish Enterprise for an update on
the current Waterfront Visitor Destination Plan.
Campaign for a Leith Museum web site:
February 19, 2008
AND e-mail from Mark Lazarowics, February 21, 2008
Update: April 2008
Sir Tom Farmer to become Patron
Leith businessman and owner of Hibs Football Club, Sir Tom Farmer, has
agreed to become Patron of the campaign for a Leith Museum. He
"I am delighted to give my support to the
campaign to establish a Museum for Leith. The history of Leith is
also central to the history of Edinbrugh and of Scotland, and deserves a
home where its story can be old
"As someone who has benefited from being born
and brought up in Leith, I welcome the widespread support for the current
campaign. I hope that local and national government will work with
the local community to make the dream of a Leith museum a reality."
Edinburgh Evening News: April 21,
AND e-mail from Mark Lazarowics, April 23, 2008
Mark Lazarowics is MP for Edinburgh
North & Leith,
and is Chairman of the Leith Museum Campaign.
Update: April 2009
Thank you to Mark Lazarowicz for providing this
proposals, which depend on agreement from the current owners of the Custom
House building, are for a venue that has a historical focus, but would
also include material and organise educational and outreach activities
that demonstrate the current international links of Leith and Edinburgh.
aim would be for a venue which would be 'part museum, part exhibition
gallery, part education and community centre', which would also include
some commercial activities aimed both at contributing to the running costs
of the building but also add to the vibrancy in and around the building.
Detailed proposals for the Custom House were launched last week. A
good report about the launch meeting appeared in
Mark Lazarowics, MP for Edinburgh North &
Leith,, April 22, 2009