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The Living Memory Association

Edinburgh's Reminiscence Project • Established 1986


West Lothian Reminiscence Centre

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in partnership with West Lothian Council Museums Service, our West Lothian Unit in the Centre, Livingston is open three days a week. Full of ephemera associated with everyday life, we also have sofas providing a comfy seat for those joining our knitting group, reminiscence sessions, reading a book or magazine or even just for a wee rest and blether.

It’s so interesting when a visitor picks up something, often hidden away, which prompts them to share a long-forgotten memory: a tiny wee purse as a memento from a childhood holiday, a tin for allocating weekly budgeting, or a little tin for tea/sugar which reminded someone about the responsibility of having to make tea for all his workmates when he was an apprentice – one sugar and no milk, two sugars and milk, milk and no sugar. It was a big task and an important part of his training!

It is also lovely to see families – parents and children of all ages – sharing stories and memories with each other: grandparents demonstrating how to use a carpet beater, grown-up daughters laughing with their mums about heated rollers or the knitted toilet-roll cover with the doll – why did anyone ever have those?

‘Strike up the Band’, our reminiscence project celebrating West Lothian’s long history of brass bands, will run till December 2019. We have a dedicated space for material that has already been lent or donated. We are keen to get more memories about the bands from members, current and past, so pop in – we’d love to hear from you!

West Lothian Reminiscence Centre's Practical information

Opening hours

West Lothian Reminiscence Centre is open 11am-3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Other days may vary or by arrangement.


Find us next to Iceland, at The Centre, Livingston, EH54 6HR.

Parking and access

Paid parking available in centre carparks.
Disabled access is excellent. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be hired from Lothian Shopmobility, in The Centre Car Park 1.

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Practical information

Contact us
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by phone: 07714 783 726

Find us
The Little Shop of Memory is open 10.30am-4pm weekdays and 11am-4pm weekends.
Find us on the first floor next to Debenhams, at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ.

West Lothian Reminiscence Centre is open 11am-3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Find us opposite Iceland, at The Centre, Livingston, EH54 6HR.

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