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?
Don't miss your chance to see our ‘Strike up the Band’ exhibition, a reminiscence project celebrating West Lothian’s long history of brass bands, incorporating memories and images donated by participants.
The Wee Museum of Memory (West Lothian)'s Practical information
The Wee Museum of Memory (West Lothian) is open 11am-3pm on Tuesdays. Other days may vary or by arrangement.
Find us in the old British Hearth Foundation shop, unit 85 between Your Move and William Hill, 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.