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Life is for Livingston

In 2011, West Lothian Council was awarded £49,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a community based celebration of the history of Livingston. This page showcases some of the work of the project.


Stories of Livingston - The Oral History Project

"When we first arrived..there was only 2 or 3 of us actually in the houses at that time, and slowly residents moved in..." Jennifer Harley

"I've lived here for nearly 47 years and my husband and I have lived in our current house for the last 42 years. At the very beginning we felt just like pioneers and since those days Livingston has changed so much." Sib Penman

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Local volunteers were trained to conduct oral-history interviews with current and past residents of Livingston. The interviews will be permanently preserved in West Lothian Council Archives and will be available to future generations as a learning and research resource.

The interviews also formed the basis of the oral history booklet which has been sent out to local schools and groups. You can download a copy of the booklet from this page. If you would like a hard copy, please get in touch with the Archives.


Livingston Lives documentary

Filmmaker Tomas Sheridan worked with the community for over eight months to create a film about Livingston, past and present. Over seventy people were involved in the creation of this documentary. The film has been widely distributed to schools and the community.


The "Stained Glass" window

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Groups worked with artist Tessa Dunlop, to create a 'Stained Glass window' telling the stories of Livingston's 50 years. The "stained glass" was fixed to the panoramic windows of the Howden Park Centre during 2012.