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History and Heritage

West Lothian has a rich history and heritage.

  • Family History

    West Lothian Local History Library is the best starting point for your family history research

  • Church and preceptory, colour image, 1900sWest Lothian's Heritage

    West Lothian's Heritage

    West Lothian's past is still very much present all around us. Important historic sites like Cairnpapple and Linlithgow Palace, stately homes like Hopetoun and the Binns, and the many museums and heritage attractions all help to bring the past alive.

  • Archives

    West Lothian Council Archives and Records Centre preserves and makes accessible records relating to the history of West Lothian.

  • Museums

    West Lothian is home to many museums. Museums are educational, entertaining and inspirational.

  • Historic Sites and Buildings

    Experience West Lothian's rich heritage by visiting some of its historic sites.

  • Local History Library

    Find out the rich heritage of your local area in the West Lothian Local History Library. The Library holds a huge range of books, maps and images about West Lothian's places and people.

  • About Heritage Services

    Heritage Services offers a portal to the rich cultural heritage of West Lothian. Use our services to gain access to informative historical resources, original historic records and a wide range of local history objects.

  • Exhibitions

    Find out what's on in your community.

  • Events

    Find out about heritage events in your local area.

  • Get Involved

    There are many ways to get involved with West Lothian Heritage Services.

  • West Lothian Remembers

    Commemorating the Great War