The former North Berwick Museum was re-opened in July 2013 as the new Coastal Communities Museum. Following the success of the summer ‘Open for the Open’ exhibition, a ‘Winter Feast’ exhibition ran from November 2013 to June 2014.
Our World War 1 ‘Coastal Ward 1914-1918′ exhibition is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm until the 8th March 2015. The museum will then be closed until early April when it will re-open with a new exhibition by the artist Henry Scott Tuke.
Henry Scott Tuke – An Artist in North Berwick
This exhibition will feature watercolour paintings of local North Berwick scenes and a selection of oil paintings of the Hamilton-Dalrymple family by artist Henry Scott Tuke RA RWS (1858-1929).
Tuke, a founding member of the Newlyn School in Cornwall, visited North Berwick as an invited guest of the Hamilton-Dalrymples at the Lodge in the Autumn of 1891. During his stay he found time to sketch and paint local scenes and undertake portraits of his roots.
The North Berwick series paintings are now part of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke Collection and are held at the Falmouth Art Gallery. This will be the first time in over 100 years the collection has been put on public display. A number of Tuke’s more famous Falmouth paintings will also be featured in the exhibition including ‘Our Jack’.
The free exhibition opens to the public on Good Friday, 3rd April 2015. Opening hours are 11am to 4pm from 3-6 April. Thereafter it’s open Wednesday to Sunday until 17th May 2015 with the addition of Monday 4th May.
Exhibition Opening Talk at the Scottish Seabird Centre
The talk, ‘The Sunshine Painter – The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke’, is to be delivered by the leading authority on HS Tuke, Catherine Wallace, at the Scottish Seabird Centre on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 from the Seabird Centre shop, Greens & Blues and Rock & Bird in North Berwick High Street.
The new museum shop has a selection of local history books including the following Scottish Genealogy Publications:
Aberlady MIs @ £5.00, North Berwick MIs @ £4.50, North Berwick Cemetery MIs CD @ £7.50, North Berwick Burials @ £5.00 and Whitekirk MIs @ £4.00.
Also in the museum shop is a selection of Gullane & Dirleton History Society Publications:
Life & Death in Dirleton Parish @ £10.00, A History of Dirleton & Gullane @ £1.50, Dirleton & Gullane MIs @ £5.00, The Stones of Dirleton Kirkyard and their People @ £10.00, The Stones of Gullane Kirkyard and their People @ £10.00 and Towers and Castles of East Lothian @ £5.00.