The Lamp of Lothian Trust

"Enabling creative endeavour for the whole community in East Lothian"

The Lamp of Lothian Trust is a charity, founded in 1967 by the late Duchess of Hamilton to bring together "a whole community" by restoring some derelict buildings at the south end of Haddington and making them available for community use.

Now named The Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings in memory of our founder, these are still owned, maintained and insured by the Lamp but lent to the community at little or no cost for the widest variety of cultural, artistic and social uses; over 1,000 people of all ages use the Lamp's buildings at Poldrate every week, principally through classes and workshops run by The Bridge Centre and Poldrate Arts & Crafts Centre.

The other main area of activity for the Lamp is The Lammermuir Festival which now runs annually in mid-September and uses a wide variety of venues throughout East Lothian: Beautiful Music - Beautiful Places.

Like all charities, the Lamp is constantly striving to raise money and is dependent upon grants and the generosity of benefactors. The "Friends of the Lamp" scheme is a very valuable source of regular revenue.

To find out more about the Lamp of Lothian Trust and how we provide for the whole community in our buildings, please use the links below, or navigate around the entire site using the menu at the top of the page.