Home of Linlithgow’s History

Combine a great day out at Annet House Museum discovering the rich history of the Royal Burgh Of Linlithgow and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Museum Garden.

With free entry for all visitors, the Museum offers something for everyone:

  • Exhibitions on the history of the picturesque and historic location of Linlithgow
  • Intriguing Artefacts
  • Beautiful Garden to wander around
  • Children's Maze

There is no better time to visit this extraordinary vision of the past of Linlithgow – one of Scotland’s oldest and most important Royal Burghs, leader in civic affairs, military stronghold and playground of kings – and a queen.

Our museum is based at Annet House, a large Georgian town dwelling and garden in the High Street, and tells the story of the town, as well as the folk who supported, fought about, and witnessed the great events at the Burgh’s heart. The Collection serves to preserve this Heritage of the former Royal Burgh of Linlithgow for the enjoyment and education of both local people and visitors.

Within the next two years, the museum will move to the newly-refurbished County Buildings at The Cross of Linlithgow.  This will mean, regrettably, leaving the garden behind, but will provide a roomier, more accessible attraction, with easy access to facilities in the same building for more detailed study of the history of the area, and within strolling distance of the heartland of Scottish History.

For the moment however, Annet House – and its superb and unusual terraced garden, dominated by Scotland’s first statue to its best known queen – welcomes you.  Enjoy.

A Welcome for everyone, particulary educational visits and groups.

The Museum is always delighted to welcome younger visitors, of any age, and provides tours and activities for groups which always proved to be both fun and informative.

Our latest project for children is an interactive workshop which takes them back to life in Linlithgow during WW1 and is based on the experiences of a real Linlithgow family.  Although aimed at Groups in the P6/P7  this experience can be customised to suit most ages.

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Our Permanent Exhibits

 

Mary Queen of Scots - Images of a Queen

Mary Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow Palace in 1542. Imprisoned in England in 1568, her turbulent life ended in 1587 with her execution. She had been found guilty of being part of an alleged plot to take the throne of England after having her cousin,  Queen Elizabeth,  assassinated.     
Our exhibition “Images of a Queen” explores how portraits and drawings of Mary over the years show how the public perception of Mary changes.

Made in Linlithgow

Throughout the Museum there are displays about the Industries, Trades, and Businesses which have produced a variety of goods and services reflecting the needs of a small town surrounded by farm land.  Among the industries situated within the town there was a paper mill, the Nobel Chemical works, a whisky distillery and manufacturers of  boots and shoes, linen, bricks and lemonade. Many small shops thrived along the High Street, their stock and prices very different from today.  Come and take a trip down memory lane.

From Chloroform to Calcutta

David Waldie born in Linlithgow in 1813 trained as a surgeon but is remembered for his part in the introduction into surgery of chloroform as an anaesthetic.
The exhibition tells the fascinating story of Waldie’s work on chloroform.  It also tells of his journey by steamship to India recording his views and impressions of the many countries visited on the voyage.

The Scotch Brigade Colours

When war with revolutionary France loomed the army was expanded.  The Scotch Brigade (later known as the 94th Foot) was raised by former officers of the Scots Brigade. The exhibition gives pride of place to the colours presented to the Scotch Brigade in 1795.  These colours were carried by the regiment in India. They were replaced in 1801 to reflect the inclusion of Ireland in the United Kingdom.  The colours were laid up in St Michaels church where they hung until the 1990s.


World War 1

In the summer of 1914 Linlithgow buzzed with anticipation.  The town was to receive a visit from the new King George V and Queen Mary in early July.
As the final days of June passed the townspeople busied themselves with ensuring that houses and streets were clean and tidy and decorated to greet the visitors. The news of the assassination of an Austrian Arch Duke and his wife in far off Sarajevo on June 28th was unlikely to have any effect on Linlithgow………