Our collection reflects the varied history of Dalkeith and how the town has changed over the centuries. Its recorded history dates from 1142, but the town, strategically positioned between two rivers, is believed to be much older.
A whinstone head, believed to be Roman, is our oldest artefact and others are reminders of Dalkeith’s interesting past – through two world wars, as a hub to the railways who serviced the coal industry and as a vibrant market town, home to the largest Corn Exchange in Scotland.
There’s much more to Dalkeith than meets the eye! Come and find out about its social, industrial, historical and cultural past.