Remarkable Trees: Photographs from the collection of George Paxton (1850–1904)



John Gray Centre, 15 Lodge Street, Haddington, EH41 3DX


Monday 1st June to Tuesday 22nd September



Event Description

Being exhibited for the first time outwith the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, ‘Remarkable Trees’ features images taken by this pioneering Scottish amateur photographer, botanist and social historian in the late nineteenth-century. A vibrant programme of talks and activities for families and adults accompanies the exhibition.

The photographs have been printed from Paxton’s original glass plate negatives held in the Garden’s Library and Archive. The exhibition encapsulates the Victorian’s fascination for the natural world, from the grandeur of notable tree specimens photographed across Scotland, to the intricate beauty of their leaves, bark and fruits.

This exhibition was researched and organised by Paul Nesbitt and Dr Helen Bennett of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was first presented at Inverleith House.

Alongside the exhibition there are lots of hands on materials for families to explore together. Play with woodland animal puppets; explore our interactive tree and hedgerow. Get up close to real animals and birds that you can spot in East Lothian’s trees and woods.

About the Organiser

East Lothian Council Museums Service
The Museums Service manages and runs four museums, stages exhibitions, runs events and activities and looks after the East Lothian Council museum collection. Anything in the collection but not on display is held in our environmentally-controlled store at the Museums Service Headquarters in Haddington. While this is not open to the public, appointments can be arranged to view specific objects upon request. In addition, the Service supports activities, events and exhibitions by community groups across East Lothian.

We have a number of very attractive venues with rooms that can be hired out by groups. Click here for information about rooms available to hire at the John Gray Centre, and here for information about rooms available at the Dunbar Town House.

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