The object of the Society is the study of Scottish history and to foster an appreciation of historical buildings and sites, especially those in West Lothian. The Society also has a role in advising local planning committees on the demolition or alterations to listed buildings in conservation sites.
The Society was formed in 1964 by Basil Skinner who was director of Extra-mural studies at Edinburgh University from 1966 to 1979. Basil believed it was never too late to learn and that academic study should be open to all.
In 1979 Hopetoun House was experiencing difficult times and it was Basil, a man passionate about local history, who was instrumental in setting up a Preservation Trust and served as its first Chairman.
Basil was renowned for his attention to detail and thorough approach to research.
He was convener of an Edinburgh University conference on the future of the Union Canal and campaigned against plans to fill in long stretches of the canal.
Basil spent many years fostering a love of local history, historical sites and buildings in West Lothian and it is hoped the Society he founded continues his good work.
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