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Dunbar Battery

The Dunbar Battery project is an exiting  initiative from the Dunbar Harbour Trust to bring the Battery on Lamer Island back to a new life.


The Dunbar Battery project is an exciting  initiative from the Dunbar Harbour Trust to bring the Battery on Lamer Island back to a new life.

There is now better access to the site, improved interpretation and East Lothian's only external Amphitheatre for open-air performance. Donald Urquhart, one of Scotland's leading artists, has produced the Sea Cubes to enhance the visitor's experience. East Lothian's Gardner Molloy engraved the history story line to show how Dunbar Battery has evolved through the centuries.

More information is available on dunbarbattery.org.uk

Archaeologists have recorded the original flagstones that formed part of the old fumigation room at the hospital. The foundation stones of the old hospital can be seen around the Sea Cubes and the porch area is clearly defined.

The three vaults behind have been opened up and are in relatively good condition with their old fire-places. They are not normally open to the public.

History tours can be booked at dunbarbattery.org.uk

DHT are delighted to announce the completion of the improvements to  the site of Robert Wilson’s Propeller in the Victoria Harbour . 

The propeller setting has been made more accessible including:

  • Seating to rear including back rests for ease of use.
  • Handrails to steps from harbour side  improving access to propeller.
  • Bins in place as additional seating is now  available.  

The funding, part of the Viridor Legacy Scotland award to improve the Battery, is one of a number of mini-projects identified by the DHT to improve the historic features around the harbour area.    

The Dunbar Harbour Trust has improved the historic Battery on Lamer Island - the prominent site between the Victoria and Cromwell Harbours in the town. Dunbar Battery, which has a rich and varied history dating back to 1781, was last occupied in the 1930s and the Trust has sensitively protected the existing structure and improved access to the area. 

Steven Anderson, the Director of the DHT responsible for the project states that "We  focussed on 4 key themes for the project: improving access to and inside the Battery for all users, the protection of the existing structure of the Battery making the most of the existing historic features, to add to the Battery experience and create an improved public space and destination within the harbour and, finally, to use this project as a catalyst to improve the general harbour environment for all users, locals and visitors.”