Lamer Island Battery

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

When the project is completed it will reopen with better access, improved interpretation and East Lothian's only external Amphitheatre for open-air performance. It will also feature a new public artwork from Donald Urquhart.


A G Thomson has cleared the area that is to be used for the Interpretation Hub on the Battery and archaeologists have recorded the original flagstones that formed part of the old fumigation room at the hospital.

The vaults behind have been opened up (and closed again for the time being) but two of the three rooms are in relatively good condition with their old fire-places.

The main contractor, Graeme Brown, is already well under way with the consolidation repairs to the walls. This is a dangerous building site and is to be avoided by the public while work is on-going.

Repair work to the Battery on Lamer Island will start in August and access to the site will be closed to the public until all the work is completed.

A planning application is under review for the improvement element of this project which, thanks to the generosity of Viridor Credits and Historic Environment Scotland, will enable the Battery to be developed with a soft touch, holding onto the character of the building.

It will reopen with better access, improved interpretation and East Lothian's only external Amphitheatre for open-air performance. It will also feature a new public artwork from Donald Urquhart

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.    

Thank you for completing the Harbour Trust Online Questionnaire.
256 responses were received online which, together with the 30+ we took on John Muir Day and a similar hard copy response from local residents, has resulted in over 300 views being expressed to the Trust on the improvements we could make to the harbour environment.
We thank you for your input which has been invaluable in prioritising projects in our forthcoming Harbour Improvement Plan which we are currently consulting the harbour community on. Your input has also been part of our funding submission for works to the Battery to the Viridor Legacy:Scotland fund. We will be publishing our submission document on the Dunbar Harbour Trust website in due course.
I now attach a copy of the summary details of the on-line questionnaire.

The Dunbar Harbour Trust is actively seeking local and national funding to improve the historic Battery on Lamer Island - the prominent site between the Victoria and Cromwell Harbours in the town. The Battery, which has a rich and varied history dating back to 1781, was last occupied in the 1930s and the Trust is looking to sensitively protect the existing structure and improve access to the area, but also wants input from the community and visitors to the harbour on further improvements that may be made to the Grade B listed building to create a new public space for the town for future generations.

Steven Anderson, the Director of the DHT responsible for the project states that "We are focusing 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.”