A ‘family’ of societies and organisations in Musselburgh work to record and celebrate the town’s unique heritage.
The Musselburgh Museum and Heritage Group in partnership with East Lothian Council runs Musselburgh Museum. It also maintains a collection of artefacts connected with the town and is the lead organisation in the campaign to refurbish the Old Town Hall (Tolbooth).
The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh (1547) is one of the most important battles in Scottish history. The Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield Group enhances understanding of this significant local event through research, guided walks and the creation of a Battlefield Trail.
The Inveresk Village Society exists both to protect the special character of this Conservation area and to help it to be a better place in which to live. It contributed significantly to East Lothian Council’s Conservation Area Appraisal for Inveresk.
The Old Musselburgh Club has compiled ‘Musselburgh in Old Pictures’, (Sutton Publishing 2000) and ‘Musselburgh Revisited’ (Sutton Publishing 2003), with the help of many people from the town who searched attics and outhouses to come up with previously unpublished material for their books. Both volumes are available at Musselburgh Library or to purchase online.
The Honest Toun Association runs the Musselburgh Festival in July each year keeping the history and traditions of the town alive with popular events such as the Crusaders’ Chase and the colourful Sashing Ceremony.