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Dunbar Battery has always been an open space for all to enjoy. It remains so. There may be a few occasions each year when it will be closed off for private events but for most of the year Dunbar Battery will remain open for those who enjoy a stroll into what has always been a […]

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Opening Day

[ June 3, 2017; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Dunbar Battery was officially opened on a glorious morning on 3rd June 2017.

Hundreds visited the site and were able to talk to trustees about the development of Dunbar Battery and how they can enjoy it going forward. The response from the public was hugely positive.

Private tours of the historic vaults were available to visitors, and […]

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Stac Celtic Collective at the Dunbar Battery

A great set from Grant, Mark and Wes of Stac Celtic Collective.


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Three Craws sat upon a wa’…with Rita Bradd

For the second successive day there was performance on Dunbar Battery that used no amplification but relied on the basic skills of the performers whose every word could be heard by an enthusiastic audience.
The three craws set off from their perch on Edinburgh Castle to discover the joys of Dunbar and Barns Ness, showing a […]

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Border Tarts – first concert at Dunbar Battery

On Tuesday 20th June the Border Tarts sang unaccompanied to an appreciative audience on Dunbar Battery. The acoustics proved to be wonderful as was the singing which included lullabies, songs from the far side the world as well as songs from the Borders. Haste ye back, Border Tarts.

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Viridor cut the ribbon

The directors of Viridor Credits visited Dunbar Battery on 14th June to see the results of the project that Viridor Credits had so generously funded. Trustee Steven Anderson has been at the helm of this project since its inception and he held the ribbon as it was cut. Also in the picture is Councillor Norman […]

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St Bey or Beya, patron saint of Dunbar

An early visitor asked where St Bey’s church used to stand.
Roy Pugh, one of Dunbar’s pre-eminent historians, explains:
Bey originated in County Down, Ireland. She came to Britain in the 7th century and reputedly first began her ministry in St Bees (a corruption of her name) in Cumbria. She came to Scotland in the 7th century, […]

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Dunbar Battery consultants

Rankin Fraser  has worked for many years to develop the vision for Dunbar Battery and, as well as designing the landscaping for Dunbar Battery, Rankin Fraser acted as lead consultant.
David Narro Associates provided structural engineering advice.
Morham & Brotchie was the quantity surveyor for the project.
Alliance CDM provided safety advice.
Studio LR designed the artwork for the […]

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Who worked on the Dunbar Battery improvement project?

East Lothian’s G Brown Stonemason Ltd undertook the consolidation work and repair to the Battery building. Graeme Brown was the lead contractor for the project.
Dunbar’s own A G Thomson¬†completed the initial site clearance which revealed several features of historic interest.
AOC provided the archaeologist who meticulously recorded all of the findings as the project advanced.
B & […]

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Who funded the Battery Improvements ?

Viridor Credits provided the majority of the funding in order to provide an iconic space for the residents of Dunbar and their visitors to enjoy.
Historic Environment Scotland awarded a grant so that the fabric of the battery could be preserved for future generations. The building is an important part of the heritage of the town.
East […]

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