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The AJ Architecture Awards were held in December in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London and hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain. 23 Awards were given out picked from 120 shortlisted projects across the UK. The Dunbar Battery project involved improving access, repairing and conserving the stonework and creating a multipurpose events space. The site enjoys outstanding views, and the judges said that rankinfraser had intervened in a subtle yet effective way, adding handrails, steps and other additions ‘beautifully well’. One judge said: ‘There’s a real depth to this design. The interventions don’t detract from the historic building and are very cleverly done.’  DHT are delighted that this project has been chosen as the AJ Architecture Awards’ Budget Project of the Year, a category that celebrates architecture built for £500,000 or less.


A G Thomson repaired a large hole in the slipway at the Cromwell Harbour as part of an ongoing repair plan. See  photo



On December 16, 2017 between  3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.The Discovery Church Dunbar in conjunction with Dunbar Churches Together invites everyone to join in the singing of Christmas Carols at Dunbar Battery.Wrap up warmly!

We are sorry to announce the sad news of one of the Trust’s former Directors, Tom Craig who  passed away  in November. Tom chaired the Harbour Management Committee and was a keen supporter of the harbour. Tom made a significant contribution  during his time as a member of  the DHT Board.

The  Directors  of Dunbar Harbour Trust, the Harbour Master and Deputy Harbour Master would like to wish all harbour users, visitors & local residents a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.



The Battery at Dunbar Harbour is being floodlit during the winter months.The building is very atmospheric under the lighting and is well worth a visit.



The Harbours’ Users Meeting was held in November and included an update on the 2014 - 2017 improvements and a look at planned improvements going forward over the next three years.  There were presentations on the past wall repairs and those planned going forward and also on the Battery project.

If it’s true people need friends, so do buildings

Historic buildings need an enormous amount of care and maintenance and are a symbol of our heritage They also need champions, people to encourage their use, and promote their existence They are often cared for and managed by volunteers. They receive no government funding and rely heavily on voluntary donations

We need a Friends group to support the Battery Friends are people who want to get involved. This can be a very rewarding task as it lets you to talk about why the Battery is important to you and your community.

People are out there, and many of you would lend a hand or share your skills help secure and protect what we see as our heritage. There are so many skills that exist in our community anything from organising fundraising events or filling in funding applications

A beautiful heron has taken up residence under the bridge day & night. He fishes mainly at low tide, even at night due to the security lights.



Saartje Drijver, stopped off in Dunbar on a swim of  the coast of East Lothian to raise funds for Maggies Centre. In memory of her friend Christine. Saartje decided to swim from Fisherrow Harbour to Cove Harbour. The route was divided into 2/3 hour sections. She had safety boats manned by family and friends of Christine making it quite an emotional journey. The trip  from was described as invigorating, exciting, exhausting and beautiful.

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