Visitors can join the experts at historic Newhailes House and gardens in Musselburgh this summer to learn about their work.

They will learn from conservators, archaeologists, gardeners and curators on Saturday, June 3, 10am-4pm, for ‘A Day with The Trust at Newhailes’.

The event, involving a variety of workshops and talks, will give people the chance to see first hand what goes into caring for a National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property.

Children aged six to 12 will learn the daily tasks of an 18th-century housekeeper in the library at Newhailes, using the original inventories from its archives and creating their own.

Visitors can delve into the archives of the NTS, uncover secrets and find out how the information is used to tell the story of its properties.

They can discover the work that the gardeners do in the historic gardens and woodlands, and the care taken for the NTS plant collections. They can join the head gardener in the market garden to learn about planning before having a go at digging.

There will also be a talk and look at the scrapbooks of Margaret McTaggart Stewart, from her early years to her marriage to David Dalrymple and beyond.

The 18th century-designed landscape, which reflects the aspirations of the Dalrymple family and the class divisions of the period, will be shared in an archaeology talk.

Visitors can take part in a mini archaeological dig and study the artefacts left behind by past occupants.

Visitors will find out how bugs and beasties are dealt with in the house and how its collections are cared for by conservators. There will be conservation demonstrations showing how staff clean and care for the items on display.

They can take a look into the past with a collection of corporate archives in the form of guidebooks, leaflets and memorabilia.

Information on NTS membership, fundraising and volunteering will also be on offer at the event, which covers different NTS sites across Scotland.

People are also asked to take along any history they may have from Newhailes’ past.

A spokesperson for the National Trust for Scotland said: “A Day with the Trust aims to give visitors an insight into what goes into looking after our properties, gardens and landscapes, not just at Newhailes but across the country.

“With the help of our brilliant volunteers, members, donors and other supporters, our charity looks after such a wide range of things – from over 100 historic properties to 100,000 plant varieties to 300,000 precious objects, each with its own stories – and we want people of all ages to be able to see at first hand what our conservators, archaeologists, gardeners and curators do.”

To book tickets for the Newhailes event, go to event and search for ‘A Day with The Trust at Newhailes