West Lothian

West Lothian Archaeological Trust


Scottish Charity No. SC043118


Archaeology Index

Archaeological Kite Aerial Thermography

Rosie Wells' Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme (SNAPS)

Register of Kite Aerial Photographers

Facebook Pages

Kite Aerial Remote Sensing

West Lothian Aerial Archaeology

Stroud Aerial Archaeology

The West Lothian Archaeological Trust was formed on the 19th April 2012 and registered as Scottish Charity No. SC043118 on the 26th April 2012. The Trust was established to formalise West Lothian Archaeology which was formed in 2010, having been known informally, since 2007, as West Lothian Aerial Archaeology, which in turn was closely associated with the History of Armadale Association. In England, the Trust operates under the name of Stroud Aerial Archaeology.


John Wells  BSc (Warw), MSc (Salf), DPhil (Oxon).

Chartered Biologist / Former Chartered Physicist (ret'd)

john wlatrust.org.uk


LiDAR image of Caerwent


Jim Knowles BSc (Brad), MSc (Brad).  

Archaeological Scientist / Archaeological Geophysicist

jim wlatrust.org.uk

Trust Archaeologist and Secretary


Cade Wells MEng (Bangor), EngD (Edin, Glas, Strath and H-W).

Chartered Engineer - Sensor and Imaging Systems

cade WestLothianArchaeology.org.uk


Heidi Walker BA (UWE), MA (Brigh).



Rosie Wells BA (Warw), PgCertEd (Oxon), FSA Scot.


A founding trustee



Our kite aerial photography display boards produced in 2012 by West Lothian Council


The object of the Trust it to advance heritage and science by

(a) Investigating  (with emphasis on non-invasive techniques), recording and publicising (by publication and presentation) the archaeological/heritage sites of West Lothian, and elsewhere.

(b) Promoting the use of kite aerial photography as a low-cost, inclusive, environmentally friendly technique for archaeological/heritage photography and promoting the use of any other techniques which may be deemed appropriate by the Trustees.   

(c) Running and maintaining an archaeological website (www.WestLothianArchaeology.org.uk) as part of an associated community and heritage website (www.Armadale.org.uk).


In May 2013, the Trust launched the Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme and was invited to be an Associated Partner of "ArchaeoLandscapes Europe" (ArcLand), part of the European Union's Culture Programme.

In April 2014, the Trust set up a Facebook page on Kite Aerial Remote Sensing. In 2016, the Trust became a member of ArchaeoLandscapes International.


Bronwen, aged 12, with ~700 kit.


The Trustees would like to thank West Lothian Councillor John McGinty and West Lothian Library and Heritage/Museum Services for their support.

The Trustees would also like to thank the West of Scotland Archaeology Service, and Martin O'Hare in particular for his consistent, meticulous advice and support and also the RCAHMS (now HES) for their support and partnership and Historic Scotland (now HES), especially the Rangers, for inviting us to work alongside them at public events.

Thanks, as always, to our friends at the Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society and the History of Armadale Association.

The Trust also hosts the pages of  The History of Armadale Association   The West Lothian History and Amenity Society 

Scottish Charity No. SC043118

Annual Report 2018