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Museums accreditation logoThe John Gray Centre Museum has been awarded the status of full Accreditation!

The John Gray Centre Museum in Haddington has achieved full accreditation status, meeting nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. To meet the requirements the museum had to demonstrate that it complies with standards relating to how the museum is governed and managed, how it provides services and facilities for users of and visitors to the museum, and how it cares for and manages the collections.

The Accreditation award emphasises that the local community has a very high-quality facility on its doorstep, which has already been awarded 5 stars by Visit Scotland. Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Councillor Tim Day said, ‘This is excellent news which clearly demonstrates that the council services we provide meet the highest and most rigorous standards. Achieving Accreditation is the culmination of lots of hard work ensuring that we provide experiences for our visitors that are both enjoyable and educational whilst caring for a wonderful collection.’

The John Gray Centre Museum is part of the John Gray Centre in Haddington and is co-located with Haddington Library and the Archive and Local History Centre. The museum has lively displays showing some of the fascinating history of this beautiful region of Scotland and hosts regular events and activities for families and groups as well as offering an accessible audio tour.

Treasures exhibition_Dec14The museum offers a changing exhibition programme and currently is hosting ‘Treasure, A Christmas Exhibition of Arts and Crafts’. East Lothian Council’s Arts Service have collaborated with the Peter Potter Gallery to showcase work by artists and makers from all over Scotland. This diverse show includes textiles, glass, woodwork, painting and sculpture, as well as beautiful handmade jewellery in precious metals. Not only will visitors discover a wealth of Scottish talent but will also be able to buy unique and lovely gifts for friends and loved ones too – ideal for the festive season! The exhibition is also showing at the Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington and is on at both venues from 13 December until 17 January.

The John Gray Centre Museum is open to the public Friday to Tuesday until April when it will be open 7 days a week.

The Accreditation Scheme in Scotland is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of Arts Council England.

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