The museum in the John Gray Centre is an exciting new development in Haddington, telling stories from across the region and displaying many artefacts never seen before.
The East Lothian Council Museums team puts on exhibitions and events, and supports activities and exhibitions put on by community groups across East Lothian. You can download our programme of What’s On at all our museums here.
We also have an outreach service for schools – see the Learning section (still under development) of the website to find out more, or have a look at our ELC Museums Learning Programme 2013–14 to see what’s available for schools and teachers across East Lothian.
Children are always welcome at the museum, where they will find friendly John (not) Gray and his mischief-making friend Patchy the Squirrel on lots of fun activity sheets. They can explore objects from John’s life and times, back in the 1600s, and read the story of who he was, and what he did.
Here’s how we set up the museum ready for opening in March 2012:
There are three more museums in East Lothian which we also run:
Musselburgh Museum, on Musselburgh High Street near the Old Town Hall, is run by the Musselburgh Museum Heritage Group in partnership with the Museums Service. It is open 10:30am to 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Coastal Communities Museum at North Berwick opened in the summer of 2013. It is a community museum developed in partnership with representatives from each part of the coastal ward: North Berwick, Gullane, Aberlady, Dirleton and Whitekirk. They are on Facebook, where you can find updates on opening hours and exhibitions.
Each museum has long-term and temporary displays about the local area and plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy. Why not take part in the Great Museum Challenge? All you need to do is pick up a Passport to the Past at any of our museums, and every time you visit you’ll get a sticker or a stamp – when you have enough, you’ll win a badge with all our museum mascots on it Here they all are:
15 Lodge St, Haddington, EH41 3DX
Or follow us on Facebook (‘John Gray Centre’) and Twitter: @JohnGrayCentre
Or visit the Museum Service website.
- East Lothian People
- The Fisherrow Fishwives
- Adventurers and Explorers
- Artists and Musicians
- John Bellany CBE RA HRSA LLD (1942 – 2013)
- Robert Noble RA RSA (1857–1917)
- William Darling McKay, RSA LLD (1844–1924)
- William Marshall Brown RSA (1863–1936)
- Patrick William Adam RSA (1852 – 1929)
- Sir William George Gillies RA RSA (1898–1973)
- Fish (Derek William Dick) (1958– )
- The Haddington Amateur Operatic Society
- Church and Philosophy
- Engineers and Inventors
- Movers and shakers
- East Lothian Places
- East Lothian Times
- Our Earliest History (8500 BC–AD 410)
- Early History & the Middle Ages (AD 410–c. 1484)
- The Growth of Wealth, Church & State (c. 1484–c. 1900)
- Industry & Social Change (1800–Present)
- World Wars I & II (1914–45)
- East Lothian Subjects
- Art, culture & communication
- House & home
- Transport & travel
- War, battles & military
- The Military System in East Lothian 1790–1850
- The Lothians and Border Horse
- The Military System In East Lothian 1846 – 1914
- A Prince in Prestonpans
- The Military System in East Lothian 1600 – 1790
- The Landscape in War
- The Lothians during World War One (I)
- The Lothians during World War One (II)
- The 8th (Territorial) Battalion the Royal Scots in World War One
- The Lothians – Training for war
- East Lothian People