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Exhibitions

We have two galleries, one with exhibitions from the Museum Service collections, one with a programme of changing exhibitions drawn from and suggested by the local community. If you would like to propose an exhibition, find out more and apply here.

John Gray Centre Museum – Permanent exhibition, ‘The Land, the Sea, the People’. Audio guide also available.  Upcoming, past and current exhibitions are listed below.  Current Exhibitions

The last of the Hepburns of Smeaton Hepburn,

A new personal view case in the Museum.  It opened on Saturday 16th June and is on display for approximately eighteen months. Generations of the East Lothian Buchan Hepburn family influenced public life locally, nationally, internationally. Their legacy is explored through the achievements of key family members and highlighted by the fascinating and rare objects on display. Highlights include a curling stone dated to 1698, rare paintings and two exquisite portrait miniatures on loan from National Galleries of Scotland.

A Sense of Place: Paintings by Dorothea Nimmo Smith of Haddington in the 1940s and ‘50s.
6th October  to 20th November 2018
Dorothea Nimmo Smith, (1889 to 1962) was a talented water colourist capturing more than a hundred water colours of Haddington street scenes. A selection of the best are exhibited here alongside loans from private collections illustrating her work in different media. For families, there is an I-spy picture quiz, drawing and colouring. Curated by Haddington’s History Society.

Past Exhibitions

Haddington Life and Work

Saturday 12th May 2018 to Sunday 24th June 2018

Haddington Camera Club members have been photographing images for the “Life and Work” exhibition as part of the Haddington 700 Celebrations. The club displayed a real variety of images showing the people of Haddington at work and play in our Royal Burgh in this year of 2018.

The “ Life and Work” exhibition to showcased Haddington Camera Clubs images of some of the characters that make Haddington the diverse and modern market town they live in today.

East Lothian Artists Exhibition
Saturday 10th February to Wednesday 2nd May 2018

A vibrant display of paintings, jewellery, glasswork and textiles created by Musselburgh Art Club members alongside paintings of rural East Lothian by William Darling McKay (1844-1924). Includes plenty of activities for families plus a chance to get creative with Musselburgh Art Club during our special craft sessions.

East Lothian – Birthplace of Scotland’s Flag: The Story of St Andrew and the Saltire.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 until 30 Jan 2018 

This fascinating exhibition explores the battle at Athelstaneford and the adoption of Andrew as patron saint. Learn about Pilgrim routes to North Berwick, admire pilgrim badges and moulds. See a coin of Constantine and explore links to Roman Emperor Constantine I.

 

 

The Rough Wooing: East Lothian in the Grip of War, 1542 – 1550  15th July 2017 – 17th October 2017

This stunning exhibition explored how the Siege of Haddington, the Battle of Pinkie and the story of the ‘Abbey’ of St Mary were linked to the destiny of the young Mary Stewart and the period of history known as the Rough Wooing. It was put together by a team of volunteers and the Friends of the John Gray Centre and featured interactive and multimedia displays, replica costumes, activities for families and rare objects loaned from private and national collections.

Robert Noble Centenary Exhibition: Painting the Landscape of East Lothian 13th May to 5th July 2017

This exhibition celebrated the life and work of Robert Noble, one of East Linton’s most significant artists, 100 years on from his death on 12th May 1917. It was curated by Dunpender Community Council and a team of volunteers.

Deeds Not Words – 100 years of the Rural 21st Jan  to Wed 3rd May 2017

The Scottish Women’s Institute (better known to many as ‘The Rural’) had its first meeting in Longniddry in 1917. This exhibition celebrated the centenary of the movement showing that it is much more than jam and knitting!

‘Here’s one we MADE earlier’ 3rd Dec 2016 to 10th Jan 2017

This vibrant exhibition of contemporary art and craft was curated by MADE, a group of artist makers based at the community arts hub in Haddington.  There were many pieces for sale offering a great opportunity for Christmas shopping!

It showcased work from the following artists and makers: Fiona Lambert, Fiona Maher, Carol E Duff, Marlin Makkins, Jen Skedd, Andy Baker, June Weaver, Dave Illingworth, Gill Curwen, Philippa Wylie and Lorna Chamberlin.

10: Timelines

The Land and the Sea within the long term museum display was completely refreshed in 2016 opening in February and including a delicate and fascinating fishwife costume plus precious and everyday items associated to East Lothian’s past as a maritime trading hub.  Includes a dramatic painting of  Fisherrow Fishwife, Mrs Kate Scott by David FoggieTimelines

The Garden of Scotland: East Lothian’s community gardening heritage, Sat 13th Aug – Tue 22nd November. Explore the history of gardening in the region and enjoy photographs showcasing East Lothian’s allotments, community gardens, gardeners and produce.

Pixel Perfect, New work by Haddington Camera Club, including work inspired by the work of the Tyne and Esk Writers 30 April – 29 May 2016

Whirrs, Cogs and Thingamabobs: A weird and wonderful collection of antique gadgets and inventions. On loan from Maurice Collins. 4 June 2016 – 3 August 2016. Highlights of this quirky exhibition included a clockwork burglar alarm and a Victorian skirt lifter.

The Best Days of Your Life? Education in East Lothian 3 Oct 2015–13 Jan 2016  (Exhibition online)

Remarkable Trees, 5 June–22 Sept 2015

The Magic of Masks & Puppets, 21 Mar–20 May 2015

Danish Diaspora, 2 Feb–16 Mar 2015

Treasure: A Christmas Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, 13 Dec 2014–17 Jan 2015

East Lothian: Our War 1914–18, 17 May 2014–30 Nov 2014

The King, The Queen and The Vicious Strumpet, January–April 2014

Footprints in the Landscape, 22 June 2013–19 January 2014

Haddington Camera Club – The First Sixty Years: May–June 2013

East Lothian Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards – A Retrospective Exhibition: March–May 2013

Living by the Sea: December 2012–February 2013 (with ‘The Fabric of Life’)

The Fabric of Life: December 2012–February 2013 (with Living by the Sea‘)

Toy Stories: October–November 2012

Pincushion: an exhibition by Polarcap: July–September 2012

Sporting East Lothian: 26 July–October 2012

Our Place in Time: March–June 2012

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