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Best Days of Your Life? Introduction

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What are your memories of school?  Were they really the best days of your life?   This exhibition from the Archive and Local History Service takes a look at the history of schooling in East Lothian from the Reformation of 1560, through the years of 19th Century educational reform and to the present.   Since at least the 17th Century Scotland has had a reputation for providing a first class education.   The roots of this lay in the emphasis the church placed on educating the population so the Bible could be read at home.

On display you can see just some of the fabulous items held in the archives.  We have an extensive collection of   school material including log books, admission registers, exam papers and photographs.  If you would like to see more just come to the Archive and Local History Centre and ask.

We hope that ‘Best Days of Your Life’ will take you back to the classroom and the playground.  Perhaps you might remember a favourite teacher, or one who wasn’t afraid to use the tawse.  If you would like to share your memories, school photographs or other material you think we might be interested in please let us know.  We hope you enjoy this exhibition.



Mr John Pearce and class, Tranent Public School, about 1914

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