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It’s here! East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, Sept 1 – 16!

Here at the Archaeology Service we are getting super excited for, yep, you guessed it folks….the East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight 2018! That’s right, our annual fortnight is back, with a veritable bang this year, landing multitudes of exciting, fun-filled, and thought-provoking events in a place near you! Organised by the Archaeology Service […]

Archive 2016: Looking back, looking forward

16/12/20165:00 pm04/04/2017 11:33 amLeave a Comment

Well it’s that time of year again. Office parties, last minute panic buying and Slade on the radio. Amongst the craziness it’s also a time to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. What a year 2016 has been! I don’t think anybody could have scripted half of whats happened this year.  In the archive […]

An ‘Enlightened’ Archaeology Fortnight!!

Well that’s it folks, another year, another two weeks of East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight over, and what a glorious two weeks it has been! We finished up almost on a similar theme to how we started, thinking about East Lothian during that creative period of Scottish history, The Age of Enlightenment. We heard […]

Memories of Haddington’s Nungate & Afternoon Tea

This year Haddington History Society has been working on a project recording memories of people who were brought up or lived in Haddington’s Nungate, and copies of the interviews have been deposited here at the John Gray Centre.   Perhaps the most striking thing that comes across is the strong sense of community associated with the […]

Olympics Fever!

02/08/20166:26 pm06/08/2016 10:19 amLeave a Comment

This year, the 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 5 and 21 August – the first summer games ever to be held in South America. These international games, organised by the International Olympic Committee, occur every four years and were first […]

It’s A’ Oor Ain Riding of the Marches!

The first documentation of Musselburgh’s ancient ceremony can be found in the Town Council Minutes on the 16th of October 1682. Earlier written records of the event held by the council were destroyed in a fire at the Town House in 1544. It is thought that the ceremony could date further back to the granting […]

Let’s Celebrate West Barns!

Launched on 4th October 2015, the Story of West Barns was on display at the John Gray Centre. The mini-exhibition was created by a group of volunteers and coordinated by Ola Wojtkiewicz, John Gray Centre Development Officer. Some fascinating history of West Barns and links to photographs and oral history recording are available on the […]

Garde Loo! – It’s World Toilet Day

17/11/20153:40 pm17/11/2015 3:44 pmLeave a Comment

Bathroom, lavatory, toilet, wc, cludgie. Whatever you call the smallest room in your house, you can be thankful that you have one at all as there are millions of people around the world who don’t.  World Toilet Day, on 19 November, is designed to remind us of this, so it’s worth pausing to consider what […]

Tulip farm near West Barns

The Story of West Barns

The John Gray Centre Development Officer, Ola Wojtkiewicz, and a new focus group worked on West Barns’ history to compile a collection for, The Story of West Barns. This exhibition revealedthe village’s social, industrial, and cultural past. Through the ages, West Barns has employed and housed a diverse workforce. The village has supported an array of businesses […]

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Making Connections

31/07/201512:58 pm05/08/2015 12:32 pmLeave a Comment

It’s always nice to be able to put 2 and 2 together, making connections to make a better story… East Lothian’s history is rich and diverse – and so are our collections. Sometimes it feels that we are running as fast as we can simply to keep up with what there is already – accessioning, documenting, […]