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Dunbar’s Dustbin Detectives!

01/06/20171:39 pmLeave a Comment

Another year, another archaeological frontier breached at Dunbar Science Club! http://www.dunbarscienceclub.org.uk/ A sunny Saturday morning saw Andy and myself heading out to the Bleachingfield Centre armed with a rubbish bag and a motley collection of Andy’s breakfast detritus, and then some lovely prehistoric artefacts from our handling collection. Our mission: to explore strange old worlds, […]

September Weekend

12/09/20163:02 pmLeave a Comment

The September Weekend is approaching. That long weekend where you can spend some quality time with your kids once the new term has started. Summer has gone and it’s getting a little colder and a little wetter, but the trees are changing colour into a wonderful display of autumnal fireworks. With lovely reds and browns and […]

The Growing Importance of Gardening

29/08/20162:26 pm23/09/2016 1:34 pmLeave a Comment

A review of The Garden of Scotland, East Lothian’s Community Gardening Heritage exhibition by Susannah Jennings, Museum Assistant and Environmental Resource Management Student. A new free exhibition has just begun in the temporary exhibition gallery, running from the 13th of August until the 10th January 2017, this exhibition explores stories, objects and photographs from East Lothian’s […]

Artefact Attack at Dunbar SciFest 2016!

16/03/20163:19 pmLeave a Comment

It was with some trepidation that myself and three student volunteers from Edinburgh University (Jo, Lewis and Tiffany) got into my car at 8am on Saturday morning to drive to Dunbar Primary School. Our purpose? To deliver ‘Artefact Attack’-a day of archaeology-themed science workshops for children at Dunbar SciFest 2016. But how many kids would […]

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 […]

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland 2015 – that’s it for another year! The authors have come and gone, crafts have been crafted, food cooked, plays played and poems read. The events were taking place county wide of course, only a few at the John Gray Centre, but this year we branched out to use even more venues […]

Santa at Christmas at the John Gray Centre

Holiday Cheer at the John Gray Centre

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the John Gray Centre has lots of busy elves gearing up to make it festive for YOU! We have multiple activities for both children and families, so make sure you like our Facebook page to keep up with it all! Starting 1st December, we have our 12 Days of […]

Bottoms Up!

I am sitting in the office on a dreich November day and mulling over the ideas for exhibitions that bubble up to the surface every now and again. How do we decide what to stage exhibitions about? First off it depends what we have in the collection; what can we display? After all we are […]

Skeleton

” the hip bone’s connected to the, thigh bone…” is not the only tune a skeleton can sing!

20/10/20151:58 pm20/10/2015 2:20 pmLeave a Comment

Sam here, East Lothian Council’s Archaeology Service resident skeleton, bringing you news of my latest travels and activities-which, if I do say so myself (and I do, I’ve not a modest bone in my body), have been most entertaining and educational for all concerned! First off, I took my colleagues Andy and Helena and my […]

Coffee, cake and martians – events at Haddington Library

Autumn is nearly upon us so dust off your library membership card , come in and pick some books to curl up with! I can thoroughly recommend   ‘The Martian’   by Andy Weir. The film with Matt Damon will be released this week, but you should really try the book as this is a great read […]