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Diary of work experience with Museum Services June 2018

19/06/201812:30 pmLeave a Comment

This week I was helping out the East Lothian Council Museum Service for my work experience. I did many different things at several different museums, and I am going to tell you what I did on each day. MONDAY Monday was the first day of my work experience, and at the start I was nervous […]

Organising an Exhibition

Katherine Weldon asked if I could recount my experience, the highs and the lows, of putting together the current exhibition in the John Gray Centre Gallery – The Story of St Andrew and the Saltire – which opened on 28 October 2017 and runs until 30 January 2018. I rashly agreed! It was back in […]

Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day? Which is it?

24/03/20174:37 pm28/03/2017 11:17 amLeave a Comment

Every fourth Sunday of Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter, the holiday of Mothering Sunday, now more popularly known as Mother’s Day, occurs. Historically, the event was a religious one and had little to do with mums.  Around the 16th century, the holiday saw servants given the day off so that they could return […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t forget your toothbrush or social media for museums!

01/04/201611:59 amLeave a Comment

Of all the facts I learned in a very insightful day at ‘Connect 4: East Lothian Council’s 8th Annual Tourism Conference’, the one that has stayed with me is this:  more people in the world today own a mobile device than own a toothbrush. As I entered the Brunton Theatre that day, clutching my notebook, […]

Fishing in East lothian

Those researching family in East Lothian will very likely come across a nautical affiliation. Our current temporary exhibit of photographs, letters and fishing documents demonstrate the importance of fishing to East Lothian. Fisherrow, Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Port Seton, North Berwick and Dunbar are all existing harbours that have been used for fishing in varying degrees. Most early fishermen did […]

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 […]

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 […]