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Wiles Buses – Catch them at Longniddry Library during April 2018

04/04/20182:59 pmLeave a Comment

Wiles Buses – Catch them at Longniddry Library during April 2018. The History The Buses – over 30 on display The Garage – See how the construction of the original garage is progressing!

All Smiles in the Archive

02/06/201610:50 am10/06/2016 3:20 pmLeave a Comment

It is all smiles in the archive today, well Smiles – as in the family. One of the most time consuming tasks that take place when we are closed to the public is the stock check.  This involves going over materials assessing their condition and ensuring that everything is where it should be.  Local History was […]

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 […]

World War One Memorial comes to Haddington Library

East Lothian amateur artist, David Paterson, has created a piece of work in memory of his great grandfather who was killed in World War One. The 5ft tall Davy lamp is on display at Haddington Library for the next fortnight, as part of a tour of Mid and East Lothian libraries. The lamp is in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reach for the (5) Stars!

We have retained our 5 Star Visitor Attraction grading and we are delighted! The grading is awarded by Visit Scotland as part of their highly regarded quality assurance scheme which lets customers know to expect a certain standard when they visit. For us those standards are very high indeed. Staff were commended on the quality […]

The Scottish Open, Bovril, pies and new encounters- my first few months at JGC library

23/07/20152:48 pm05/08/2015 12:43 pmLeave a Comment

I started working in the Haddington library in April and have enjoyed a warm welcome from both staff and library visitors. I now recognise our regulars and can greet many of them by name and I enjoy how socially interactive and diverse this job is. Outside of all the positive interactions with our library visitors, […]

Friends visit John Gray book collection at the NLS

The Friends of The John Gray Centre enjoyed their annual outing which took place on Monday 15 June and proved to be an inspiring visit to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. We have been offered an expertly talk on the extraordinary  John Gray books collection by Dr Anette Hagan, NLS Rare Books Curator. […]