Local History

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 […]

The Dunbar Lido

15/08/201710:39 amLeave a Comment

The days of outdoor pools in dotting Scotland’s coast in every town are gone but they are certainly not forgotten. A favourite outdoor swimming pool with locals and tourists alike was of course the Dunbar Lido which was located near to the current Leisure Centre on the coast near the East Coast Beach. The pool […]

East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight 2017!

17/07/201711:17 amLeave a Comment

It’s that  time of year again folks! Here at East Lothian Council’s Archaeology Service, we are once again gearing up for the exciting prospect of East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, held every year during the first two weeks in September! For 2017,  East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight will celebrate the Year […]

The Bass Rock

19/05/20173:21 pmLeave a Comment

The Bass Rock is one of the famous postcard views of the East Lothian region. Along with North Berwick law and other islands in the Forth it was a volcanic plug 320 million years ago. Deep time has eroded away the volcano that once surrounded the plug and leaves only the hard igneous rock – […]

John Muir Day

21/04/201711:05 am25/04/2017 11:42 amLeave a Comment

John Muir is a name most people would associate with expertise in subjects ranging from conservation, geology, botany and glaciation and while he is rightly famous for his extensive work in these fields, few people are aware about his work at a young age as a brilliant inventor, something that without an accident that nearly cost him […]

Johnnie Steele’s East Linton

04/04/20175:13 pm11/04/2017 1:35 pmLeave a Comment

Photographs and slides taken by the late Mr Johnnie Steele comprise a variety of images relating to sceneries and life in East Linton. Amongst them are views of East Linton from the late 19th century right up to the late 20th century. There are images of a variety of steam trains, East Linton Scout groups, […]

Women and Work in East Lothian

29/03/201710:37 am04/04/2017 11:03 amLeave a Comment

Posted by Ruth on behalf of Jacqueline Lynch.   March 2017 celebrates International Women’s Month and the following is a sample of some of the notable work undertaken by East Lothian women through the ages. Farming and Fishing When researching  the working lives of women in East Lothian we must turn our attention first to a […]

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 […]

Love in the Archives

07/02/20179:00 am11/03/2017 11:48 amLeave a Comment

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie, That’s sweetly play’d in tune. Do you believe in true love? Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in love that lasts forever? Many believe that love is unconditional, selfless, unchanging, sincere, […]

‘Deeds Not Words’ 100 Years of the Rural

16/01/20173:20 pm28/03/2017 12:17 pmLeave a Comment

This week an exhibition will be launched here at the John Gray Centre to celebrate 100 years of the Rural. You can visit the exhibition between January 20th and May 3rd during museum opening hours.    The origins of the Scottish Women’s Institute are firmly in East Lothian, and we’d like to thank the members of […]