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Days Out in the Past – Trapain Law

Trapain Law has an impressive presence, an unmissable ancient landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape – exactly the sort of place to find buried treasure. One thousand five hundred years ago this was the power base for a local tribal chief, someone important enough to be a dealmaker with the Roman Empire. We have a […]

Heritage to dig into – East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight

We are gearing up for Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, which will take place from August 31 to September 15. This year the programme is bigger than ever, with lots of events throughout the county. We’ve got excavations and exhibitions, walks and talks, workshops and open days… something for everyone interested in finding out about […]

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 […]

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 […]

Representation of the People Act, or the Fourth Reform Act

06/02/20184:41 pm19/02/2018 4:18 pmLeave a Comment

Today marks the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act on the 6th February 1918. What did that mean? Why is it important? Well, if you haven’t been following the radio, the news and social media today and yesterday, it reformed the electoral system in Great Britain and Ireland after years […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

September Weekend

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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 […]