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, […]

East Lothian Food and Drink – a new display at the museum

20/07/20154:44 pm12/10/2015 3:53 pmLeave a Comment

The other week I blogged about our new displays in the museum, and featured the Communities case, which now has a beautiful display of clothes from those significant moments in our lives – birth, marriage and death. Now it’s the turn of our Industries display case, which used to feature the local textile mills, particularly Kilspindie. Now […]

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. […]

Wedding Dress 1920

New displays at the museum

06/07/20155:07 pmLeave a Comment

Our permanent exhibition, ‘The Land, the Sea, the People’, features East Lothian’s past – how people lived here and what traces have been left in the landscape. We have displays on fishing, with interactive displays and beautiful oil paintings; farming, with handling objects and a dressing-up box (not just for kids!); a timeline showing East Lothian through […]

Family History Day 2015

Family History Day (29 August)

Who are we? And where did we come from? Join us on Family History Day, Saturday, 29 August, and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions! Launching this year’s Archaeology & Local History Fortnight (ELAF), our theme this year is all about how place, population and family […]

Museum Summer Activities for Children

22/06/20151:55 pm28/07/2015 10:01 pmLeave a Comment

Though the weather may not know it, the summer holidays are upon us! We’ve enjoyed having school visits but now it’s time for some family fun. This summer we’ll be hosting three children’s activity days as part of the Museums Summer Activities 2015 programme. On Tuesday 14 July, from 2–3:30pm, join us for Bronze Age […]

Congratulations John Muir’s Birthplace

16/04/201511:56 amLeave a Comment

Our colleagues at John Muir’s Birthplace (our other 5 star visitor attraction, in Dunbar) have been busy bees. Last April saw the launch of the John Muir Way, a new long distance walking route running from Dunbar to Helensburgh on the west coast (the Muir family emigrated from Dunbar via the Clyde in 1849). The […]

Puppets made at the John Gray Centre!

08/04/20153:22 pm09/04/2015 10:32 amLeave a Comment

Thank you to everyone big and small who came to enjoy our today’s drop in puppet making workshop with Abby Ingham. We had a very busy morning with around 100 visitors and lots of beautiful puppets made. There was laughter, visits to our brand new exhibition upstairs which features masks and puppets and quite a […]