Blog by Primary 2/3 children from West Barns

Children from West Barns Primary school visited the John Gray Centre to try one of our new workshops. This is how they recollect their visit. Well done everyone form West Barns Primary; it was lovely having you round! Me and West Barns Primary School P2/3 went to the John Gray Centre on Thursday the 12th […]

Crafty Sundays for Families

25/02/20151:04 pm17/03/2015 11:56 amLeave a Comment

Our Sunday activities run from 1.30-3.30, and you can drop in at any time. We ask for a £1 per child to help us buy more materials for future workshops. There is no age limit as they are adapted to accommodate everyone. Romans vs Robots 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March Choose your allegiance […]

Calling East Lothian’s allotment gardeners!

18/02/20154:45 pm24/02/2015 4:12 pmLeave a Comment

Museums are launching an exciting year-long project and are looking for local residents to take part. Inspired by Visit Scotland’s 2015 year of food and drink we’ve commissioned a photographer to take a series of images celebrating East Lothian’s allotment gardeners, allotments and the wonderful produce they grow.  The photographs will be taken across one year and […]

New & Free Treasure Tours at the John Gray Centre!

13/02/201511:33 am17/02/2015 3:13 pmLeave a Comment

Did you know we hold original letters signed by Mary Queen of Scots? Would you believe that we have an official charter sealed by Robert the Bruce, from 1318? Or a burial urn dating back to the Bronze Age? These are just a few of the treasures we hold. Bring your group for a guided […]

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Exhibitions Galore

06/02/201510:40 am10/02/2015 10:32 amLeave a Comment

This time of year is busy as detailed plans come together for the year ahead.  Here’s a quick round up of the exhibitions the museums team have been co-ordinating for the John Gray Centre, Prestongrange Museum, Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery and the John Muir Birthplace. First off at the John Gray Centre this […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January: remembered by a Knox Academy pupil

27/01/20152:17 pm18/01/2015 1:00 pmLeave a Comment

Sadly, this year we haven’t been able to hold another event for Holocaust Memorial Day, but last year pupils from Knox Academy came and met Stephen Brent, a Haddington resident who came to Scotland as a boy, on the Kindertransport. We thought we’d re-post the account of the event written by Grant Campbell, one of […]

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New activities for older people – and your help needed!

06/01/20153:35 pm06/01/2015 3:36 pmLeave a Comment

Since we opened in April 2012, we’ve learnt that the John Gray Centre is a great place for people to remember their own past, to share stories with each other, and tell us fascinating details that show us how fast the way we live is changing. We’ve heard tales from people who’ve used sheep shears […]

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Museum awarded full accreditation!

17/12/20141:34 pm02/06/2015 4:03 pmLeave a Comment

The John Gray Centre Museum has been awarded the status of full Accreditation! The John Gray Centre Museum in Haddington has achieved full accreditation status, meeting nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. To meet the requirements the museum had to demonstrate that it complies with standards relating to how the museum is […]

Remembering World War One

03/12/201412:57 pm08/12/2014 5:21 pmLeave a Comment

On Sunday the temporary exhibition at the John Gray Centre finished. It had looked at the impact of the First World War on those living in East Lothian – both those who went to war, and those left behind. Over the last couple of months I have been involved in a number of WWI-related activities […]

Remembrance at the John Gray Centre

07/11/201412:14 pm10/11/2014 2:27 pmLeave a Comment

Exhibitions Our War: East Lothian 1914–18 This exhibition, closing on 30 November, examines East Lothian’s contribution to the campaigns of World War One, from the experience of the soldiers and local regiments that served overseas, to the effort on the home front and the effects on the landscape and towns of East Lothian. First World […]