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harbour scene with boats, by John Bellany

Colour, by Kate

19/09/20148:19 am13/01/2015 3:12 pmLeave a Comment

Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water. (Fernand Leger) As I have recently returned from a very lovely jaunt to Barcelona I have a number of current obsessions (to add to all the others). These are, in no particular order, eating Tapas, making the perfect Sangria and […]

Family History Day 2014

03/09/20141:19 pm30/09/2014 4:05 pmLeave a Comment

   The third ‘Family History Day’ organised by the John Gray Centre was celebrated by hundreds of locals and visitors from beyond the county last Saturday (30 August 2014) as part of East Lothian Council’s annual Local History and Archaeology Fortnight. It proved a perfect day for many families to commemorate the 100th anniversary of […]

Mod-winner heads to Benbecula to sing at WW1 commemorative event

20/08/20144:22 pm18/08/2014 4:23 pmLeave a Comment

We are very proud of our colleague Rena Gertz, who is based in our office at the John Gray Centre and answers our innumerable questions about data protection! She is East Lothian Council’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information Compliance Officer, but in her ‘other life’, she is also an in-demand singer of traditional Scottish […]

Museum Summer Update

11/07/20142:10 pmLeave a Comment

We are now one week into East Lothian schools summer break. The weather has been fantastic so far and let us hope that the good weather continues. However, good weather is not always the best for museums. Traditionally it is wet weather that brings people into visit; after all, there are so many other things […]

Family History Day soldier crop

Codes, rats and war … at Family History Day

07/07/20148:38 am30/07/2014 4:53 pmLeave a Comment

Pack up your kit bags and join storytellers Angie Townsend and Nicola Wright for an action-packed World War One Family History Day. Hear the story of an ordinary family who went to war and learn how to trace your own family’s experience of that brutal conflict. Are you fit for war? Can you deliver a […]

Florabank visits the museum

Florabank care home visits the museum

24/03/20141:53 pm14/04/2014 11:25 amLeave a Comment

Recently, we have started offering groups guided tours of the museum and reminiscence sessions, with object-handling and creative crafts. We’re particularly keen to offer something to people with extra access needs, whether that’s because they’re visually or hearing impaired, need time and individual attention because they’re older (or, indeed, younger), or use a wheelchair or stroller […]

Postcards

A Colourful Look at our Postcards

21/02/201412:39 pm06/05/2014 9:02 amLeave a Comment

Entering the museum lobby, a young girl grabs her father by the hand and heads straight over to the red box containing our museum postcards. She gives one to him and takes one for herself and proceeds to explain that there are 3 stamp machines that you have to find in the museum, and then you decorate the back […]

Preston Mill, East Linton

East Lothian Inventors; fabulous, fantastic and fantastical! More numerous than I knew and some very Wallace and Gromit-like!

10/12/201312:04 pm24/06/2014 12:36 pmLeave a Comment

Last week the ‘Inventions Bus’, a travelling museum showcasing British inventions, visited East Lothian. I hope you got a chance to visit it whilst it was around our towns. I had the wonderful job of selecting and installing the objects to highlight the inventions from East Lothian, which meant doing research and then searching the […]

Working out how to use the audio guide (Talking Museum)

Launching the Talking Museum audio guides

11/11/20131:45 pm08/07/2014 10:56 amLeave a Comment

Last Friday, after the rest of the John Gray Centre had closed, we had a special party to launch our brand new audio guides for the Talking Museum – developed with the hard work and enthusiasm of some local University of the Third Age (U3A) members, curators of the ‘personal view’ cases in the museum, […]

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World War One Centenary

04/08/20139:03 pm23/07/2014 4:01 pmLeave a Comment

4 August 2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Exactly one year from this post. A year before the outbreak of the war, few had any idea of what it would be like, although the storm clouds were clearly gathering. We, at least, know it happened and that it was […]