Reminiscence

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 […]

Memories of Haddington’s Nungate & Afternoon Tea

This year Haddington History Society has been working on a project recording memories of people who were brought up or lived in Haddington’s Nungate, and copies of the interviews have been deposited here at the John Gray Centre.   Perhaps the most striking thing that comes across is the strong sense of community associated with the […]

It’s A’ Oor Ain Riding of the Marches!

The first documentation of Musselburgh’s ancient ceremony can be found in the Town Council Minutes on the 16th of October 1682. Earlier written records of the event held by the council were destroyed in a fire at the Town House in 1544. It is thought that the ceremony could date further back to the granting […]

Let’s Celebrate West Barns!

Launched on 4th October 2015, the Story of West Barns was on display at the John Gray Centre. The mini-exhibition was created by a group of volunteers and coordinated by Ola Wojtkiewicz, John Gray Centre Development Officer. Some fascinating history of West Barns and links to photographs and oral history recording are available on the […]

World War One Memorial comes to Haddington Library

East Lothian amateur artist, David Paterson, has created a piece of work in memory of his great grandfather who was killed in World War One. The 5ft tall Davy lamp is on display at Haddington Library for the next fortnight, as part of a tour of Mid and East Lothian libraries. The lamp is in […]

Roll Up, Roll Up for the School Fair…

15/09/20155:06 pm22/09/2015 9:17 amLeave a Comment

It’s a little over 2 weeks to go now until ‘Best Days of Your Life?’ – our exhibition about schooldays in East Lothian  – opens in the temporary exhibition gallery here at the John Gray Centre.   To kick off the exhibition the Archive and Local History team is holding a School Fair Family Fun Day on Saturday 3rd […]

Haddington’s own Jim Wylie takes Strictly’s Judy Murray for a twirl

01/09/201511:41 am03/09/2015 9:28 amLeave a Comment

On the 20th of August, Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy Murray and of Strictly Come Dancing fame, visited sunny East Linton, as part of the Tennis on the Road initiative. She spent a couple of hours on the newly refurbished courts, teaching a group of adult volunteers and children different tennis techniques in […]

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 […]

You’re ‘aving ELAF!!

“The time has come,” the Archy said, “To talk of many things: Of schools–and knights–and secret codes– Of airfields–and kings– And why that hillfort just isn’t not?– And why ponies don’t have wings.” (with abject apologies to Lewis Carroll!) Yes, EAST LOTHIAN ARCHAEOLOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY FORTNIGHT Starts the 29th Aug and runs through to […]

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, […]