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Days Out in the Past – Dunbar

For the good people of Dunbar, 3 September 1650 must have seemed as if the end of days had arrived. It was a wild stormy night of howling wind and rain, and then in the early hours of the morning came the crash and thunder of battle, as Oliver Cromwell’s army of Parliament fought a […]

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference 2017!

04/12/201710:56 amLeave a Comment

Another year, another fabulous conference! If we were to start a recipe book for creating the perfect mix of people, papers and provisions at a regional archaeology conference, perhaps it may have read a little like this year’s programme: ….take one probable barrow in Prestonpans; add in a chunk of medieval buildings, settlement and industry […]

‘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 […]

Archive 2016: Looking back, looking forward

16/12/20165:00 pm04/04/2017 11:33 amLeave a Comment

Well it’s that time of year again. Office parties, last minute panic buying and Slade on the radio. Amongst the craziness it’s also a time to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. What a year 2016 has been! I don’t think anybody could have scripted half of whats happened this year.  In the archive […]

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 […]

The Growing Importance of Gardening

29/08/20162:26 pm23/09/2016 1:34 pmLeave a Comment

A review of The Garden of Scotland, East Lothian’s Community Gardening Heritage exhibition by Susannah Jennings, Museum Assistant and Environmental Resource Management Student. A new free exhibition has just begun in the temporary exhibition gallery, running from the 13th of August until the 10th January 2017, this exhibition explores stories, objects and photographs from East Lothian’s […]

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 […]

Best Days of Your Life? Memories of Schooldays in East Lothian

15/06/201611:09 am15/06/2016 11:10 amLeave a Comment

You may remember Best Days of Your Life?, an exhibition we held at the John Gray Centre about schooldays last year.  As part of the research we did a number of interviews and I thought it would be nice to share some of the memories here.  A big thank you to the members of Haddington […]

King Arthur School, Musselburgh

29/01/20164:31 pmLeave a Comment

Sometimes we are struck by the strange coincidences here in archives. Just last week we came across a digital image of King Arthur School , Musselburgh in our collections. Never having heard of it we immediately started to look for information and found it was an independent boarding school for girls and boys. This week we’ve […]

Bottoms Up!

I am sitting in the office on a dreich November day and mulling over the ideas for exhibitions that bubble up to the surface every now and again. How do we decide what to stage exhibitions about? First off it depends what we have in the collection; what can we display? After all we are […]