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Days Out in the Past – War Walks

16/08/201911:01 amLeave a Comment

Explore East Lothians place in conflict from Medieval sieges to World War II defences

Heritage to dig into – East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight

We are gearing up for Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, which will take place from August 31 to September 15. This year the programme is bigger than ever, with lots of events throughout the county. We’ve got excavations and exhibitions, walks and talks, workshops and open days… something for everyone interested in finding out about […]

Surveying up a Storm: War and Peace at Broad Sands!

04/02/201612:25 pmLeave a Comment

At the end of January, just as Storm Gertrude was gearing up to sweep across the shores of East Lothian, so an intrepid team from the East Lothian Council Archaeology Service was gearing up to do the same! After health & safety concerns were raised regarding several wooden posts noted in the intertidal zone down […]

At the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month…

06/11/20155:19 pm14/01/2016 6:04 pmLeave a Comment

Armistice Day.  As we set to see this day come around again, those two words bring ideas of hope, peace, and remembrance.  In times past, those who lived through the Great War probably could never fathom those words during the long, desperate years of struggle.  When that day finally came, what happened to the people […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]