Please note: due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the Centre is currently closed, but our website is still open for business.


The archive and museums of East Lothian will collect items that relate to our geographical area. Although we already have a fantastic collections representing the history of the County, we are always keen to add material.

The archive collection includes images, documents, letters, minute books and maps as well as born digital material.

The museum service collects everything from paintings and small handicraft items up to, in the case of Prestongrange Museum, locomotive engines.

Archive Shelves showing bound volumes of minutes

Archive Store in the John Gray Centre

We have policies that set out the rules we follow when collecting, and what we are able to accept. We are not able to take in everything, as there is only so much space but we hope that we are able to select things which represent the communities, and the changes, of East Lothian.

We look after everything that comes to us to high professional standards to make sure it survives as long as possible. We have items going back seven hundred years, and think that it would be good to have them for at least another seven hundred!

If you have material that you you would like to donate then please get in touch or pop in and see us the the Centre.