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

Lockdown Work

15/05/202011:53 amLeave a Comment

Hi, it’s Claire the Collections Officer here. Do you ever wonder what work could a Museums Collections Officer possibly be doing during lockdown, seeing as all museums are shut? Well, I thought I’d write a wee blog; something I should do more often but shy away from if the truth be told, to show you […]

All Locked Down and Nothing to Do?

02/04/20204:17 pm03/04/2020 1:58 pmLeave a Comment

The John Gray Centre Museum, Archives and Local History library may be shut at present – but there’s still plenty to explore from the comfort of your own home. We thought we’d pull together some of our favourite heritage on-line sources for you to explore at your leisure – but be careful: time tends to […]

Calling all Museum, Science and History Postgraduates!

An exciting opportunity exists for a BSHS Engagement Fellowship with East Lothian Museums Service. We are seeking applications from graduates with a relevant degree for a Fellowship funded by the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), to start early 2020. The successful Engagement Fellow will be based at the Museums Service HQ in […]

Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology Conference 2019!

23/10/20199:43 amLeave a Comment

Well folks, it is that time of year again! The leaves are turning wonderful shades of gold, russet and sunset orange; the geese are squawking and honking in their raggedy V’s overhead, there is a fresh chill in the air, lacing the spider webs with early morning frost. Whilst the last vestiges of summer are […]

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 […]

Days Out in the Past – Cockenzie

Find out about some of the exciting events happening in and around Cockenzie this September. History on your doorstep

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

Days Out in the Past – Trapain Law

Trapain Law has an impressive presence, an unmissable ancient landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape – exactly the sort of place to find buried treasure. One thousand five hundred years ago this was the power base for a local tribal chief, someone important enough to be a dealmaker with the Roman Empire. We have a […]

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 […]

It’s here! East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight, Sept 1 – 16!

Here at the Archaeology Service we are getting super excited for, yep, you guessed it folks….the East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight 2018! That’s right, our annual fortnight is back, with a veritable bang this year, landing multitudes of exciting, fun-filled, and thought-provoking events in a place near you! Organised by the Archaeology Service […]