Women and Work in East Lothian

29/03/201710:37 am04/04/2017 11:03 amLeave a Comment

Posted by Ruth on behalf of Jacqueline Lynch.   March 2017 celebrates International Women’s Month and the following is a sample of some of the notable work undertaken by East Lothian women through the ages. Farming and Fishing When researching  the working lives of women in East Lothian we must turn our attention first to a […]

Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day? Which is it?

24/03/20174:37 pm28/03/2017 11:17 amLeave a Comment

Every fourth Sunday of Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter, the holiday of Mothering Sunday, now more popularly known as Mother’s Day, occurs. Historically, the event was a religious one and had little to do with mums.  Around the 16th century, the holiday saw servants given the day off so that they could return […]

Love in the Archives

07/02/20179:00 am11/03/2017 11:48 amLeave a Comment

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie, That’s sweetly play’d in tune. Do you believe in true love? Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in love that lasts forever? Many believe that love is unconditional, selfless, unchanging, sincere, […]

‘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 […]

Film Appreciation Club

02/12/20162:44 pm19/12/2019 3:51 pmLeave a Comment

“Film recognises neither time nor space, only the limits of man’s imagination.” (Nicholas Ray) If you love film, then why not join our film appreciation club? For a membership fee donation of £15 per annum, you will be able to watch eight selected films from across the world and enjoy vibrant discussion that will enhance […]

Its Conference time!

07/11/201612:11 pmLeave a Comment

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, November, the month of sparklers and fireworks, of cooling temperatures and shorter days, of the build up to Christmas….and yes, the Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders Archaeology Conference! Our conference, held annually at the Queen Margaret University, takes place this year on Saturday the 19th of November, and promises […]

An ‘Enlightened’ Archaeology Fortnight!!

Well that’s it folks, another year, another two weeks of East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight over, and what a glorious two weeks it has been! We finished up almost on a similar theme to how we started, thinking about East Lothian during that creative period of Scottish history, The Age of Enlightenment. We heard […]

September Weekend

12/09/20163:02 pmLeave a Comment

The September Weekend is approaching. That long weekend where you can spend some quality time with your kids once the new term has started. Summer has gone and it’s getting a little colder and a little wetter, but the trees are changing colour into a wonderful display of autumnal fireworks. With lovely reds and browns and […]

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 […]