Royal visits to Haddington

01/06/20122:08 pm21/02/2019 4:39 pmLeave a Comment

In honour of The Diamond Jubilee, we thought we would celebrate by unveiling photographs of Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Haddington, East Lothian on 7th July 1956 and 7thDecember 1973. These images are the first series we have scanned from the John McVie collection, a fomer solicitor and town clerk whose photographic collection includes the opening of […]

Having a Party?

31/05/201212:20 pm31/05/2012 1:34 pmLeave a Comment

This year’s Diamond Jubilee is not the first time that such a landmark has been reached.  115 years ago, 20 June 1897 was marked by countrywide celebrations as Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to attain a reign of sixty years.

Summer of fun kicking off this weekend!

18/05/20122:54 pmLeave a Comment

Our summer season of events is really getting into its stride now – even if the weather seems to have forgotten it’s supposed to be sunny now. We’ve got lots coming up, including an afternoon of 1960s fashion at Prestongrange Museum (3 June), Seaside Shenanigans at Dunbar (17 June) and the Battle of Prestonpans Family Day at Prestongrange […]

Roman Altars in Musselburgh – update

18/05/20128:20 am18/05/2012 11:59 amLeave a Comment

Last year I wrote a blog after interviewing Andy Robertson, ELC Archaeology Officer, about the recent and important discovery of Roman Altars at Musselburgh. AOC Archaeology, who are also working on the project, have written an update about it here: http://www.aocarchaeology.com/lewisvale-roman-altars/ – fascinating stuff! And if you didn’t see the original blog, from April 2011 (on […]

The Lighthouse Stevensons in North Berwick

10/05/20121:13 pm10/05/2012 1:14 pmLeave a Comment

Our  move to the John Gray Centre has allowed us to uncover some incredible material that we didn’t know we had. Perhaps the most interesting has been an 1845 plan drawn up by the Stevenson family of engineers. It is a proposal to build new ferry ports in North Berwick and Elie, in Fife. And […]

East Lothian man perishes on the Titanic

14/04/20128:13 am03/12/2012 12:13 pmLeave a Comment

The Titanic On 14th April 1912 the jewel of the White Star Line, the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic, hit an iceberg. The massive hulk scraped the starboard side of the ship leaving a large gash. Water began to flood in, pouring over the bulkheads. It was soon clear that the ship could not be saved and the […]

East Lothian’s connection to Titanic

10/04/20124:41 pm11/12/2012 12:48 pmLeave a Comment

We are now approaching the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. Books, films and websites have all kept this fascinating story alive. But how many are aware that an East Lothian resident was among those who perished? On 14th April we will reveal the county’s link to the sinking of the Titanic. Watch this […]

Easter at the John Gray Centre

04/04/20123:42 pm04/04/2012 3:45 pmLeave a Comment

We’ve been open for six whole days now, so raring to go for Easter weekend! We’ll be open all over Easter (the library too!), so why not pop in to visit us? We have activities for all the family, including Eggsplore Museums – hunt for the secret characters hidden around the museum, and win a prize (will […]

Opening Day at the John Gray Centre

02/04/20123:16 pm08/07/2014 2:27 pmLeave a Comment

Well, we are now – at long last! – actually open! We had an excellent and truly enjoyable day on Friday, which kicked off with 90 (yes, 90!) children from King’s Meadow Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Ross High and Children 1st bursting in (in a calm and orderly manner, of course!) to explore […]

Out with the Old and In with the New

28/03/201212:27 pm28/03/2012 12:35 pmLeave a Comment

Archive and Local History Unit – The Move by Hanita Ritchie The Archive and Local History Unit is pleased to announce that we have officially moved to the John Gray Centre! And it certainly looks like the mess and perhaps the stress are all things that we need to remember and record for posterity. During […]