East Lothian Archaeology & Local History Fortnight

September 3 – 19 The annual Archaeology and Local History Fortnight will be back again in September, and this year’s programme is packed with events all about the heritage of East Lothian. Taking place from September 3rd to 19th, there will be events throughout the County.  The Fortnight is organised by East Lothian Council’s Archaeology […]

It’s A’ Oor Ain Riding of the Marches!

The first documentation of Musselburgh’s ancient ceremony can be found in the Town Council Minutes on the 16th of October 1682. Earlier written records of the event held by the council were destroyed in a fire at the Town House in 1544. It is thought that the ceremony could date further back to the granting […]

Best Days of Your Life? Memories of Schooldays in East Lothian

15/06/201611:09 am15/06/2016 11:10 amLeave a Comment

You may remember Best Days of Your Life?, an exhibition we held at the John Gray Centre about schooldays last year.  As part of the research we did a number of interviews and I thought it would be nice to share some of the memories here.  A big thank you to the members of Haddington […]

All Smiles in the Archive

02/06/201610:50 am10/06/2016 3:20 pmLeave a Comment

It is all smiles in the archive today, well Smiles – as in the family. One of the most time consuming tasks that take place when we are closed to the public is the stock check.  This involves going over materials assessing their condition and ensuring that everything is where it should be.  Local History was […]

Don’t forget your toothbrush or social media for museums!

01/04/201611:59 amLeave a Comment

Of all the facts I learned in a very insightful day at ‘Connect 4: East Lothian Council’s 8th Annual Tourism Conference’, the one that has stayed with me is this:  more people in the world today own a mobile device than own a toothbrush. As I entered the Brunton Theatre that day, clutching my notebook, […]

Artefact Attack at Dunbar SciFest 2016!

16/03/20163:19 pmLeave a Comment

It was with some trepidation that myself and three student volunteers from Edinburgh University (Jo, Lewis and Tiffany) got into my car at 8am on Saturday morning to drive to Dunbar Primary School. Our purpose? To deliver ‘Artefact Attack’-a day of archaeology-themed science workshops for children at Dunbar SciFest 2016. But how many kids would […]

Fishing in East lothian

Those researching family in East Lothian will very likely come across a nautical affiliation. Our current temporary exhibit of photographs, letters and fishing documents demonstrate the importance of fishing to East Lothian. Fisherrow, Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Port Seton, North Berwick and Dunbar are all existing harbours that have been used for fishing in varying degrees. Most early fishermen did […]

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 […]

King Arthur School, Musselburgh

29/01/20164:31 pmLeave a Comment

Sometimes we are struck by the strange coincidences here in archives. Just last week we came across a digital image of King Arthur School , Musselburgh in our collections. Never having heard of it we immediately started to look for information and found it was an independent boarding school for girls and boys. This week we’ve […]

Christmas in the Archives

22/12/20156:58 pmLeave a Comment

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ but until fairly recently Christmas in Scotland passed in quietly, not that much different from any other working day.   Browsing the archive collections it is not uncommon  to  find records of meetings taking place on Christmas Day.  Poignantly we recently came across an application for poor relief to Dunbar […]