World War One Memorial comes to Haddington Library

East Lothian amateur artist, David Paterson, has created a piece of work in memory of his great grandfather who was killed in World War One. The 5ft tall Davy lamp is on display at Haddington Library for the next fortnight, as part of a tour of Mid and East Lothian libraries. The lamp is in […]

Coffee, cake and martians – events at Haddington Library

Autumn is nearly upon us so dust off your library membership card , come in and pick some books to curl up with! I can thoroughly recommend   ‘The Martian’   by Andy Weir. The film with Matt Damon will be released this week, but you should really try the book as this is a great read […]

Cockenzie Power Station

22/09/201511:52 am25/09/2015 1:17 pmLeave a Comment

Cockenzie has a rich history having been founded upon salt pans, fishing and coal mines. The demolition of the power station will now  join Cockenzie’s colourful past that is held in our extensive archives.At the John Gray Centre, we are marking the historic day of demolition (26th September) by curating a small exhibition of photographs and […]

Roll Up, Roll Up for the School Fair…

15/09/20155:06 pm22/09/2015 9:17 amLeave a Comment

It’s a little over 2 weeks to go now until ‘Best Days of Your Life?’ – our exhibition about schooldays in East Lothian  – opens in the temporary exhibition gallery here at the John Gray Centre.   To kick off the exhibition the Archive and Local History team is holding a School Fair Family Fun Day on Saturday 3rd […]

Haddington’s own Jim Wylie takes Strictly’s Judy Murray for a twirl

01/09/201511:41 am03/09/2015 9:28 amLeave a Comment

On the 20th of August, Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy Murray and of Strictly Come Dancing fame, visited sunny East Linton, as part of the Tennis on the Road initiative. She spent a couple of hours on the newly refurbished courts, teaching a group of adult volunteers and children different tennis techniques in […]

Tulip farm near West Barns

The Story of West Barns

The John Gray Centre Development Officer, Ola Wojtkiewicz, and a new focus group worked on West Barns’ history to compile a collection for, The Story of West Barns. This exhibition revealedthe village’s social, industrial, and cultural past. Through the ages, West Barns has employed and housed a diverse workforce. The village has supported an array of businesses […]

You’re ‘aving ELAF!!

“The time has come,” the Archy said, “To talk of many things: Of schools–and knights–and secret codes– Of airfields–and kings– And why that hillfort just isn’t not?– And why ponies don’t have wings.” (with abject apologies to Lewis Carroll!) Yes, EAST LOTHIAN ARCHAEOLOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY FORTNIGHT Starts the 29th Aug and runs through to […]

The North Berwick Pilgrim Ferry Crossing

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North Berwick owes much of its early importance to its location on the historic pilgrim route to St Andrews. The crossing between North Berwick and Fife was the shortest distance over the Forth when travelling from the south. Many arrived from the north of east England, the Borders and Whitekirk. The first early crossing may […]

Racecourses in East Lothian

03/08/20152:58 pm04/08/2015 2:59 pmLeave a Comment

Today in East Lothian ‘the sport of kings’ is solely held in Musselburgh, but in the past racing was observed at racecourses in Gullane and West Barns. Gullane being the most prestigious for training, stables and races  gained fame for being the very best and was described by equine enthusiasts as the ‘Newmarket of the […]

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Making Connections

31/07/201512:58 pm05/08/2015 12:32 pmLeave a Comment

It’s always nice to be able to put 2 and 2 together, making connections to make a better story… East Lothian’s history is rich and diverse – and so are our collections. Sometimes it feels that we are running as fast as we can simply to keep up with what there is already – accessioning, documenting, […]