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, […]

Reach for the (5) Stars!

We have retained our 5 Star Visitor Attraction grading and we are delighted! The grading is awarded by Visit Scotland as part of their highly regarded quality assurance scheme which lets customers know to expect a certain standard when they visit. For us those standards are very high indeed. Staff were commended on the quality […]

The Scottish Open, Bovril, pies and new encounters- my first few months at JGC library

23/07/20152:48 pm05/08/2015 12:43 pmLeave a Comment

I started working in the Haddington library in April and have enjoyed a warm welcome from both staff and library visitors. I now recognise our regulars and can greet many of them by name and I enjoy how socially interactive and diverse this job is. Outside of all the positive interactions with our library visitors, […]

Best Days of Your Life?

23/07/201511:04 am19/10/2015 12:33 pmLeave a Comment

Between October 2015 and January 2016, the Archive and Local History Service at the John Gray Centre will be presenting a display on school life, aptly entitled ‘Best Days of Your Life?’.  This exhibition will chart the history of education in East Lothian from the early years and educational reform, through to school dinners and […]

East Lothian Food and Drink – a new display at the museum

20/07/20154:44 pm12/10/2015 3:53 pmLeave a Comment

The other week I blogged about our new displays in the museum, and featured the Communities case, which now has a beautiful display of clothes from those significant moments in our lives – birth, marriage and death. Now it’s the turn of our Industries display case, which used to feature the local textile mills, particularly Kilspindie. Now […]

East Lothian Holidays

17/07/20153:33 pmLeave a Comment

Early Medieval Pilgrims could be considered the first tourists to East Lothian. From as early as the 5th Century Christians travelled from Europe visiting Aberlady, North Berwick and Haddington. Landlords were obliged to give peasant labourers leave for holy pilgrimage. The word holiday originating from ‘Holy day’. Souvenirs took the form of badges, mementos from […]

Friends visit John Gray book collection at the NLS

The Friends of The John Gray Centre enjoyed their annual outing which took place on Monday 15 June and proved to be an inspiring visit to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. We have been offered an expertly talk on the extraordinary  John Gray books collection by Dr Anette Hagan, NLS Rare Books Curator. […]

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New displays at the museum

06/07/20155:07 pmLeave a Comment

Our permanent exhibition, ‘The Land, the Sea, the People’, features East Lothian’s past – how people lived here and what traces have been left in the landscape. We have displays on fishing, with interactive displays and beautiful oil paintings; farming, with handling objects and a dressing-up box (not just for kids!); a timeline showing East Lothian through […]

Family History Day 2015

Family History Day (29 August)

Who are we? And where did we come from? Join us on Family History Day, Saturday, 29 August, and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions! Launching this year’s Archaeology & Local History Fortnight (ELAF), our theme this year is all about how place, population and family […]