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 […]

At the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month…

06/11/20155:19 pm14/01/2016 6:04 pmLeave a Comment

Armistice Day.  As we set to see this day come around again, those two words bring ideas of hope, peace, and remembrance.  In times past, those who lived through the Great War probably could never fathom those words during the long, desperate years of struggle.  When that day finally came, what happened to the people […]

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 […]

Cats in the Collection: A Look at Felines in East Lothian

05/06/201511:00 am02/06/2015 3:01 pmLeave a Comment

Cats have been part of human lives for thousands of years.  Originally, they were domesticated as an easy means of pest control.  It is thought that a discovery of a burial in Cypress from 7,500 BCE which includes a human with a cat (cats were not native), is currently the first known instance of domestication […]

Remembering World War One

03/12/201412:57 pm08/12/2014 5:21 pmLeave a Comment

On Sunday the temporary exhibition at the John Gray Centre finished. It had looked at the impact of the First World War on those living in East Lothian – both those who went to war, and those left behind. Over the last couple of months I have been involved in a number of WWI-related activities […]

Family History Day 2014

03/09/20141:19 pm30/09/2014 4:05 pmLeave a Comment

   The third ‘Family History Day’ organised by the John Gray Centre was celebrated by hundreds of locals and visitors from beyond the county last Saturday (30 August 2014) as part of East Lothian Council’s annual Local History and Archaeology Fortnight. It proved a perfect day for many families to commemorate the 100th anniversary of […]

Mod-winner heads to Benbecula to sing at WW1 commemorative event

20/08/20144:22 pm18/08/2014 4:23 pmLeave a Comment

We are very proud of our colleague Rena Gertz, who is based in our office at the John Gray Centre and answers our innumerable questions about data protection! She is East Lothian Council’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information Compliance Officer, but in her ‘other life’, she is also an in-demand singer of traditional Scottish […]

War graves and researching your WW1 ancestors – a guest blog by ‘WDYTYA?’ researcher Ruth Boreham

18/08/201411:24 am18/08/2014 12:45 pmLeave a Comment

A hundred years ago Britain was three weeks into the First World War. The war that was to end all wars, and be over by Christmas. It is hard to understand that optimism with the hindsight we have, but it was truly believed that it would only last a few months. But this war was very […]

Family History Day soldier crop

Codes, rats and war … at Family History Day

07/07/20148:38 am30/07/2014 4:53 pmLeave a Comment

Pack up your kit bags and join storytellers Angie Townsend and Nicola Wright for an action-packed World War One Family History Day. Hear the story of an ordinary family who went to war and learn how to trace your own family’s experience of that brutal conflict. Are you fit for war? Can you deliver a […]

The Remains of War – East Lothian during World Wars I and II

30/10/20121:46 pm08/11/2012 11:06 amLeave a Comment

East Lothian held an important strategic position in both the First and Second World Wars in Britain.  Its location along the Forth and next to Edinburgh meant that it played a key defensive role by both sea and air.  Many sites can still be seen and offer visible reminders of the impact of war on […]