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 […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January: remembered by a Knox Academy pupil

27/01/20152:17 pm18/01/2015 1:00 pmLeave a Comment

Sadly, this year we haven’t been able to hold another event for Holocaust Memorial Day, but last year pupils from Knox Academy came and met Stephen Brent, a Haddington resident who came to Scotland as a boy, on the Kindertransport. We thought we’d re-post the account of the event written by Grant Campbell, one of […]

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 […]

The Worst Journey in the World

18/03/20141:13 pm26/05/2014 2:20 pmLeave a Comment

On 14th May 1926, Alexander Gibson Wilson was born in Gardener’s Close, Cockenzie.   As a child he remembers visiting the cruiser HMS Orion sometime in the mid 1930s.  A boat took visitors from Port Seton to join the ship for a tour.  The tour had a great impact on him and so began the great […]

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Museum activities for adults with extra needs

01/10/20131:20 pm13/05/2014 11:23 amLeave a Comment

This summer we held two days for adults with extra needs. Learning from the National Galleries of Scotland that just because people may no longer be able to see, or can’t see very well, that doesn’t diminish their enjoyment of art, history, and making things, we offered an audio-described guided tour of the museum in […]

Appeal for help: seeking families of fallen Black Watch soldiers (WW2)

14/05/201311:54 amLeave a Comment

On 28th/29th August 1944 in Normandy six Black Watch comrades serving with the 5th Black Watch in the 51st Highland Division, were killed while leading the forces into battle. Many others were wounded. On 1st June 2013, almost 70 years later, those soldiers are to be honoured by the unveiling of a monument in the […]

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 […]

Let the Sky Fall – James Bond in the JGC Archive

26/10/201211:19 am08/11/2012 11:20 amLeave a Comment

The Archives team have decided to celebrate the release of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film to reach the big screen, by unveiling our very own MI5/MI6 collection.  We can’t promise fast cars and martinis but we do have spies, radars and plenty of subterfuge! We were lucky enough to recently receive a collection of […]