Please note: due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the Centre is currently closed, but our website is still open for business.

Treasures of the John Gray Centre


Did you know we hold original letters signed by Mary Queen of Scots? Would you believe that we have an official charter sealed by Robert the Bruce, from 1318? Or a burial urn dating back to the Bronze Age? These are just a few of the treasures from East Lothian’s past, held at the John Gray Centre for you to view.

Take a tour of our treasures! You can arrange a booking for a group tour, or take an online tour right now!

Bronze Age Beaker

Treasures from the Museum


Treasures from the Archives

Fisherrow School

Treasures from Local History

Alternatively, you can book a group visit for a Treasure Tour! Come and see some of the extraordinary, unique and special items we look after – this is your chance to find out more, and ask us questions! Treasure tours can be tailored for any interest or age, and can be adapted for groups with special access needs.

The (non-virtual) tours last about one hour, with the option of refreshments afterwards for a small fee – depending on availability of the Star Room. Minimum number of participants: 5; maximum: 15.

If you wish to explore a topic of particular interest, please let us know when booking so that we can prepare a rewarding bespoke visit! We need a minimum of three weeks’ notice to make arrangements.

Booking is essential: please call 01620 820 695 or email [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Treasures of the John Gray Centre”

  1. fitza says:

    Hello. There is currently no need to book – although if you wish to use the microfilm printers these can be in demand. If there are any changes to our opening times they will be published on our website so please check closer to the time.

    If there are any specifics that you would like us to look into ahead of your arrival we offer a limited free enquiry service (up to 15 minutes) or a more intensive paid research service. If you wish to investigate these options further please email us at [email protected]. Otherwise we will see you in June!

  2. Beth Nelson says:

    We are travelling from Australia and will be in Haddington on the 9 & 10 June. I would like to follow up my Young family. George, born 19 April 1776 was the Blacksmith in Lodge St, Haddington, “who reared a large family of sons”From Reminiscences of the Royal Burgh”, dated 1803. His son Alexander born 12 May 1814, Athelstaneford is my G.G. Grandfather. Alexander’s daughter, Elizabeth Richardson Young emigrated to Australia in 1871, & died in Brisbane, Queensland 23 Jan 1902. I would like any information on George Young (1776)and his wife, Elizabeth Richardson, born Dec 1789 Eyemouth, Berwickshire; George and Elizabeth’s family, especially son Alexander and his wife Janet Landels, born 1819, Abbymains; and Alexander and Janet’s 6 children which includes my G Grandmother. Do I need to book some time on Friday, 9th June to follow my family up? With thanks. Looking forward to our visit. Beth N

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