John Gray Centre

John Gray Centre

The John Gray Centre Museum is located on the first floor of the Centre. This 5-star museum tells the story of East Lothian from its earliest settlers to present-day communities. Explore the land, the sea and the people of this historic region through our film, audio guides, activity sheets and handling objects. The Centre also contains the Haddington branch library and East Lothian Archives and Local History Centre.

Venue Type:

Library, Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, 1pm–4pm
Museum closed Wednesday and Thursday from 1 October to 31 March. For opening hours for library, archive and local history centre, see

Admission charges

Free entry

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A cartoon depicting a black tree outline.  Either side of its base is a drawing of an old man and woman.  Upon each branch of the tree are four cartoons of boys and girls. These are a variety of shapes, sizes and ethnicities. On the top left branch of the tree are a young couple in wedding attire. Scattered amongst the branches are flowers. The image has no real colour, only black outlines and cream colouring over the cartoon people.

Family History Day 2015

  • 29 August 2015 10:10am-3:50pm

Launching this year’s Archaeology & Local History Fortnight (ELAF), our theme this year is all about how place, population and family are linked. This year we have speakers from Scottish Place-Names Society discussing Scotland’s Placenames, Alistair Moffat on Scotland’s Ancestral DNA, and Theresa Breslin on her WWI novels Ghost Soldier and Remembrance.

There are also three workshops on different aspects of family history research, showing some of the essential resources available; archive treasures, online research help (including free ScotlandsPeople access) and interactive storytelling, crafts and a mystery coded trail for children!

Suitable for

  • Any age


There’s no need to book onto the talks, but places are limited for the workshops and ScotlandsPeople sessions so please contact us to book them in advance: email or phone 01620 820 680

John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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