John Gray Centre

John Gray Centre
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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

Additional info

Adult Changing table & hoist within Disabled Toilet.
Audio Descriptive Guide of Museum.
Hearing Loop

The John Gray Centre hosts the Archives for East Lothian Council, has a local history library and a Museum that covers the entire history of the geographical area from the pre-historic up to the modern era.

Details of our collections can be found on our website and out fully searchable catalogue.

Collection details

Archives, Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Industry, Fine Art, Maritime, Land Transport, Law and Order, Literature, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Social History, Sport, Science and Technology, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, Archaeology, Architecture, Medicine, Aviation, Film and Media, Performing Arts, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Poster for Heads will Roll event, showing event details with cartoon of decapitated Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots - Heads will Roll

  • 5 September 2015 10-11:30am

Join Ruth (Queen Mary) for a lively morning of activities all about Scotland's famous queen.

Design a coat of arms so Mary knows if you are friend or foe, and help her crack the codes in secret letters.

Join the event on Facebook.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10




Image of School Children from West Barns School, circa 1900

School Days Remembered

  • 10 September 2015 10:30am-12pm

A panel of members from the Haddington Remembered Group will reminisce about their school days in and around East Lothian

Suitable for

  • Any age


John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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