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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Last of the Hepburns of Smeaton Hepburn

  • 16 June 2018 — 31 December 2019 *on now

This fascinating exhibition at the John Gray Centre Museum explores the history of this East Lothian family and their links to local and national affairs including the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, politics, horticulture, agricultural reform, law and land management. Highlights include paintings and rare objects. A programme of lectures exploring key themes will be staged throughout the display. To find out more call into the Museum and check our website

Suitable for

  • Any age


Raise Your Glass John Gray Centre

Raise Your Glass!

  • 19 January — 23 April 2019 *on now

Explore Haddington’s proud brewing tradition dating back to at least 1568 as well as the malting and distilling that took place in the town. Highlights include bottles, barrels, coopering tools and photographs exploring the production of beers and ales in Haddington and further afield. Organised by Brewing Heritage Scotland in partnership with East Lothian Council.

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.
Wiktor and Zula

Film Appreciation Club Febuary 2019 Screening-Theme:Love

  • 7 February 2019 6:30-8:30pm

The JGC Film Appreciation Club will have its first screening for this year, in February, highlighting the theme of love!
Our first film for the year is a much-talked about masterpiece. Shot in gorgeous monochrome, this passionate story, from an eminent and award-winning Polish film director, focuses on a turbulent, whirlwind romance between two musicians, Wiktor and Zula, from different backgrounds and with contrasting temperaments, are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set during the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris this critically acclaimed film depicts an impossible love story in a divided post-war Europe.
Our licence to show films prohibits us from naming the films online, so do look out for our PROMOTIONAL POSTERS around Haddington or at your local branch library. Find our full, DETAILED PROGRAMME (with titles) at any East Lothian library or museum, or check the JGC Facebook events page for more information. You can also have your email address added to our distribution list and receive reminders about upcoming films straight to your inbox – please ask a member of JGC staff or email directly to
Screenings are usually on a THURSDAY evening in the STAR ROOM. Doors open at 6.00 pm and the film starts at 6.30 pm.
For a MEMBERSHIP FEE of £15 per annum, you will be able to watch eight selected films from across the world and enjoy vibrant discussion that will enhance your understanding of the elements that shape cinema as we know it today. Membership allows you free entry to all JGC Film Appreciation Club screenings. Screenings are also open to NON-MEMBERS for a DONATION of £3.50 towards costs. There will be light refreshments, and film researcher Dr Hanita Ritchie of the Local History Department will provide hand-outs and lead the film discussion.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


  • Polish (with English subtitles)


Star Room, John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian


£15 annual membership (free entry to all Club screenings) OR £3.50 donation towards costs per entry


Prof. Alice Roberts

An Evening With Alice Roberts:Digging Into Britain's Past (in association with East Lothian Library Service)

  • 21 February 2019 From 7:30pm

Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. Alice joined Time Team as a bone expert before going on to present anthropology and archaeology stories on BBC Two’s immensely popular Coast series and co-presenting The Celts in 2015.
Alice has presented seven series of Digging for Britain, sharing new archaeological discoveries from across the UK on BBC Four, and she has explored the history of our towns and cities in Britain’s Most Historic Towns on Channel 4 - which will be back with a second series in 2019. She has written eight popular science and archaeology books, including The Celts and Tamed: Ten species that changed our world.
In this exclusive tour, Alice will share insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her personal journey to explore Britain’s past, with footage from her programmes and excerpts from her books. Each show will finish with 20 minutes Q&A.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


The Brunton
Venue 1
Ladywell Way
East Lothian
EH21 6AA

Getting there

Your visit:
The Theatre and Venue 1 have steeply raked seating with a flat stage and clear sight lines. Our Box Office staff are on hand to help you choose the most suitable seats for you.
Getting Here:
Getting to The Brunton is easy. We are located on the main road to Edinburgh with adjacent car parking, bus stop and taxi rank. The Musselburgh train station is about a 20 minute walk away.
Address:The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6AA

Additional info

Parking and loading restrictions: Free and convenient parking behind the building
Disabled spaces at front and rear of building
•Ramped access into theatre foyer
•Lift access to Venue 1 and 2
•3 wheelchair spaces plus 3 escort seats with lift access in the Theatre,
•4 wheelchair spaces plus 4 escort seats in Venue 1. No fixed seating in Venue 2.
•Theatre: Several rows accessed via lift with no, or minimal stairs to encounter on east access side.
•Audio description and BSL interpretation for selected performances.
For more information on accessibility at the brunton please view our accessibility page.


£15.40 - £17.60 (includes booking fee)


John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
East Lothian
EH41 3DX




01620 820690

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