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 www.johngraycentre.org.

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.
http://www.johngraycentre.org/collections/

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 www.johngraycentre.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.johngraycentre.org

Traprain Hoard

Treasures from the Hoard

  • 11 May — 27 October 2019 *on now

A stunning new exhibition featuring many iconic pieces from the spectacular hoard of Traprain Treasure found on Traprain Law 100 years ago. This is the first time the internationally significant silver has been displayed in East Lothian since its discovery during a routine archaeological excavation.

The Traprain Treasure is the largest hoard of late Roman ‘hacksilver’ found anywhere in Europe. It consists of fragments from over 250 silver objects, that were found buried in a pit within a hill fort during an archaeological excavation. The hoard was buried more than 1,500 years ago, around AD 450.

The Treasures from the Hoard exhibition takes over the first gallery of the museum, involving a total revamp of the gallery and features real and replica objects. A programme of talks and events will take place to mark the centenary, both in East Lothian and at the National Museum of Scotland. The exhibition is supported by loans from National Museums Scotland and private lenders, with financial support from Museums Galleries Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre Exhibition

Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre Exhibition

  • 29 June — 11 September 2019 *on now

Come and see the work of the tutors who offer classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, spinning, weaving, upholstery, glass, pottery, clay portraiture, basket making and woodcarving.

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.
Film noir

Film Appreciation Club November Noir

  • 7 November 2019 6:30-8:30pm

The Club's November treat will be a classic Hollywood film noir from the 1950s.
When a washed-up screenwriter becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbour with her own troubled past. This is one of the greatest films of the 1950s – a brilliant mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama presenting a very well known actor in the main role in a revelatory, vulnerable performance.
Our licence to show films prohibits us from naming the films online, so do look out for our PROMOTIONAL POSTERS outside Haddington Library or at your local branch library. Find our full, DETAILED PROGRAMME (with titles) at any East Lothian library, or check the JGC Facebook events page for more information.
There will be light refreshments and an informal post screening film discussion. Doors open at 6 pm and screening starts at 6.30pm.
SO COME AND JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF VISUAL PLEASURES AND VIBRANT DISCUSSION!
Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Louvre

Film Appreciation Club September Screening - Theme: Art

  • 5 September 2019 6:30-8:30pm

The Club's fifth screening for this year, after our summer hiatus, highlights the theme of ART!
The film chosen is a set in 1940. A museum director and a German officer work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis. This is a sophisticated and complex film weaving newsreel footage with eerie floating images above Paris and dramatised fantasy scenes. The director has created an absorbing meditation on art, history and the role of the museum in conserving art and promoting the idea of what it means to be human.
Our licence to show films prohibits us from naming the films online, so do look out for our PROMOTIONAL POSTERS outside Haddington Library or at your local branch library. Find our full, DETAILED PROGRAMME (with titles) at any East Lothian library, or check the JGC Facebook events page for more information.
There will be light refreshments and an informal post screening film discussion
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM; SCREENING STARTS AT 6.30PM
SO COME AND JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF VISUAL PLEASURES AND VIBRANT DISCUSSION!
Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Languages

  • French with English subtitles

Admission

Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Bass Rock sunrise

The East Lothian Question: Ancient sites and Archaeoastronomy

  • 11 September 2019 12:30-1:30pm

East Lothian has more than its share of prehistoric sites. Many of these sites have an intriguing story, with secrets lost for millennia. Without lifting a spade, these secrets are there to be found if you know how to look.

Join Frank Harkness for a fascinating look at ancient sites and archaeoastronomy.
Light lunch provided.

Free but booking required. Email history@eastlothian.gov.uk

Part of East Lothian Archives Lunchtime Talk series

Immigrant teacher

Film Appreciation Club October Screening - Theme: Immigrant

  • 3 October 2019 6:30-8:30pm

The Club's sixth screening for this year highlights the controversial theme of IMMIGRANT.
The film we are screening is about a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant who offers a Montreal middle school his services as a substitute teacher when the school is shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This poignant story takes us through a breadth of human experience that makes the film unforgettable.
Our licence to show films prohibits us from naming the films online, so do look out for our PROMOTIONAL POSTERS outside Haddington Library or at your local branch library. Find our full, DETAILED PROGRAMME (with titles) at any East Lothian library, or check the JGC Facebook events page for more information.
There will be light refreshments and an informal post screening film discussion. Doors open at 6 pm and screening starts at 6.30pm.
SO COME AND JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF VISUAL PLEASURES AND VIBRANT DISCUSSION!
Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Languages

  • Canadian French with English subtitles

Admission

Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

christmas

Film Appreciation Club Festive Screening - Theme: Celebration

  • 5 December 2019 6:30-9pm

The Club's final screening for this year has a festive feel and highlights the theme of CELEBRATION.
The film stars a legendary French actress in the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. This simple family reunion, however, brings up unrequited childhood loves, blinding grudges, and sudden slapstick – all together in a marvellously messy package.
Our licence to show films prohibits us from naming the films online, so do look out for our PROMOTIONAL POSTERS outside Haddington Library or at your local branch library. Find our full, DETAILED PROGRAMME (with titles) at any East Lothian library, or check the JGC Facebook events page for more information.
There will be light refreshments and an informal post screening film discussion. Doors open at 6 pm and screening starts at 6.30pm.
SO COME AND JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF VISUAL PLEASURES AND VIBRANT DISCUSSION!
Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Languages

  • French with English subtitles

Admission

Free entry for Club members (£15 per annum)
£3.50 donation for non-members
£1.00 donation for East Lothian Council staff

John Gray Centre
15 Lodge Street
Haddington
East Lothian
EH41 3DX
Scotland

Website

http://www.johngraycentre.org

E-mail

jgc@eastlothian.gov.uk

Telephone

01620 820690

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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