Delve into archives at new centre

A NEW archive and museum in East Lothian has opened its doors to the public following a £7 million construction project.

The John Gray Centre in Haddington has seen the restoration of four historic buildings – a former pub, bank, hotel and grain store – into a state-of-the-art community facility.

Visitors can delve into East Lothian’s heritage or find resources, including images and maps, to help at school or in studies. There is also a lively community and outreach programme both at the centre and around the region.

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The museum hosts exhibits from across the county and displays objects from its store which have been unseen for years.

Provost Sheena Richardson, who officially opened the centre’s Star Room, a community facility, said: “The John Gray Centre’s key location in the centre of Haddington is important for local communities and a central focus for visitors.

“It’s great to have a significant public building contributing to economic and social regeneration.”

The project was funded by East Lothian Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.