Prestongrange is opening for 2011 season!

Just wanted to post a quick blog to let everyone know that after a winter of refurbishment and replenishment, Prestongrange Museum is opening up again.

Open from 11.30 to 4.30 every day, you’ll find all the favourites there, including the  rare Hoffman Kiln (built in 1937) and the Cornish Beam Engine, unique in Scotland as the only beam engine still on the site where it worked.

Cornish Beam Engine, Prestongrange

Cornish Beam Engine, Prestongrange

Did you know that the museum is on the site of a sixteenth-century harbour, a seventeenth-century glass works, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century potteries and a nineteenth/twentieth-century coal mine and brick works? Remnants of these former industries can still be seen, and many of the structures are still intact. We have audio tours to guide you round the site, and there’s also an exhibition about the various industries it was once home to. As if that’s not enough, there’s also a really good café and children’s area – it’s all very family friendly, so do come along! Here’s some info on how to find us.

We now have an extra Facebook page and Twitter stream (@HelenJGC) where you can find out more about what’s going on, so on top of the East Lothian Museums Facebook page, there’s a brand new page for the John Gray Centre! Hope to meet you there.

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