The Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project is interested in gathering in as many East Lothian voices and stories as we possibly can.  We are interested in everyday life and this includes just about everything you can think of: from the stories and games we heard as children, memories of schooldays, home life, domestic economy, shops and businesses, buildings, working life and leisure to  customs, traditions and superstitions. 

We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in our project. Why? Because, each one of us can contribute unique details to what we can know about a particular subject, place or time.   And so each person who contributes to the project will be helping to create a more nuanced and meaningful record of life and society in East Lothian. 

The interview session can be as long or as short as you chose.  Maybe you just want to talk about your recollections of watching fishermen landing their catch at Port Seton or maybe you want to record all you can about your life as an agricultural worker or shopkeeper.  Recording sessions can be as short as ten minutes or extend over several recording sessions.  We have found that each and every interview, no matter how short or long, how specific or general in theme, tells us something unique and enriches our collective knowledge.

Oral history is also a fun way to record, and then engage with, our shared history. All the interviews made during the Study will be available in full on this website for scholars, teachers and the East Lothian community to listen to, enjoy and learn from. The interviews will also be shared with our partners at the John Gray Centre in Haddington.

Would you like to take part?  If so, simply fill out the online form and we’ll get in touch with you. 

Once we hear from you, one of the team will be in touch to discuss your participation and to arrange for you to be interviewed by one of the team or a local volunteer.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic we collected reflections on individual experience from across Scotland, Ireland, Australia and the USA. Here are some of those reflections: