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Craigmillar Archives Trust Chairperson - Angus Espie Meechan
Originally from Gilmerton, Gus lived in Brighton for 10 years, but 25 years ago came to Craigmillar. Open University educated, Gus is a committed and experienced Community Development Worker. With project management and organisational skills gained in the voluntary sector, Gus's abilities in communication, presentation, negotiation and networking have been tested in a variety of roles.  A sound team player with strengths in monitoring,
analysis, I.T. and reporting, Gus’s skills and experience are now engaged with broader business-related and community public artwork.  Gus's art is well-documented and he is completely committed to the Archives Trust as its first Chairperson.
Learn more about Gus’s community art projects  >>

Rachael Bell - Trustee
Born in Canongate, raised in Craigmillar/Niddrie, Rachael - a musician -  lived here until she married.  Although now living in Leith, Rachael’s history in Craigmillar is rooted in her involvement with  70s Community Musicals. As a former resident she has provided invaluable help to the Team, identifying places, people and times in hundreds of Archive pictures. With her knowledge of the EH16 and EH15 community, Rachael is an excellent asset .  Being a Trustee, says Rachael, is a privilege and a duty she is happy to take on.

See some examples of Old Musicals and shows   >>


All our trustees give of their time because they are committed to ensuring the future of the archives. For this we offer thanks and appreciation. However, others also help and contribute - whether by donating materials, identifying images, supporting C.A.T., helping with events and exhibitions, or by donating resources. Read who’s helped to date and let us know if you can help in any way whatsoever. The best way is to join...OR buy some of our sensational souvenirs and mementos.

Kevin Henderson - Trustee
Although born in Hay Road, Kevin and his family moved out of the area. However, contact with Craigmillar continued through his mother, Irene Henderson's work at Richmond Church and in the local community drama group.  When Kevin was old enough, he too got involved in community theatre, mainly backstage, although he has been known to tread the boards.  Now a  driver for Lothian Buses, between August 1997 and March 2001, Kevin ran a  Korean Karate class at the Jack Kane Centre. Kevin was keen to get involved in the Archives as a Trustee of our Community's Archive and rich heritage.

Paul Hudson - Trustee
A chartered librarian who has 14 years experience working in library services in both the public and voluntary sector, Paul worked for 3 years at  Greater Easterhouse Youth library and helped to deliver a Libraries4Youth at Craigmillar library. With a strong interest in delivering library services for young people, from 2003 to 2010, Paul was Team Leader at Craigmillar library and still takes an active interest in the local community. Craigmillar library has its own unique local history and through this Paul learned about the area's history and was both amazed and impressed by the unique contribution Craigmillar has made over the years to Community Arts. Paul firmly believes that the heritage and history of a community provides an essential part of a community's identity. 'Knowing where we came from, helps us to know where we are going. It is very important that heritage and history is recorded and kept in trust for the whole community. This is why I have always taken an interest in the development of a Craigmillar Community Archive and why I am honoured to be asked to become a Trustee of the Craigmillar Archives Trust using my experience in Libraries and Community work to the benefit of the Trust.'

Lawrence Kivlin - Trustee
Born and brought up in  the Craigmillar area, Lawrence Kivlin lived  there until he was 21. He has been involved in a number of community  drama shows over the years including Musicals, Pantomimes, Festival Fringe shows and the Children’s Circus. He has worked for financial institutions in Edinburgh as an IT consultant and for the last 5 years specialises in IT security.  Lawrence committed myself to the Archives Project from Day One, bringing his knowledge of Craigmillar to many of the photos of places and people.  His IT skills are being put to use for Archive benefits.

Billy McKirdy - Trustee
Billy moved to Niddrie from Piershill in 1984 and soon found himself getting involved with the Craigmillar Festival Society and the drama group, performing onstage with many new friends. For a year, he was also vice-chair of the CFS Arts Executive. In 1997, he began a two year distance learning course with Barnet College, acquiring an HNC in Public Arts Project Management. He also began learning about computers and digital editing, archiving his personal collection of photos and videos. This led him to the Community Archive where he has worked on digitising and scanning documents and photographs.  See some of Billy’s work to date  >>

Grace Pow - Trustee
Grace has lived in Craigmillar for 25 years in which time she has proved to be an active member of the community. Working at the Craigmillar Chronicle (formerly the Craigmillar Festival News) as a photographer and reporter, gaining a wide circle of friends, Grace moved on to studying art at college. Already a widely exhibited and published artist and illustrator, with a love of photography, the archives hold a special interest.   She is pleased and proud to see  the archives being preserved to create a fantastic legacy for the future generations of the Greater Craigmillar area.
See some of Grace’s Work inspired by the Archive >>

Mark Robertson - Trustee
For over 10 years, Mark has worked as an Adult Guidance Worker in Craigmillar and for organisations including Craigmillar Adult Learning Advice Centre;The Learning Centre; Adult Student Link and Adult Learning Link. He is the sole professional Careers Adviser to be seconded to Community Learning & Development in Edinburgh & the Lothians. His remit includes developing a diverse range of adult learning opportunities. A passionate advocate of lifelong learning, Mark started his higher education by going to university at 45. He is currently studying for his second postgraduate qualification.  Learn more about Adult Learning Link  >>

Andrew Wanstall - Trustee
Brought up in the prefabs of Greendykes between 1948-58, Andrew attended Peffermill and Niddrie-Marischal schools, Richmond Church’s 28th Boy’s Brigade and the Youth Fellowship. As a schoolboy, he was a “paper-boy” for Mr Densley in Greendykes and a “roll boy” working for Redbraes Bakery at Restalrig. Formerly a joiner, Andy  joined the Police Force, serving at various stations including Portobello and Craigmillar. His hobbies are, History, Genealogy, Photography, Sport, Music and Computing.  Andrew conducts research projects for the Archives.

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Sadly 2013 saw some major changes with the deaths  2 of  our most valued and loved  Trustees - Sandra George and Andrew Weddell. Both will be sadly missed. Sandra, a keen photographer, who worked extensively with the youth of the area, will have her work live on through the Archives. She bequeathed the Archives many pictures from both her own work and projects she worked on. Andrew Weddell was one of our first contributors and supporters. Not only did he keenly spread the word about the Archives, but weekly he could be relied on to be off seeking information, digging up facts and discovering new images, people and all the general stuff that makes the Archive belong to the people of Craigmillar.

Read about the sort of help Andrew gave and which you too could give  >>

PLEASE NOTE: due to the ill health of several key volunteers and the sad deaths of 2 Trustees, this is the current list of Trustees. In January 2014, a meeting will be held where new Trustees will be brought in. If you know of anyone interested in taking on this role, please let us know