The area is being redeveloped, yet to date, EH16 and its environs have suffered from
negative press, gaining a reputation which is neither wholly deserved, nor wholly
justified. The archives offers a view on the area which has seldom generated press
enjoyment of life
sporting and academic achievement
a community at rest and play.
In short, a formidable social history that belies much of the negative press.
PRIDE AND INTEREST
In the area; the community; its history and people. In less than a year we have achieved
unprecedented visitor numbers. (Several museums and galleries in the city centre
have asked us how we achieved this in a place 'like Craigmillar' with its ‘notorious'
AN ATTRACTION We have been both surprised and delighted at how far people were prepared
to travel to visit our shows and at how far flung were some sources of interest.All
of which highlights the extent to which historically, the early ambitions of the
area, in respect of improved social housing, had succeeded. People have used the
Craigmillar of yesteryear as a stable, secure launching pad for a Diaspora which
has proven to be global in scale.All of which highlights the extent to which historically,
the early ambitions of the area, in respect of improved social housing, had succeeded.
People have used the Craigmillar of yesteryear as a stable, secure launching pad
for a Diaspora which has proven to be global in scale.
AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL Local schools have been keen and amongst the first to engage
with and contribute to the archives. In return, we have responded and welcomed the
input and records the schools have offered. As schools close, merge, change – they
too recognise the importance and significance of maintaining this vital social-history
record. The Archive has already contributed significantly to the capacities of Curriculum
for Excellence in local primary schools, particularly in relation to the development
of responsible citizenship.
THE FUTURE for the Craigmillar Archives The archives are at a crucial juncture. To
date, with VAF seed monies, we have been able to develop a little of its potential,
while ensuring necessary administration and maintenance. Our vision is ambitious
and with the right backing has the potential to work on several levels.
Craigmillar Archives Trust - hopes and ideas
Below we offer a few reasons why we think the Craigmillar Community Archives matter
and what we hope for their future. We are always interested in hearing from you and
welcome your opinions into ways forward. Please: