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Jewel Miners Gala day

RE-BRAND

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  Interest:

In short, a formidable social history that belies much of the negative press.

schoolboys Craigmillar

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' reputation.)

family back green Craigmillar old woman and neighbourhood worker Craigmillar

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.

baby in back green Craigmillar

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:

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