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A health resource - a builder of bridges and bonds. Older people are increasingly marginalised and excluded. Our archive has seen many seniors become actively involved, with some also moving onto activities offered by us. Furthermore, reminiscence has proven health benefits, particularly for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, both in its early and latter stages. To date, we have both transcribed and scanned reminiscences of former and current residents who have given extraordinary insights into the area from totally different perspectives. As a tool to bridge age divides when many feel they are widening, the archives have barely tapped, great potential.

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A SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE

Since the first exhibition (Craigmillar Then...) in July 2009, we have attracted great interest from people returning to the area to re-live old memories, and see what is happening. We've had ongoing interest from Canada, South Africa and Australia (and more). With a targeted marketing campaign, the archives can tap into the heritage memories of the Craigmillar Diaspora. With a permanent exhibition and physical presence, people can ensure that their holiday includes a visit to Craigmillar.

Many younger people seeing archive materials have been both surprised and delighted. But then so have most who encounter its huge range of images. A younger generation (whose health issues dominate political and social agendas) are surprised to see young men – fit, strong, participating in sport. Older people are delighted to see records that show how chic, how elegant their style was even when money was tight. Families under pressure draw strength from seeing the endurance of those who went before them.

In respect of the archive's potential, we are seeking partners who can ensure the archive’s development. In order to fulfil the hopes of many who have contacted us in relation to  the archives, we very much want to see the archives established somewhere that promotes and ensures:

PROGRESS AND POTENTIAL

EXHIBITIONS AND REACHING THE WIDER WORLD

SOCIAL CAPITAL for Craigmillar and its people

WHY THE CRAIGMILLAR ARCHIVES MATTER: THE HOPES OF THE CRAIGMILLAR ARCHIVES TRUST

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