Open the cream of Craigmillar’s history

Thistle Foundation archivist Kim Beasley says visitors may be surprised by the range of historical artefacts on display at the event
Archivist Kim Beasley says visitors may be surprised by the range of historical artefacts on display at the event

 

The Craigmillar-based charity, Thistle Foundation is this week opening its archives of photographs, newspapers and other historical material to the public as part of a UK-wide campaign.

The project organisers say the Craigmillar Presents project, which is being held at The White House on Niddrie Mains Road on 18 November, will give the history of Craigmillar the prominent place it deserves.

Publicity Officer for the Archives and Records Association Scotland, Kim Beasley, has been working on the project for the past six months.

She told Chronicle Online: “The archive will be collected, promoted and finally made accessible to the people of Craigmillar.

“It is the first time the archive will be open to the public in this way.

“What I’m most looking forward to will be hearing stories from people, and how people visiting the display will be able to talk about how much Craigmillar has changed.”

The archive contains material from all around Craigmillar, representing the history of its people, industries and charities.

It includes materials from the Craigmillar Festival Society, the Thistle Foundation as well as hundreds of photographs of people. Dozens of items from the vast archive will be on show at Wednesday’s event.

The Craigmillar Presents project is designed to allow people to examine what is held in specially chosen archive boxes to see “some of the treasures from Craigmillar’s history”.

Watch a full interview with Kim here:

Other events around Scotland as part of the campaign include local records of the impact of the First World War on communities in North Lanarkshire, an exploration of family history in Stirling Council’s archives, and an event in Inverness to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite Uprising.

This month’s events are part of the national Explore your Archive campaign.

You can contact Kim Beasley for more information at:

Kim.Beasley@thistle.org.uk

 

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