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'Never Give Up': A Community History of North Edinburgh
Scran launches a new online exhibition.
Never Give Up: A Community History of North Edinburgh, has been created in collaboration with North Edinburgh Social History Group (NESHG), bringing together material from the NESHG archives and existing Scran material. NESHG have been actively involved in the North Edinburgh community for over 30 years. They established a Social History Project in March 2009 with the aim of researching, recording and promoting the history of their area. They explored its development over the 20th century and the contribution made by local people in bringing about better housing conditions, services, facilities and general improvements to the area.
The online exhibition provides an insight into the hidden history of North Edinburgh and its proud tradition of community activism. It focuses on the role of ordinary people in transforming one of Edinburgh's first peripheral housing areas into a strong community during the austerity of the Post-War years. It shows how North Edinburgh has produced successive generations of activists who have challenged local and national policies to create a better place to live. This is a story of the struggle for social justice and a community who simply refuse to give up.
Material in the exhibition is being used to support Curriculum for Excellence in a local high school. Teachers plan to use it to support a local heritage strand of an upcoming interdisciplinary project. Members of the Social History Group have also delivered a workshop to students at the school to share their experiences of living in the community.
Never Give Up will be officially launched at North Edinburgh Arts on Saturday 21st April.
hlf, 19th April, 2012