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Morningside Memories

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A little while ago, we said to ourselves “Wouldn’t it be nice to get Scran off the computer screen and into the real world?”, and thanks to our friends at Morningside Library in Edinburgh, we’ve done just that.

Poster for Scran exhibitionThe staff at the library kindly allowed us to use their Charles Smith Room, located upstairs at the branch and usually filled by exhibitions by local artists. In it, we’ve hung 19 prints of Scran images of the local area from the archives of the National Museums of Scotland, The Scotsman and RCAHMS. These date from 1915 to 1979, and depict a bygone age when trams were still drawn by horses, kindly lollipop men helped children across busy junctions and Morningside Station was still a regular stop on the Edinburgh Suburban line. We worked with Bruntsfield Primary school and the Open Door Centre to choose some of the images, as well as the library staff themselves. The exhibition is free, and finishes on October 30th 2015.

All library card holders in Edinburgh can access Scran for free, 24/7, as can residents of 24 out of 32 local authorities in Scotland, and we hope to repeat this at other branch libraries throughout the country, with local residents and schools helping to choose their favourite local images. If you’re a school, library or community centre and you’re interested in hosting a similar exhibition showcasing your local area, then contact us.

Image: ©The Scotsman Publications Ltd. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk

 

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  1. Looks fascinating; I re-visited my primary school (Bruntsfield) recently and received a wonderful welcome from Ms Barlowe and a group of pupils who helped me look back at original class photos. She even found the entry for the day I was admitted as a 5 year old along with many friends from Horne Terrace, Thistle Place and Viewforth. Hope the school’s historical records are being digitalised folr posterity.

  2. Hi Brian,

    If you can get along, you definitely should. There are a couple of pics from Bruntsfield Primary on display: http://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-000-537-997-C and http://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-000-053-093.

    You can see other images of the school at http://www.scran.ac.uk/s/bruntsfield+primary

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