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News from the Colinton Local History Society

The Society has not been idle during lockdown - apart from our very successful winter season of online talks, much work has been done in connection with the City of Edinburgh Council's commemoration of the 1920 expansion of the city, when Colinton became part of Edinburgh. A video, Colinton Then and Now, has been produced as part of the project, based on the research of Society members. 


We have received the following note from ReDrawing Edinburgh, inviting anybody with Colinton connections to contribute to the project:

Do you live in Cramond, Corstorphine, Colinton, Liberton or Leith? Or, have you lived there in the past?

We’d love to hear from you!

We are looking for pieces about what this area means to you. Is there a word that captures this place to you? Do you have any particular fond memories from growing up or living there?

Your piece can be a poem, a short essay, spoken word, or a song.

In collaboration with the community-led ReDrawing Edinburgh Project, Cinescapes are working on a multimedia installation to mark the centennial commemoration of the 1920 Edinburgh Boundaries Extension and Tramways Act which extended the boundaries of the city of Edinburgh. The city boundaries were extended in November 1920 to incorporate the Burgh of Leith in the north and the Midlothian parishes of Cramond, Corstorphine, Colinton, and Liberton to the west and south of the city. 

This multimedia installation will showcase an anthology of images, words and music that celebrate the identities of these areas over the past 100 years since their amalgamation into Edinburgh.

If you’d like to be part of the soundscape for this exhibition, send us your piece.

  • You can send a written text, an audio recording or a video of your BSL-signed piece.
  • For written pieces we’re looking for 50-100 words
  • For recordings or videos, the limit is 2 minutes.

Please send in your submission to redrawingedinburgh@gmail.com by the 23rd of April, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email us at redrawingedinburgh@gmail.com

We are always very happy to welome new members to the Society. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with us via our Contact page.

A selection of images from our archive