Newhaven Community Project update, January 2018

(adapted from an email from NCP)

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Handling box project

This project begins later this month. 46 children from Victoria Primary School will visit the Living Memory Association and be introduced to the importance of reminiscence. Between February and April the children will be having conversations with local older people about our three themes, Fishing and Fishwives, Victoria Primary School and Newhaven, and Newhaven during wartime.To help to ensure future generations of children can understand and enjoy talking about Newhaven heritage we are going to ask everyone who takes part to choose objects that reflect the conversations they have had. These will be included in the three themed handling or memory boxes (actually they will be in the form of fishwives ‘pockets’) These resources can continue to be used by pupils in years to come.

We will also be creating a fourth ‘pocket’ that will be available for use by families, carers, community groups who would like ‘prompts’ to unlocking memories.

We will aim to have all the resources created on show at the Newhaven Gala Day.

Digitisation of Victoria School rolls and log books, 1870 – 1917

School log books and registers from schools across the City have been lodged by Edinburgh Archives. These unique documents giving an insight into daily life at schools as well as means of tracing family ancestors are only available to view by visiting the archives. It is therefore difficult for communities in general to benefit from the richness of experience and understanding of local social history the documents offer.We are working in partnership with the History of Education Centre and Edinburgh archives to ensure these archives are able to be easily accessed by individuals and communities from around the world.
We will be looking for volunteers to help with data entry. (More details to follow soon.)

Newhaven Community garden is looking for more volunteers.

We have a small team who are looking after the various plots around Newhaven Main St. We need help ranging from dealing with bindweed in one plot – we have funding for membrane to cover the area but need help in laying it, to regular watering of planters and pots in the summer. We are also aim to grow more cut flowers to share locally. Please contact

Proposed mural Newhaven Main St.

We are holding an exhibition in the Anchor Building at Victoria PS on Sat Feb 24th from 2 – 3 pm. Posters are in the process of being produced. The exhibition will display work of students from Edinburgh College who did a mural project last year based on Newhaven. It is in the form of panels and is the approach we would like to take. The project will be an intergenerational one between children from Victoria PS and members of the local community, led by a professional artist with the help of art students. We will be consulting on the principle and recruiting for people who would like to take part

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