For those of you who are interested in local history and heritage, we are pleased to introduce the Morningside Heritage Association (MHA).
The Association, which was founded in 1982 by the late Charles Smith, author of several books on Morningside and South Edinburgh, has a range of opportunities for you to participate in. Between October and April we run a programme of talks, evening events and ‘conversations’ in the Old Schoolhouse, 140 Morningside Road (across the road from Waitrose), and in the summer we organise a range of events and visits.
The MHA has also published 2 volumes of “Morningside Memories” – which provide a fascinating insight to life in and around Morningside in the 1940s and 1950s through the experiences of the generation of our neighbours who grew up in the area at that time. Copies of both volumes can be found in the ‘local’ section at Morningside Library.
In 2006 we organised the first Festival for Morningside – a four-day event which included poetry-reading and storytelling, an art exhibition, guided walks, a ceilidh, a craft market and a play based on the second of two volumes of Memories published by the MHA. The second Festival, this year, marked our Silver Jubilee and again we ran a highly successful children’s art competition, a ceilidh, guided walks, a treasure hunt and a greatly expanded street market which was blessed by one of the few sunny days last summer and attracted a large number of visitors. Plans are already under way for next year’s Festival, which will run on Saturday 4 October 2008; its theme is family and community. We are also developing plans for 2009, the Year of Homecoming.
If you would like to know more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0131 446 0248 any evening.
Please also see the 702Gazette local events pages which contain details of the MHA’s current winter events.