Since summer 2016 I have been working on the Saughton Park Restoration Project, as a project worker with the Living Memory Association.
As part of the multi-million pound restoration project (which you can read more about here), the social history is being explored and documented. Volunteers have been researching the park’s long and fascinating history, recording people’s memories and collecting images.
Some great memories have been recorded so far, including playing in the park as a kid and rumours of the old house, Saughton Hall, being haunted; the Parkie keeping order; romantic walks in the rose garden; dancing to music at the bandstand; and collecting fish in jam jars from the Water of Leith, on the south side of the park.
For the second stage of the project we will work with the volunteers to decide how to interpret the material; in new artwork for the park, interpretation panels, exhibitions and publications.
Saughton – the People’s Park shows the project’s progress and gives a taste of people’s memories of the park and the surrounding area. The exhibition opens today and is at the Central Library on George IV Bridge for the month of March.
It will then be displayed at The Dower House in Corstorphine, Balgreen Library and at the LMA’s Little Shop of Memory in Ocean Terminal, Leith.
For exact exhibition dates at these future venues, please keep an eye on the LMA’s Facebook page and Twitter, @thelmascotland
And another date for your diary – I am doing a talk about the project and exhibition, with Pete McDougall, development worker at Saughton Park, and Joe McGuigan, volunteer and member of Saughton History Group. March 29th, Central Library, more details here