The Living Memory Association (LMA) do reminiscence sessions with older people, transcribe memories, archive photos, produce books and curate exhibitions.
I think the work they do is wonderful, providing a social link for people in our community who may be feeling isolated, and giving them a sense of self-worth. At the same time, through the oral history work, they are ensuring the colourful history of Edinburgh and beyond is recorded for future generations.
I design and edit their quarterly magazine TheLMA (see what we did there?!). We decided to have a mix of charity news, features, memories recounted by people they work with, as well as some great stories from volunteers at the charity. As well as the editing side my job includes finding stories and contributors, doing interviews, sourcing photos and writing features.
For the first issue the theme was Leith. The charity is currently based there, previously at Quayside Street, and has had a very successful time since setting up shop in a unit in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in May 2014, called The Little Shop of Memory – if you haven’t visited it is well worth calling in.
For the design of the first issue I kept things simple inside, more like a newspaper than a magazine, with clean, black & white text. I thought the stories and photos spoke for themselves and did not require lots of extra flourishes. For the cover I liked the idea of a classic-looking magazine; the eye-catching photo providing a strong image and the suggestion of plenty of stories on the inside pages.
We are now onto producing the fifth issue; the fourth issue is still available from the LMA unit in Ocean Terminal (ground floor, opposite Waterstone’s) – just ask one of the friendly volunteers when you get there. Cover price is by a donation of your choosing, which will help the LMA continue their fantastic work.
Well I’m not sure where the time goes, but the 10th issue of Thelma is due back from the printers this very week (writing this in July 2017)! Earlier this year we published an issue celebrating the 30th anniversary of the LMA, with a special cover design by artist Frances Priest. And the LMA are still doing their brilliant work, as described above, but are now based in a larger unit on the first floor next to Debenham’s.
Call in and say hello if you’re in Ocean Terminal 🙂