The aim of the Craigmillar Communiversity is to raise awareness of artistic and cultural tradition of Craigmillar and its worldwide network.
Helen Crummy new booklet
Craigmillar Art, Culture and Heritage Trail
"In the footsteps of time"
Available from Craigmillar Library/SPACE/Newcraighall Newsagent
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Janet in a CFS production (4th from left, sitting down)
Janet Howie and Bob Cairns
It is sad to report the passing of Janet Howie and Bob Cairns, pillars of the Arts in Craigmillar for many years. Both Janet and Bob were musically gifted. Her beautiful voice was at the centre of many a Craigmillar Festival Society and later on Craigmillar Community Arts productions. Bob inspired many to play music. A tribute to both is to hear them sing and talk.
This Inteview and subsequent footage was filmed in 1998. Bob is talking about his involvement with the Craigmillar Festival Society Arts Centre Music Workshop.
New Bill Douglas Trilogy DVD and Documentary Film released.
Called "Intent on getting the image" by 400 Blows Production includes interviews with Helen Crummy and Davie Brown, amongst many others.
profile of the acclaimed Scottish film director whose small output belied
his great influence.
In a career spanning nearly 20 years, from 1972-1991, Scottish director Bill Douglas only made four films – and three of those were shorts. But in spite of this small output, he was highly acclaimed on the world stage.
He won the Silver Bear at the Venice Film Festival for his first film, garnering praise from the likes of legendary film-makers Lindsay Anderson, François Truffaut and Satyajit Ray; and in 1987 he picked up The Independent’s ‘Film of the Year' award for Comrades.
This revealing documentary explores Bill Douglas’s struggle from childhood poverty to acclaimed director. A fescinating insight into a remarkable man and a remarkable film-maker."
Now at 75,000 hits.
Also includes The Craigmillar Heritage trail.
HELEN DUNCAN PARDON
The Helen Duncan pardon press story continues to grow. The extraordinary press coverage kicked off with a Glasgow Herald piece, where Mary Martin (Helen Duncan's grandaughter) was pictured laying a sprig of herbs of The Witches Gestalt,Prestonpans at Halloween Remembrance last October that led to the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotsman covering the story, which led onto BBC Newsnight (and website), then it was News at Ten (but it got pulled), then that led to The Guardian Leader, then Sevirins Carrels article, which kicked start the petition over xmas, then it went crazy in Jan with worldwide press coverage, with Reuters and PA picking it up, including the NBC/MSN poll of 16,000 and the 70 articles worldwide, plus the 300 + blogs, then CNN and now Channel Four News.
Of course Helen Duncan lived in Craigmillar for many years, her family have live here including Mary Martin in The Thistle foundation.
Travelling The Distance Public Art at Scottish Parliament
Helen Crummy is one of the 100 women marked in a work, about women and democracy. Helen Crummy's says "It is a tribute to the women of Craigmillar". She quotes Agnes Moffat who was one of the coalbearers of Niddrie, who gave evidence to the commission, which helped outlaw women and childrern working in coalmines.
Also Ruth Wisharts quote by Margaret Mead was about Helen Crummy and reads:
"It’s so true, committed citizens are the people who can really change the world."
John Maxwell Mural
Before (photo by Shona McMillan) and After
The revamped room where The John Maxwell Mural Room area looks fantastic. The mural has now been fully restored. The Theatre and rest of new arts centre and archive room is very impressive too.The Primary School has reopened as SPACE a Social Enterprise and Arts Centre. Here is a link to St francis Primary School, which tells of the importance of several buildings in the area including St Francis, Peffermill and Craigmillar Primary School. Also add to this The Children's House Nursery, The College Settlement and Castlebrae High School.
ANYBODY SEEN THE NIDDRIE PLAQUE
From our archives a picture of the Plaque that was stolen.
REG BOLTON/NORA SMITH
Sadly Reg Bolton and Nora Smith passed away in 2006. We pay tribute to these people for all thier work and vision.
More on Reg
The Violin Lesson by Michael Marra
as one of Scotlands finest songwriters, Michael having worked in Craigmillar,
penned "The Violin Lesson" in
1993, in his Candy Philosophy album. Inspired from the story of the little
boy who wanted
to play the violin.
It can be purchased for £1 on The Michael Marra MP3 site
"Arts The Catalyst, The People Story" wins Saltire Award at International Film Festival
In Aug 2005, this documentary, commissioned by Craigmillar Communiversity won The Saltire award. Working closely with Mickey McPherson (Producer at Plum Films) and Director Simon Hynds, we were able to inteview a range of Craigmillar folk to tell this unique story.
tells the story through the words of local people, actors and professionals
who were involved
in creation and development of The Craigmillar
Festival Society. It uses footage from The BBC and local filmmakers from
the sixties, seventies and eighties and excerpts from Bill Douglas classic
1972 film " My Childhood".
The film includes many voices from Craigmillar including Janet Howie singing " When the People play their part", Helen Crummy, Muriel Wilkinson, Alice Henderson, Heather Henderson, Clare Elder, Joanne McPherson and many others. Also interviewed are Willie Roe, Richard Demarco, Steve Burgess and River City star John Murtagh.
Buildings of importance
As we build this website we wish to highlight buildings of importance that have gone or still there.
Such as Wauchope House, Craigmillar Primary School, Roxy Film house, Jack Kane Centre, Craigmillar Secondary School, etc.
If you have information please email
Mine a Rich Vien
In 2000 the late Dave Smith as part of The Communiversity put the most recent draft of Helen Crummy's history of Craigmillar online. The book was updated and published as part of the exhibition Arts: The Catalyst Craigmillar.
We have put it on The Communiversity website as well.
NIDDRIE BRICK AWARD 2006
Dave also started the The Niddrie Brick award. Which we are interested in bringing back "Fer Bein Smashin".
This years winner is Veronica Thomson "Fer bein smashin" and helping with so much regards Helen Duncan and the archive.
Here is her website
AIM OF CRAIGMILLAR COMMUNIVERSITY
the Crarigmillar Communiversity, where we hope to build up examples of
projects which illustrate how Communiversity can work. We welcome
any papers, links, examples and comments which cover our aims. To understand
what we are looking for, the starting point for this debate is The abstract
*Unleash peoples`creativity by using art as the catalyst.
* Use technology to take education and training out of its institutions to where people are and provide the opportunities to develop their potential.
* Create a learning exchange network which will make maximum use of existing capital and human resources inside and outside the community who can educate, train, fund, inform and empower people.
* Provide an innovative degree and post graduate course for academic study, job training and situational learning.
* Start with people who are at present involved in community work in its broadest sense.
* Be part of a long term holistic approach which includes health, environment and employment.
The aim of the Craigmillar Communiversity is to raise awareness of artistic and cultural tradition of Craigmillar, collect similar projects worldwide, to show the importance of this model and how it has evolved. To create a learning vehicle to carry forward the 'Arts the Catalyst' tradition of such grassroot community groups to enable it to evolve and carry on for the future. The term Communiversity is taken from a Craigmillar Festival Society workshop of 1972, where it sought to combine 'local community talent and knowledge with universities, thus creating a communiversity'.
The Craigmillar Communiversity was started in 1996 after an article was published by Helen Crummy in mailout Magazine. You see this click here
The Craigmillar Communiversity is a voluntary group. The photos taken in this website are mainly by Scott Whitelaw, Lee McCormack. The older photos are mainly taken by John Brown, Angie Catlin and Sandra Givan. All the images have been collected by Helen Crummy over many years, with many gifts and additions from far and near. Veronica Thomson collated most of these images.
Craigmillar is rich in history, but it was the Housing (Scotland) Act 1925 which created "housing for the working classes of Scotland'. Edinburgh Council bought this land, from The Wauuchope family, through this act to create The Craigmillar Housing Scheme to house "the working classes" to give them decent housing. Thus Craigmillar became a 100% "working class" area that has developed a rich artistic culture that has influenced many around the world.
For further information please contact Andrew Crummy.