The People’s Map of Leith has recently been unveiled by the Inspiring Leith project. Carolyn Bell went to check it out for Greener Leith.
For the last week the Peoples Map of Leith has been on show at the MacDonald Road before going on tour around Leith.A huge beautiful embroidered map, depicting community projects and locations along Leith Walk, it includes comments and suggestions for positive change. You can find where JK Rowling lived, spot Greener Leith, where Mary Queen of Scots landed, who Arthur and Cowboy Joe are – and what group loves the Sicilian pastry shop.
The map has been made by all age groups. The over 50’s in the Pilmeny Development project, youth and toddler groups around Lorne street and Casselkirk Neighbourhood association.
Heather Lynch a community artist and assets based researcher helped coordinate the sewing and design.
The project has been going now for 12 months, facilitated by Ian Dyson. It’s run in association with the Bethany Trust and funded by Inspiring Scotland as part of their community engagement projects in Leith.
The project links together groups to share memories, raise awareness, debate and find out what communities want and need to make them stronger.
So far the project has helped set up and fund chess groups, curry nights, monthly film showings and the playground café at Lorne Primary school.
The map is a lovely visual representation of many of the wonderful community groups along the Walk and the work they are doing to strengthen community ties.
For more information about the map, the community get-togethers, or if you need help setting up your own community events along the walk contact Ian at: