As part of the Community Connections Festival, a group of tenants from Cassiltoun Housing Association in Castlemilk, Glasgow came to visit Wester Hailes. Cassiltoun have been working with the Glasgow School of Art on ACCORD, a project focused on recording heritage assets that meant something to the community. So they were keen to visit Wester Hailes to compare notes with residents there and to experience a social history walk. Members of Our Place In Time and other residents were keen to learn from Cassiltoun about 3D printing and to have the Totem Pole printed out as a smaller scale 3D model.
There have been connections between the two communities in the past so it was great for both communities to meet up again. Despite being on different sides of the country, they share much in common, in particular the journeys made to bring about improvements and battles faced. Wester Hailes is younger as a community but the video of images from across the years clearly resonated with the experience of the Cassiltoun activists and there was lively discussion and a strengthening of links between the two areas generated during the day. The Wester Hailes residents are now keen to visit Cassiltoun in return to learn more about their history and the regeneration efforts made there by the community.
You can find more information about this visit in the Digital Sentinel.