The range of Our Place In Time projects represents a unique and exciting partnership between community-run and led organisations, universities, and research institutions that harnesses and develops new technology and social media to explore the past, present, and possible in a neighbourhood.
The research partners were predominantly funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Connected Communities programme. Led by Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, all partners were keen to explore the social bonds and bridges that make up the community in Wester Hailes and how current and past residents’ memories being shared on Facebook and elsewhere supported these.
The community and community organisations brought fresh ideas, a lot of hard work, trust, an ability to say “no”, and a lot of fantastic memories of times past in Wester Hailes. The initial investment, in money and energy, has led to a wide range of sustainable projects that are a showcase for both Wester Hailes in Edinburgh and across the UK, and for partnership working between research institutions and communities.