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Craigmillar Now will be closed between 14th Dec 2021 - 7th February 2022

We Are Hiring!

Part-time Heritage Programme Coordinator (21 hours per week)

Salary: £25000 pro rata, 21 hours per week (Part-time)
Pension: 3% employer’s contribution
Length of contract: 2 year fixed-term contract
Reporting to: Director
Staff reporting to this post: None

Craigmillar Now is a community-led arts and heritage organisation based in East Edinburgh. We have started to develop the first publicly accessible Craigmillar archives, preserving and celebrating the area's remarkable achievements, particularly in the field of arts and social practice. We are looking for a Heritage Programme Coordinator to help us to work with audiences across the community and deliver innovative projects that engage a wider group of people with heritage.

Overall purpose:

Craigmillar Now is a new organisation, we were founded in March 2020 and opened our Arts Centre, where the archives are now based, in November 2020. We are looking for a Heritage Programme Coordinator who will:

Support Volunteers

Support the existing volunteer heritage team and proactively recruit new volunteers from the local area, ensuring our team reflects the diversity of the community.

Provide excellent and appropriate communication, support and information to volunteers. Keep accurate volunteer records and handle administration associated with volunteers.

Work with Craigmillar Now's Director to ensure volunteering best practice is followed and maintained across projects.

Oversee the day-to-day delivery our Heritage Work

This includes the delivery of our weekly training sessions, with training led by photographers and archivists, and our oral history project, co-delivered by Connecting Craigmillar.

The Heritage Programme Coordinator will oversee and manage our weekly ‘Open Archive' supervising and supporting individual visits to the archive and arranging tailored activities for groups that want to explore this resource.

The Heritage Programme Coordinator will also support the Director to arrange exhibitions, events and publications connected to Craigmillar's history.

Develop our Partnership and Off-site work

Further develop existing partnerships with organisations across the community and create new ones.

Work with project partners to co-ordinate visits, special events and pop-up exhibitions connected to the Craigmillar archives.  

Support and collaborate on local projects connected to heritage where possible.

Provide excellent and appropriate communication, support and information to project partners and participants.

Work with Craigmillar Now's Director to ensure best practice is followed and maintained across projects.

The Heritage Programme Coordinator will also support the day-to-day running of Craigmillar Now

Person Specification

We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic and motivated Heritage Programme Co-ordinator with an infectious passion for local history.

Desirable Experience:

Experience working in the third sector or within an arts or heritage organisation.

Experience working with diverse groups of people.

Experience developing and updating policies and procedures in the voluntary sector.

An understanding of and a commitment to equal opportunities and safeguarding.

Relevant experience planning, prioritising and delivering induction and training sessions.

Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office and prepared to learn new skills and to embrace and harness new technology.

You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to lead and motivate a team of volunteers and a commitment to the vision and values of Craigmillar Now.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch at info@craigmillarnow.com

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a CV (no more than 1 page) and a short cover letter (up to 500 words) to Rachael Cloughton info@craigmillarnow.com
Or please send a short video – no more than 5 mins long as a .mov file or via a private link telling us about your experience and why you'd be a great Heritage Programme Co-ordinator.

Deadline 23rd January 2022, 6pm

We can't wait to hear from you.

Arts Centre Assistant

Salary: National Living Wage, 21 hours per week 
This role is funded through the DWP's KickStart Scheme and supported by The Entrepreneur's Trust. It is available to people aged 16-24 claiming Universal Credit.
Length of contract: 6 month fixed-term contract
Reporting to: Director

We are looking for an assistant to support us with the day-to-day tasks of running of Craigmillar Now's arts centre.

Tasks will include:

Supporting our Heritage work through transcribing oral histories and digitising documents, including photographs and theatre scripts.

Promoting and publicising Craigmillar Now's arts centre as a venue to hire and assisting with bookings.

Welcoming visitors to the space, distributing volunteer sign up sheets and helping us to maintain our databases.

This is a varied, introductory role ideal for someone looking to start a career in the arts, heritage or community work.

We are looking for someone friendly, outgoing and motivated, who is passionate about the arts and local history and enthusiastic about working with lots of different people and community groups.

What you will learn through this role:

This role will give you a good overview of working in the arts and a charitable organisation.
You will learn about the history of Craigmillar and the area’s fascinating arts scene – past and present.
You will participate introductory archives training, which includes cataloguing, photography and image editing.

Skills and Experience

We need someone who is well organised, with excellent time management, communication and interpersonal skills.Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office are desirable, or a willingness to participate in training to develop these skills.

An interest in the arts, heritage and/or community work is desirable.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a CV (no more than 1 page) and a short cover letter (up to 500 words) to Rachael Cloughton at info@craigmillarnow.com
Or please send us a short video – no more than 5 mins long as a .mov file or via a private link telling us why you’re interested in this role.

Deadline - we will review applications as we recieve them

New Limited Edition print by Nihad Al Turk

£25 (plus p&p)

We are very excited to share with you a new limited edition print by Craigmillar Now's first artist-in-residence, Nihad Al Turk.
The untitled work shows the soldier with the golden arm, who featured prominently in Nihad's exhibition 'Daily Myths' at the arts centre.
The work is signed by the artist and printed on A4 Fedrigoni Tintoretto Gesso paper. From an edition of 200.
All funds raised through sales of the print will support Craigmillar Now's work. If you would like to purchase a print please contact info@craigmillarnow.com

Craigmillar Now & Then: 
Creating a Community Archive
Mondays 10am - 12pm

Craigmillar Now is currently working with local volunteers to create the first publicly-accessible, community-led Craigmillar archives. The archives group currently meets every Monday at the Art Centre at 10am. Archivist training is led by photographer Zoe Hamill and covers cataloguing, scanning, file management and photography. 

Would you like to get involved? No experience is necessary - just a passion for Craigmillar’s history. To volunteer please contact info@craigmillarnow.com.

The Craigmillar Tapestry
Mondays 12 - 2pm

Stitch some history at our weekly Tapestry group. We are currently working on the Arts Centre panel of this beautiful community artwork, designed by Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland. Sessions are led by Sheila and the group is very relaxed and informal, no experience is necessary and there’s no need to book - just pop along!

Collecting Stories

We started to collect stories about Craigmillar’s past at the start of 2021, in a new project developed in collaboration with Connecting Craigmillar. 
The project is part of the development of Craigmillar’s archives and is designed to improve knowledge of the area, by capturing oral histories from people who have lived in the community for many years. 
Before we started the project there were no oral histories in the archive. Thanks to the support of a team of volunteer callers and local people who have generously shared their stories we are building this resource.

*Due to demand, we will be organising another training session with the Living Memory Association, if you would like to become a volunteer caller please send us a message at info@craigmillarnow.com

Celebrating Craigmillar’s Women of Achievement

 (Image courtesy of Andrew Crummy)

When Craigmillar Now moved into the Arts Centre we realised the Helen Crummy Women of Achievement plaque was missing. The plaque was part of an Edinburgh-wide trail dedicated some of the city’s pioneering women and is a really important part of Craigmillar’s heritage.

We are excited to announce that we have commissioned the artist Shauna McMullan to develop a new artwork celebrating Craigmillar’s women of achievement to replace the missing the plaque. Shauna worked with Helen Crummy on her installation ‘Travelling the Distance’ at the Scottish Parliament.

Over the next few months Shauna will be visiting Craigmillar for further research.

Past Projects

(Photo Lawrence Darwish)

Exhibition: Nihad Al Turk, Daily Myths

Daily Myths was an exhibition of new works by the internationally renowned, local Syrian artist Nihad Al Turk.

Nihad was in residence at Craigmillar Now between November 2020 - October 2021. During this time, he produced a series of captivating, large scale paintings depicting haunting figures and imaginary creatures, inspired by Kurdish myths and the Christian iconography of the former church space where they were made.

This project was made possible thanks to the support of the City of Edinburgh Council and The Hope Scott Trust.

Seen and Heard
Thursdays, 7 October - 25 November 2021

(The Incredible Distance, image taken from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s residency in Westerhailes)
Thursdays 7 Oct & 14 Oct 10:00 – 15:00 (Workshops 10am - 1pm, lunch and use of art centre space 1-3pm)
Thursdays 21 Oct – 25 Nov 10:30 – 13:30
Seen and Heard was a 8 week programme of creative, community workshops that brought together music and photography.

The project was being delivered in partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as part of their 5 year residency in Craigmillar. Sessions were led by double bass player Emma Smith and Craigmillar Now's artist-in-residence Louise McLachlan.

You can listen to one of the songs the group wrote here

Artist in Residence 2021
Louise McLachlan

Craigmillar Now is co-hosting artist Louise McLachlan to develop the research-based project ‘Power in Perspective’, which focuses on the value of the disabled perspective within the arts.
Louise will work across the Craigmillar community, working between Craigmillar Now and Thistle Foundation to highlight a hidden history of disability within the community and the arts. Through accessing local archives and engaging people with different perspectives and lived experience of disability Louise aims to expand the representation and conversation of disability within the arts, while exploring her own practice of using the digital photography to create whilst living with disability.

You can learn more about Louise’s work here, including Scope, photography project for people living with long term health conditions and disabilities which was delivered at Craigmillar Now in June 2021.

Hire Our Space

Craigmillar Now is based in an impressive 19th Century church next to Fort Kinnaird Retail Park in East Edinburgh. It was recently renovated by Groves + Raines Architects, creating a stylish and contemporary venue suited to a range of events and activities.

We are now taking bookings for our Main Hall space, which includes a large stage area perfect for performances and events.
Rates start from £30 p/h. 
For more information or to make a booking please contact Rachael Cloughton at info@craigmillarnow.com.

The Main Hall is completely accessible. There is disabled access via a ramp at the back of the church, entered through the car park, there is also a disabled toilet. Please note there is no disabled access to the mezzanine level or kitchen space.

The Team -

Rachael Cloughton
  (Project Lead)

Maureen Child

Andrew Crummy

Sophia Marriage

Kim Beasley

Lucy Wood

Billy McKirdy

Join the Team

We are seeking proactive and enthusiastic Trustees to support Craigmillar Now as it
enters its second year of operation...

Craigmillar Now is a community-led charity committed to creating access to the arts and
local history in the Greater Craigmillar area. In November 2020 we secured the lease to
Craigmillar's former art centre in St Andrew’s church, opening the space for community
use once again and launching a high quality programme of cultural activities, including
artist residencies, exhibitions, events, workshops and commissions. Craigmillar Now is
also home to the Craigmilar archives, which are currently being developed with the support
of a team of local volunteers.

We are looking for Trustees with at least one from the following list of experience or
Passion for, and dedication, to the community of Craigmillar
Knowledge of the history of Craigmillar
First-hand experience of current community life in Craigmillar
Links with different organisations and networks in Craigmillar
An interest in furthering community development in Craigmillar
Experience of HR, employment law
Experience of working with historic buildings or landscaping
Experience of working with and supporting volunteers and setting up policies and
procedures of good practice

Key Tasks:
Prepare for board meetings by reading papers provided in advance and
participate in discussions and decision making.
Provide strategic leadership to ensure charitable objectives are met, priorities are
established and the staff are supported and enabled in their work for the charity.
Participate in the scrutiny of, and support of, the development of the annual plan
and budget.

Time commitment: Preparation for and attendance at about ten Board meetings per year,
the AGM plus ad hoc supporting work. Total estimated time commitment is 4
hours a month (average).
Remuneration: The role is unpaid, but reasonable expenses, including travel expenses,
will be reimbursed if agreed in advance.
Term: Three years, with the potential to extend by a further three years.
Type of Charity: We are a single-tier SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated
Organisation) You can read more about what this means here

If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch at

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a CV (no more than 1 page) and a short cover letter (up to 500
words) to
Or please send us a short video – no more than 5 mins long as a .mov file or via a private
link telling us about your experience and why you'd like to join the Craigmillar Now Board
of Trustees.
Deadline: 6pm, 4th January 2022
We can't wait to hear from you.

Get In Touch

You can contact us on

58 Newcraighall Road
EH15 3HS

How to get there:

Car Parking is available on site.
Bus: Lothian Buses 30, 400, 106 and 49
Train: Newcraighall Train Station

Scottish Charity SC050027

Images of the Art Centre courtesy of Murdo McDermid/Groves-Raines Architects Studios Ltd

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