Edinburgh's Reminiscence Project • Established 1986

Away for the messages

‘Away for the Messages’ is a reminiscence project themed around the retail and shopping heritage of Edinburgh and its environs. Using our extensive picture archive hosted on Edinburgh Collected we have created an exhibition in our dedicated display space at Ocean Terminal shopping centre which explores the range and extent of Edinburgh’s former retail history. With this display as our window into the city’s retail heritage, we aim to grow our archival collection through donated images and to capture lived experience through oral history recordings for our ‘Away for the Messages’ podcast series.

This project has been generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scotland, made possible by players of the National Lottery.

Contact and get involved

We are seeking to collect retail related photographs and ephemera for this project. If you or your family have had specific experience of working in a retail environment which no longer exists in Edinburgh, or you ran a shop which served a particular locality in the city we’d love to hear from you.

Our shopping habits have changed dramatically in the last decade and many iconic Edinburgh shops have disappeared from our retail landscape; from street corner grocers to department store window dressers to St Cuthbert’s Co-operative milk roundsmen, we are seeking a range of people to contribute to this most topical of reminiscence projects.

If you would like to participate, please contact Russell Clegg (project coordinator) at comhist@gmail.com, or get in touch on our social media: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and X.
We look forward to hearing from you!