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A History of Midlothian Children's Gala Days

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Children’s Gala Days have been an enormously important part of the cultural and community life of towns and village throughout Midlothian for generations, and in some towns and villages they continue to be celebrated.

Working with local groups, especially the Children's Gala Day Committees in Newtongrange, Easthouses, Mayfield and Poltonhall, this project researched the history of the local Gala Days and their importance to communities today. The project was developed and delivered jointly by Newbattle Abbey College and the Workers' Educational Association with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

One of our project aims was to create a film celebrating the Midlothian Children's Gala Days as part of our contribution to the centenary of the Newtongrange Children's Gala Day 2013. The film, and an accompanying education resource for use by schools, adult and community groups, includes archive film footage and photographs, as well as contemporary interviews and recordings celebrating the history of the Gala Days, We hope the film and education resource will help to:

  • Safeguard traditions and pass them on to younger generations
  • Demonstrate the continuing importance of Gala Days
  • Highlight the hard work, commitment and achievement of local volunteers
  • Encourage residents and businesses to support the Gala Days.

Download The Day of their Lives: A History Midlothian Gala Days Education Resource here.

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