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THE LIFESTORY PODCAST

All these wonderful stories have been recorded by the staff of The Living Memory Association, which is now based at The Wee Museum of Memory in Ocean Terminal, Leith, beside the Royal Yacht Britannia.  If you have a tale to tell, please pop in to share it with us or get in touch please on comhist@googlemail.com and we can capture your story remotely from wherever you are in the world.

May 27, 2020

Tommy Carson was born in 1922 and raised in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. Tommy is a real force of nature and is still very active in the community. His memory is detailed and his stories vividly recalled. He talks about childhood, school days, playing on the streets around the Grassmarket and Scots- Irish Day. We...


May 22, 2020

James Yorkston was born in November 1934 and was brought up at 19 Mitchell Buildings. Long gone - the site is now occupied by Aldi supermarket. We hear tales of Portobello's magnificent outdoor pool, the town being mobbed during the Glasgow fortnight and renting out the family flat to a Glasgow family during those...


May 8, 2020

Jean Bell was interviewed in 2011 about some of her experiences of being a dresser and 'call boy' in the Kings and Playhouse Theatres in Edinburgh in the 1950s and 1980s. Its a wonderful glimpse of a world most of us know nothing about. From helping Hercules the Bear up the stairs at the Playhouse, dealing with a well...


Apr 23, 2020

The McCaughie family interview granny in 2008. Son John and grand daughters Clare and Shona interview Mary about her up bringing in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh in the 1930s. Its round the kitchen table, tea and biscuits are in evidence! We hear about school days, getting the belt at the age of seven, being chased...


Apr 20, 2020

Maureen Sweeney, nee Noble, was born in Leith in the late 1940s. She talks here of the milk bars and cafe of her youth. Chip shops in Leith. Taking broken biscuits and buckies (winkles) into the pictures. Late night cinemas and catching the bus in Duke Street, Leith to go dancing at Portobello Town Hall. Evocative...