ReDrawing Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Boundary Extension Centennial 1920 project

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ReDrawing Edinburgh is a community-led outreach project designed to mark the centennial commemoration of the 1920 Edinburgh Boundaries Extension and Tramways Act. It is coordinated by a community steering group comprising representatives from each of the boundary extension areas, with support from Council Archive, Library, and Museum services.

The city boundaries were extended in November 1920 to incorporate the Burgh of Leith in the north and the Midlothian parishes of Cramond, Corstorphine, Colinton, and Liberton to the west and south of the city. The expansion meant the city grew from 17 square miles to 53 square miles and increased its population from 320,000 to 425,000.

The ‘amalgamation’, as it was referred to at the time, was welcomed by some but opposed by others - in particular Leith Town Council who fought to retain its independence. The centenary commemoration provides an opportunity for everyone to understand how the city has grown and for the communities to reaffirm their own identities and heritage.

A series of short films created as part of Redrawing Edinburgh, were produced in a partnership between local heritage and community groups and Council Archive, Library, and Museums services. These presentations explore what happened in 1920 and celebrate the identities and histories of these communities.

It is the city centre of Edinburgh that often receives the most attention, however this project focuses on the communities that joined in 1920.

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From 3 to 18 September 2021, we delivered a series of five pop-up outdoor screenings titled Cinescapes: ReDrawing Edinburgh, at which a new 20-minute film was shown. This film was created from archive footage showing the five areas which were amalgamated with Edinburgh in 1920 through the Edinburgh Boundaries Extension and Tramways Act. ReDrawing Edinburgh celebrates the strong independent identities of the areas of Cramond, Colinton, Corstorphine, Liberton, and Leith and how they have retained them throughout the past century. This isn't just about nostalgia, it's about identity. We’re celebrating the individual spirits that make up Edinburgh!

Leith born scriptwriter Alistair Rutherford, has written the screenplay for the film, which includes footage from all five areas to inspire people to think about local history in a new way. The film is also accompanied by an original score produced by Edinburgh based musical duo Dowally.

This film can be viewed online via Indy on Demand.

Creative Edinburgh Awards 2021

ReDrawing Edinburgh was nominated for the Creative Edinburgh ‘City Award’ and we are delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist!

Find more information about the Creative Edinburgh award shortlist.

Explore the ReDrawing Edinburgh project material

Visit Your Library to explore all the fantastic content generated by the ReDrawing Edinburgh project team, including

  • community storyboards
  • local history presentations
  • Capital Collections exhibition
  • overview story on Our Town Stories. 

Discover how the Act changed Edinburgh and delve into the fascinating histories of the areas of

  • Bridgend
  • Colinton
  • Corstorphine
  • Cramond
  • Leith
  • Liberton
  • Longstone.

Listen to a message from Lord Provost Frank Ross as he marked the 100 year anniversary of the city expansion.