The History of Leith

November 15, 2004

Portobello History Society

Portobello History Society
Contact: Archie Foley
21 Joppa Road
EH15 2HA

The organisation exists to promote interest and knowledge in the history of Portobello. £4 per session waged, £2 per session unwaged and £1 per evening non-members.

Meetings take place 6:30, 1st Wednesday of the month September – June (not January).

At : St Marks Episcopal Church
Portobello High Street
14 Rosefield Avenue

Portobello Amenity Society
Contact: John Stewart
4A Elcho Terrace
EH15 1EF
Phone No : 0131 669 6466
The organisation exists to care for Portobello’s history and character; to improve and develop features of general amenity and historic interest; to encourage high standards of architecture and planning in proposed developments. Meetings, and planting and river cleaning activities, as advertised.
Subscription is £2 per household a year and £1 for OAPs.
AGM in June.
Newsletter twice a year.

Meetings take place 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month (except July/August), but can vary.

At : 4A Elcho Terrace
EH15 1EF
Phone No : 0131 669 6466

Edinburgh Room
Central Library
George IV Bridge
Phone No: 529 8030
A rich and varied collection of materials are held here including
Illustrations, Photographs and Slides
Newspapers And Press Cuttings dating back to 1651
Parish Registers And Census Returns

Edinburgh City Archives
Department Of Administration
City Chambers
High Street
Phone No: 0131 529 4616
Fax No: 0131 220 1494
The City Archives contain many records of interest like:

Council Minutes
Building Records
Public Service Records like water, gas and education.
Trade Organisations
Many others
First-time visitors should phone to make an appointment.

Map Library
National Library Of Scotland
33 Salisbury Place
Phone No : 0131 466 3813
Fax No : 0131 466 3812
E-mail :
The map room is open for research and reference not readily available elsewhere. Admission is by signing the register of readers.

A stock of over 1.25 million sheet maps and 14,000 atlases make this a must for anyone interested in maps. Maps over 50 years old (70 years for commercial maps) are available for copying, although restrictions apply to pre 1801 maps, some bound maps and fragile or vulnerable maps.

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