STOP PRESS see JACKSON STREET CAMPAIGN 2010 at www.makers.org.uk/place/penicuikheritage

 

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2009

Jackson Street School

exhibition shown at Penicuik Community Development Trust’s Open House

in the Cowan Institute, Penicuik Town Hall Saturday 31 October 2009

http://www.penicuikcdt.org.uk/PDF/Plan_for_Penicuik.pdf

Jackson Street School

will play a central role in Penicuik’s commercial rejuvenation

Built in 1856 by a combination of parish funds and public subscription,

the former Parish School is a solidly attractive and vital component

of the mid-19th century street- and garden-scape.

It will contribute in a number of ways:

As a museum and heritage centre for Penicuik and the paper making industry,

combined with tourist information, community café, workshops and training

facilities for local craftsmen. Smaller rooms let as business offices would subsidise

the other not-for-profit activities. The building is structurally ideal for multi-use.

Additions to the rear could be removed to create a small block of

social housing together with delivery access and disabled car parking.

The forecourt will be a garden square, focus of an attractive pedestrian

axis through the present Precinct and along the High Street to Castle

Warehouse, with Penicuik Town Hall as a second focus at the other end.

Business Plan for Jackson Street School prepared by PCDT

and submitted to Midlothian Council on 2 November 2009

 

 

Business Plan for Jackson Street School prepared by PCDT

and submitted to Midlothian Council on 2 November 2009

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2009

Jackson Street School

exhibition shown at Penicuik Community Development Trust’s Open House

in the Cowan Institute, Penicuik Town Hall Saturday 31 October 2009

 

The National Commercial Bank beside  Jackson Street School years ago

(from the Bank exhibition shown earlier at Penicuik Open House)

STOP PRESS see JACKSON STREET CAMPAIGN 2010 at www.makers.org.uk/place/penicuikheritage

 

 

 

Penicuik exhibitions 

A few of over 100 Penicuik Open House weekly displays

 

KITTY FYFFE’S POSTCARDS

HEAT & LIGHT

OLD TOOLS

POSTERS

CAMERAS

OLD BOTTLES

SHOES & BOOTS

NEWS

HATS

U3A

ART

THE COWAN PAPER ADVERTISEMENTS OF 1944

FIFTY YEARS OF CUIKEN SCHOOL

PENICUIK’S CLYDESDALE BANK

PENICUIK INVESTORS IN THE US

LINEN

GAMES

TEDDY BEARS

MODEL BOATS

SIGNWRITING

HANDBAGS

ARTILLERY

SCOUTING

PENICUIK CO-OP

DISCOVERY AWARDS

CARNETHY HILL RACE

JACKSON STREET SCHOOL

SALTIRE HOUSING EXHIBITION

THE FILMS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK

DAME MURIEL SPARK: Scottish by formation

childrens book illustration of GERMANO OVANI

Galashiels Co-operators & the ideas of William King

IMAGES OF ESKBRIDGE  from Jim Neil’s collection

CORNBANK:  Penicuik’s Radburn estate from the 1960s

PENICUIK RAILWAY and its designer THOMAS BOUCH

Penicuik’s Concorde Designer  JAMES ARNOT HAMILTON

Penicuik’s International Photographer      ALBERT WATSON

Carlops’ International City Planner            THOMAS ADAMS

General MACZEK & the GREAT POLISH MAP of SCOTLAND

ALEXANDER COWAN’S INSTITUTE

 illustrated by his great-great-great grandson Robin Macfarlan

 

The Cowan Institute -with library, halls and recreation rooms- was given to the people of Penicuik by the will of Alexander Cowan, papermaker. Operated for most of its life by the Cowan Trust, it was passed in 1960 to local management under the care of the Burgh of Penicuik.

On local government reorganisation in the mid 1970s the Burgh’s assets became vested in Midlothian Council, including the Cowan Institute and the endowments for social facilities the earlier Trust had provided.  Penicuik Community Development Trust was formed by public concern for the fate of the building after reports of its possible sale in 2005.

The Trust is a registered charity (SC037990) run and entirely supported by the efforts of Penicuik people, and hires space in the Institute to operate an Open House with displays every Saturday throughout the year, and a fortnightly Cinema on Sunday evenings.  It works closely with Penicuik & District Community Council and with the locally-run charitable bodies operating Penicuik’s Leisure Centre at Ladywood and the Penicuik Community Arts Centre in West Street.

 

LOCAL ACTION ON COMMUNITY ASSETS

 

Here are a few upcoming Penicuik events

Here are lots of events earlier this year

 

 

 

 

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