This mural, of
children at play in the streets measures 30ft x 15ft. It was painted
on the dining room wall of Craigmillar Primary School in 1935* by John Maxwell.
1930s new housing and
schools were being built in Craigmillar to re-house families moving from
overcrowded housing that was being demolished elsewhere in Edinburgh.
closed in 1999 and the surrounding houses have since been demolished. Craigmillar
Primary School also came close to
being demolished, but following a campaign by local people, the school was
B-listed in 2000 and has been
The school has
now been converted into business units (many used by charities), a
theatre and a gallery. The mural was restored in 2006 and the room
where it can be found has been named 'The John Maxwell Gallery'.
I took this
photo of the mural during the
Craigmillar Festival, 2009 when the gallery was being used to house an
exhibition of historic photographs of Craigmillar, titled