Were you in Wester Hailes in 1979?

There’s a new book in production and the author would like to hear from anyone with reminiscences of the time which could go in it. 

John Walmsley is a documentary photographer and was an Artist in Residence at the WHEC for 3 weeks in 1979.  He photographed the school and the neighbourhood as well as working with the kids.  The photos can be seen on his website:


Please email John on:


with your recollections of what it was like (good or bad), how it compared to where you had lived previously, the housing, the ‘Venchie’ or anything else at all.  I would like the thoughts of the locals to complement the photos in the book.

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