Hub hub hooray for Cousland

Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub
Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub

A heritage hub showcasing the wide history of Cousland was launched last weekend, the culmination of 15 years of hard work by volunteers.

The Cousland Heritage Hub will officially open to the public on September 12.

Left to right - Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, Sheena irving Chair Cousland Smiddy Trust, Colin Beattie MSP and Gordon Brown Secretary Cousland Smiddy Trust

Left to right - Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, Sheena irving Chair Cousland Smiddy Trust, Colin Beattie MSP and Gordon Brown Secretary Cousland Smiddy Trust

Sheena Irving, secretary of the Cousland Local History Project thanked everyone involved, including over 50 volunteers. She said: “Local trades were amazing, and volunteers have done hundreds of hours of work. This event was just to thank those folk that have helped. They have all gone beyond the call of duty.

“All the history of the village is going into this hub.

“For the past 15 years we have been checking everything to do with Cousland, back to the medieval ages and the iron age.

“When we started this work in 2000 we thought it would take a year or two but it has just went on and on.

“It has been 15 years, and the collection we have now got will be in the one place together for everybody to look at.”

And why create this hub?

“Really because of the breadth of history in Cousland,” said Sheena.

“When we do a trail here we call it ‘our place in Scotland’s story’, as Cousland has been involved in so many parts of major history in Scotland.

“It’s quite an important wee place for the size of it.

“We weren’t just a wee back water in the old days. It has a ridiculous history.

“One day we will find the Holy Grail here!”

Speaking at Saturday’s launch event Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “To have this area’s rich historical information based here is sensible and constructive. I thank all the directors, volunteers and any others involved in the trust’s work and I look forward to seeing the project opening to the public in September.”