About the MHA

History

Morningside Heritage Association was established in 1982 on the initiative of Charles Smith, who lived in the area for much of his life and wrote extensively on the history of Morningside and South Edinburgh. The Association met for some years in South Morningside Primary School before moving to the Old Schoolhouse, on Morningside Road. Since the autumn of 2013 talks have been held at Morningside Parish Church.

The Association gained Scottish charitable status on 11 November 2013 – charity number SC044409.

Aims

a) to promote a historical, educational and cultural interest in the area.

b) To collect and preserve any material relevant to the area.

c) To assist in the protection of the heritage of Morningside and Lothian.

d) To make available to the public such material as may be appropriate.

e) The Association shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.

Committee

The Association is managed by an Executive Committee comprised of three Office Bearers – Convener, Secretary and Treasurer – and between three and eight Ordinary Members elected by and from the membership by simple majority of those eligible to vote.

Office Bearers
Convener : Mike Pringle
Treasurer : Bob Cunningham
Secretary : Jill Powlett Brown

Ordinary Members
Vice Convener : Jill Powlett Brown
Membership : Gerry Clark
Programmes : Maggie and Mike Pringle
Events and Publicity : Janette Gollan and Frances Macleod
Archives : Janette Gollan
IT Advisor : Clive Davenhall

The Convener holds office for four years, with the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members holding office for three years. At the Annual General Meeting immediately preceding the start of the Convener’s final year in office, a Convener-Elect is nominated from the Committee, to shadow the Convener and to deputise for them if required.

The Convener cannot serve two successive terms, but may stand for election thereafter. There is no limit on the number of times the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members may stand for election to the Executive Committee. Exceptionally, where continuity of administration is threatened, the Executive Committee may recommend to the membership that an Office Bearer continue in office for a fourth year.