Edinburgh World Heritage Resources for primary schools

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site offers a unique teaching resource with many cross-curricular opportunities. Their website provides information, guidance and resources to help you get the most out of the city’s heritage.

Mary, Queen of Scots
During the period covered by this material, Edinburgh witnessed the turbulent and often violent events associated with the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. But just a short step away from the glamour and excitement of the Court, life in the closes and wynds of Edinburgh was rather different.

From Jacobites to Geniuses
The Georgian period saw many of the events which shaped modern Scotland, from the Act of Union, to the Jacobite Risings, to the achievements of the Scottish Enlightenment, and the construction of the New Town. Edinburgh was always central to the story.

The Jekyll and Hyde City
Edinburgh during the Victorian period was also a time of great change. Migrants were arriving in the city from rural areas and from Ireland. Living conditions for many people were appalling, especially in the Old Town. But it was also a time of great innovation and social philanthropy.

Further resources on Old Edinburgh:

Wish You Were Here
Exploring sustainable heritage in Edinburgh
This suite of activities and resources has been developed as part of the Atlas.WH project, building on Edinburgh World Heritage’s existing learning resources to create a comprehensive, wide-ranging educational offering. Focusing on the designing and sending of postcards, these activities challenge children’s understanding of their heritage as part of their identity, as well as encouraging them to think about sustainability. Similar activities take place in the cities of Florence, Bordeaux, Porto and Santiago de Compostela.


Along with a series of classroom resources, Edinburgh World Heritage provides information and advice for those wishing to develop a career in the traditional skills that are essential to securing the future of the World Heritage Site.

resources created for: Edinburgh World Heritage

Edinburgh World Heritage

5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Registered in Scotland No.195077. Scottish charity No. SC037183.

www.ewh.org.uk info@ewht.org.uk tel: 0131 220 7720

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