Edinburgh World Heritage Resources

Edinburgh World Heritage

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.

Along with a series of classroom resources, the site 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.
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.

Wish You Were Here and Who Cares
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.
Who Cares? Our heritage: who cares about it, who tells the story, and who decides its future? These activities are designed to complement the secondary school curriculum as part of Travel and Tourism, History, Geography and Social Studies lessons. They can also be used in extra curricular activities.

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