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A new learning resource for old Edinburgh

Mary Stones

15th November 2018

Mary Stones

The creation of a new online learning resource on Old Edinburgh has finally made it to the top of my ‘to do’ list. I’ve been looking forward to this one, but I’m suddenly feeling a little daunted by the task. Edinburgh is a wee city with a muckle big history. That’s a lot to fit into one resource, and I want to get it right.

‘Old Edinburgh’ is a popular topic in many primary schools, and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site is a fabulous resource for learning. Its historic buildings, graveyards, streetscapes and street names reveal stories of real life and real people who lived and worked in the city long ago. Over the years, Edinburgh World Heritage has produced a broad range of resources, including leaflets, video diaries and trails, that explore the history and stories of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. (Blatant plug alert: these are all free to download from the Learning pages here on our website). These are valuable resources, but we now wish to develop something that is more closely linked to the Curriculum for Excellence, and thus to the needs of Primary 4–6 teachers and pupils who are studying Old Edinburgh.

The new learning resource will contain clearly defined learning outcomes and links to Curriculum areas. It will be packed with information, including suggested classroom activities. I have ambitions for this to be the go-to resource for those studying Old Edinburgh. I’d better get on with it, there’s a lot to do.

If you are a teacher or work in Education and have a view about what you would like to see in a new resource on Old Edinburgh, please do get in touch with me at