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Help children learn why they should care about Edinburgh’s heritage


27th April 2020

Rebecca Leary

This week we are asking children to think creatively and critically about Edinburgh: what they like about the city, what they don’t like, and how we can take care of it together. We’ll be looking at depictions of Edinburgh in art throughout the centuries, tracking the lives of its people and places and asking why it is so special.  

At Edinburgh World Heritage our learning activities are free for you to use at home with your children. Now, we’re inviting you and your children to explore and investigate important themes such as the future of the city, and the way we manage and care for urban World Heritage Sites. 

How is Edinburgh depicted in art? What does this tell us about the history of our city and the lives of the people in it? 

Part of the Atlas.WH project which seeks to address contemporary challenges related to the sustainable management of historic cities and protection of their identity, these activities challenge children’s understanding of their heritage as part of their identity, as well as encouraging them to think about sustainability. 

This material is ideal for children aged 6 to 11 years but can be adapted for young people up to 14 years of age. To take part you will need (at least): 

  • Some colouring pens or pencils (or paint!) and paper  
  • Access to the internet 
  • Your imagination! 

Your challenges for this week include: 

  • Be an art detective 
  • Make your own viewfinder 
  • Design an Edinburgh postcard 

 You can follow along with all the activities this week on our Twitter and Instagram pages and download the resources for free from our Learning page. Remember to share your creations and imaginative learning using #HeritageAtHome. 

Download the activities for free here. 

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