New West End walking tours will raise money for Edinburgh World Heritage
A new series of walking tours focusing on the incredible stories of people who lived in Edinburgh’s New Town and…
21st September 2018
Edinburgh World Heritage
Join us on Thursday 25 October for a groundbreaking new lecture to celebrate Black History Month. Human rights activist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Sir Geoff Palmer O.B.E. (who currently features in the Our World Heritage exhibition at the Tron) will expose Edinburgh’s long and profitable relationship with slavery.
Scotland benefited disproportionately from the slave trade. Relative to population, Scots owned more slaves, more plantations and had a higher share of the transatlantic trade in plantation goods such as tobacco and sugar than England or most other European countries. Professor Palmer will argue that the remarkable economic transformation seen in the city in the final part of the 18th century came at a heavy price. The story will be told through the experiences of the many wealthy residents of the New Town who were slave and plantation owners, as well as prominent men associated with the city, such as and Henry Dundas, who campaigned against abolition. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
For members of Edinburgh World Heritage, there will be an exclusive members-only drinks reception after the lecture. If you would like to attend the event as a member, benefitting from our members discount and an invite to the after-party, please sign-up here.
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