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Atlas.WH | 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.

Learn more about the AtlaS.WH project here.

Activity book

Atlas.WH | Wish you were here?

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? This standalone activity book can be printed and completed by children ages 6-11. Have fun being an art detective, making a viewfinder and designing your own Edinburgh postcard.

Download the activity’s additional resources here.

Created a postcard? Email us a scan and we can include it in our social media: info@ewht.org.uk.

Teaching pack

Atlas.WH | Wish you were here?

This resource pack and accompanying teachers’ notes is intended for P4-6 but can be adapted for older and younger learners. Explore the concepts of heritage and sustainability. What is special about Edinburgh to us? How can we ensure that our city is cared for long into the future?

Download the activity’s additional resources here.

Created a postcard? Email us a scan and we can include it in our social media: info@ewht.org.uk.

Who cares? Activity ideas for secondary schools

Atlas.WH | Wish you were here?

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.

Old Edinburgh in the time of 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. This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains a range of media resources for children.


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Jacobites to Geniuses

This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains lessons plans, introductory classroom teaching notes, a range of media resources and classroom-based tasks for children, and a fun trail through Georgian Edinburgh which takes in buildings and places associated with the Jacobite and Scottish Enlightenment period.


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The Jekyll and Hyde City

Edinburgh during the Victorian period was a time of 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. This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains a range of media resources for children.


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