Tenements and multi-storey living in Edinburgh since 1767

Tenements and multi-storey living in Edinburgh since 1767

Lecture

Lecture inspired by our Playfair and the City exhibition.

Saturday 11 November 2017, 2pm

Who is this for? - All
Cost: Free

 

This lecture explores the reasons why Edinburgh residents, and Scots in general, lived in high rise buildings. The explanation rejects Youngson’s – and others’ – idea of a planned New Town and provides a reinterpretation based around landowners’ strategies and homeowners’ vested interests. Money, widows, solicitors, builders, Heriot’s, and the Town Council are the cast in a drama that has shaped the form of town and cities throughout Scotland for 250 years.
 
Professor Richard Rodger is Professor of Economic and Social History, History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
 
Free but booking essential, phone City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993
 
For further information (non-booking information),  email Margaret Findlay Learning and Programmes Manager, or phone 0131 529 3963.