To accompany our exhibition Classical Edinburgh, this talk will explore the classical buildings on Calton Hill within the context of the 19th century society that built them. It will consider the use of the classical form to express Scottish identity, and the cultural and political discussions that influenced this choice of architectural form. Dr Kirsten Carter McKee is a Fellow of the Architectural History and Heritage department at the University of Edinburgh. She has published on the Third New Town, 19th and 20th century architecture and identity, and is currently researching how we can broaden our understanding and interpretation of heritage and history to be more inclusive to society as a whole.

Free but booking is essential. To book visit edinburghmuseums.org.uk or phone the City Art Centre on 0131 529 3993. This tour has full disabled access.

The Identity of Classicism: The Monuments and Buildings of Calton Hill