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2020 saw 100 years since Leith became part of the City of Edinburgh; prior to that it was a separate burgh. Since we were not able to run these in person during 2020 we are celebrating them this year. Our talks programme explores the rich heritage of Leith and its unique identity.

From trading port, and fishing village, to municipal Burgh and industrial hub – the history of Leith is rich and varied. This lecture will consider how Leith has been depicted on maps from the 16th century to the present day, and explore how historical maps can help trace the social and commercial development of the Burgh over the centuries. Laragh Quinney is Maps Reading Room Manager for the National Library of Scotland, where she oversees the Maps Reading Room and Enquiry Service, and helps make available over 2 million maps in the Library’s collection.

This lecture will now be run online on Microsoft Teams; booking is essential as attendees will be sent joining instructions a day or so beforehand. If you do not hear from us an hour or so before, please check your junk or spam folder. If joining us on a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) you will need to install Teams onto your device beforehand, and also Microsoft Powerpoint if your device is older so that you can view any slides. The apps can be downloaded free from the App Store or the Google Play Store.


Leith 2020: Discovering Leith through Maps