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Tuesday 5 October 2021, 10.30am– 12 noon

This year sees 100 years since Leith became part of the City of Edinburgh, prior to that it was a separate burgh. 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.


All our lecture mornings cost £9 and include a friendly lecture where you can meet our guest lecturer, have coffee and cakes and get a special tour. Take advantage of our special offer, book 10 lectures for £80 when you book in person or over the phone.

Book online by clicking 'book here'.

By phone - 0131 529 3993 (Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm)

In person - City Art Centre Reception, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh (Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm)

Leith 2020: Discovering Leith through Maps