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The lecture traces the multiple fascinating episodes in history that made Edinburgh Castle the tourist attraction it is today. Walter Scott ‘discovered’ the Crown jewels of Scotland, and these together with stories of Mary Queen of Scots remain central to meanings for tourist and citizen. This lecture will however unlock many other stories. By 2017, the Castle has become a multi layered site of meanings and stories, many forgotten. Robert John Morris remains Professor Emeritus, having taught economic and social history for many years at Edinburgh University. He has written widely on the middle classes, urban development and associational culture. Publications include Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870, and Scotland 1907. The Many Scotlands of Valentine and Sons, photographers.


All of our lecture mornings cost £9 and include a friendly lecture where you have the opportunity to meet our guest lecturer, have coffee and cakes and get a special tour.

Take advantage of our special offer, book 10 lectures for £80.

The Making of a 21st century Edinburgh Castle – Fortress, Barracks, Monument and Commodity.