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Eighteenth century visitor brought back to life

The letters of an English visitor to Edinburgh in 1774 will be re-created in a series of short films.

Oct 22, 2010

Edward Topham stayed in Edinburgh for several months over 1774-5, and wrote letters to friends in London which were later published, forming a remarkable social history record of the city.

Filming started on the ‘Edinburgh Adventures of Mr Topham’ earlier this month, as part of the on-going Auld Reekie learning campaign looking at life in Georgian Edinburgh.

The six short videos have been shot around the Old and New Towns, with young actor Alistair Bruce playing the part of Edward Topham. Each film deals with a different aspect of everyday life as described in Topham’s own words, such as socialising, Old and New Town houses, and caddies.

The backdrops for each of the films are atmospheric locations in the World Heritage Site, such as Old Town closes and secluded New Town courtyards.

To support the films, downloadable guides will also be produced with specially commissioned artwork to help illustrate Topham’s experiences. The films will be available soon in the Auld Reekie section of this website.

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