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Whose Town?

Explore the past and explain the present with Whose Town?

Edinburgh City Libraries award winning digital resource for schools

Whose Town? is an innovative resource for teaching social studies. It is a fun and interactive digital resource which brings Edinburgh’s history to life. It is built on the City of Edinburgh’s heritage collections and is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence second to fourth levels. Whose Town? is available on Glow, the Scottish schools’ intranet and on free CDs.

Whose Town? looks at Edinburgh’s past from 1850s to the 1950s through the eyes of people who lived there. There are 14 lives to discover who lived in Victorian times, at the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Second World War and in the Fifties. Archival material is collected in a digital box and hidden in an attic for pupils to uncover and examine. Each life is captured at a particular point in history, creating a snapshot of their life: a Life in a Box.

There are over 450 unique and original documents for teachers and pupils to explore. Maps, newspaper articles, photographs, objects, documents, video and audio clips, and the bits and bobs that everyone collects are all used to bring each person’s history to life. Whose Town? also contains a wealth of support materials for teachers from lesson plans to ideas on how to use archival materials in the classroom.

Whose Town? is a Heritage Lottery Funded project. It has been developed by Edinburgh City Libraries in collaboration with Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh City Archives, and has been supported by many partner organisations.

To find out more, visit Whose Town? or contact the Digital and Information Team at Central Library on 0131 242 8047.


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