Edinburgh World Heritage - Nelson Monument - Learning


Nelson Monument - Learning

As a key part of the Nelson Monument restoration in 2009, EWH managed an associated learning project.

New Exhibition

A series of graphic display panels were installed to improve interpretation for visitors. This new display is located in a room on the south side of the monument, not previously open to the public.

There are three display panels covering the role of Scots at the Battle of Trafalgar, the development of the building and the Time Ball.

Doors Open Day Event

The newly restored Nelson Monument was first opened to the public on Doors Open Day, Saturday 26 September 2009. The event was a great success with 1,361 visitors through the day.

Two costumed interpreters presented the history of the monument for visitors. In the characters of Mrs Kerr, the first 'keeper' of the building, and James Doig, a veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar, they told stories of Lord Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars.

In addition, an art facilitator provided a variety of activities for visitors to participate in. Children were invited to design their own signalling flag, a quiz sheet was prepared, and visitors also helped construct a huge picture of a ship's compass on top of Calton Hill, using rice, lentils and beans.

Schools Storytelling Sessions

In November 2009 a series of storytelling tours for primary schools were held at the Nelson Monument. A total of 150 school children from Leith Walk, Craigentinny, Lorne and Abbeyhill Primary Schools took part, with tours led by Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.


A 1/3 A4 leaflet was produced, translated into several different languages, to be available at the monument and on-line.

Teachers’ Pack

A teachers’ pack for the Nelson Monument was produced, funded by the Ernest Cook Foundation.

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