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Hiding in plain sight: the legacy of slavery and colonialism in Edinburgh

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Nicholas Hotham explores Edinburgh's historic connections to slavery and colonialism, and asks how, or if, we should address them.

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Edinburgh World Heritage presents

Hiding in plain sight:

the legacy of slavery and colonialism in Edinburgh

with Nicholas Hotham

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During its 'Golden Age' in the 18th and 19th centuries, Edinburgh was economically, socially, and culturally intertwined with slavery and colonialism. But until relatively recently this fact had been forgotten, or even ignored. With Edinburgh's colonial past becoming more frequently acknowledged and discussed, it is time to ask about the human cost that lies behind one of the world's most beautiful cities.

In this free new talk, Nicholas Hotham, former Head of Engagement at Edinburgh World Heritage, will present an objective view of Edinburgh's connections to slavery and colonialism during the 18th and 19th centuries, and ask what, if anything, we should do about it.

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  • Date: Thursday 20 January 2022
  • Time: 6pm
  • Venue: online
  • Tickets: Free

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  • Join us on 20 January via the link in your Eventbrite confirmation email

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via email at members@ewht.org.uk.

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Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage status is a dynamic force that benefits everyone. Our mission is to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – whether through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to the public realm, or engaging people directly with the rich heritage of their city.

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