Second level Slum life in Victorian Edinburgh tour

Take your learning into the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.  Your class will use archive images and maps as they explore the sites of Edinburgh's VIctorian slums on this teacher-designed and led tour

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Your slum life in Victorian Edinburgh tour - a quick description;

Our Victorian poverty tour is one of our favourite Edinburgh walking tours.  The school version is just as interesting.  So often schools have to rely on resources that focus on the lives of the rich or people who live in London!  We designed this tour to give your class a sympathetic understanding of what life was like for Edinburgh’s most impoverished people.

This tour will encourage your pupils to think about how history can have a bias in terms of social class.  Your class will compare maps with the streets they see today, and they’ll compare and contrast different archive images of the same building (and then compare that with the building as it looks today). 

There’s enough of the Victorian Old Town in evidence and even around us to let your class imagine what it was like to live in the slum dwellings of Edinburgh.   Edinburgh will act as a background that enables us to look at some of the most significant aspects of life for the Victorian poor - immigration, sectarianism, poverty, charity (and lack of) and judgemental attitudes are covered in this tour.  

There are many opportunities for your class to feel real outrage at the lives these people had to suffer.

£3 per pupil.  

No cost for adults.

Tour lasts for an hour and a half to two hours (depending upon your requirements).

Maximum of 36 people allowed with me in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

We can 'dovetail' your tour times (and finish location) around any workshops you have booked at Edinburgh Castle, Riddle's Court or the Museum of Scotland.

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​Some of the learning questions we can answer on this tour;

​A short video about our Victorian poverty activity tour;

We're currently working on producing a new video for this space.  Please check back soon!

February 22, 2022

Information about your activity tour;

​Your meeting place for this tour;

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Your guide will meet you on the front steps of the Museum of Scotland.  The Museum of Scotland is close to many bus routes.

Google Maps can't show the exact location, but the approximate one is shown here.