TRAVEL GAZETTE – A NEW exhibition exploring the links between Edinburgh and other major cities has opened at Edinburgh Castle.
A Tale of Two Cities pairs the Scottish capital with other locations that have shared key periods of change over the centuries, and uses a combination of archival material and innovative technology to explain the stories of two cities.
Co-curated by new public heritage body, Historic Environment Scotland, the exhibition takes visitors on an interactive journey showing how cities develop over time.
Using archival material and digital touch tables, the exhibition spans the centuries.
Visitors are able to chart Edinburgh’s development from when Arthur’s Seat was an active volcano, through the creation of the Old and New towns, right up to the present day.
Visitors can also explore parallel development in Edinburgh’s partner cities using an interactive exhibit which strips back the layers of urban history.
Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach for Historic Environment Scotland, said,
“I am thrilled that the exhibition can now be seen in Scotland for the first time. When I was curating it, I was fascinated to uncover the similarities between Edinburgh and Nanjing. These cities have shared key periods of ambitious expansion and change, and are both impressive examples of urban innovation and historical preservation.
“What we are now doing is taking this concept on the road, working with other world cities that have experienced similar stories. It’s fantastic to be able to announce the new partnership with Lisbon Museums. What started as a tale of two cities has become a tale of three cities, and we hope this number will continue to grow in the future.”
A Tale of Two Cities will be on display to the public at Edinburgh Castle until 14th February 2016. This exhibition is included in the cost of admission to the castle.