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Talk for Edinburgh World Heritage: 12 October 2023

Edinburgh. The Spoils of Progress. Reimaging Edinburgh's waste landscapes. With Dr Jonathan Gardner

As part of  Reimagining Waste Landscapes I am giving a talk to Edinburgh World Heritage on 12 October 2023 at 6pm.

In the talk I will discuss the hidden history of Edinburgh’s artificial landscapes and the materials that were used in their construction. This shares new research into the how rubble and waste materials that make these landscapes can be used to tell the history of Edinburgh.

Taking us on a journey from land reclaimed from the Firth of Forth in Leith and Granton, down the Mound, and up West Lothian shale bings, the talk explores where rubble and waste material comes from, what it is made of, and how the landscapes made from waste are used today. By investigating this hidden material, we can learn something about how heritage and the environment have been valued at different times in Edinburgh’s recent past, and how ‘progress’ in one area may cause unexpected or negative consequences for another.



In person (includes drinks reception):

  • Members £8
  • Non-members £12


  • Member £6
  • Non-members £10


  • Date: Thursday 12 October 2023
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Venue: Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138/140 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR

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This event will also be recorded, and the recording later distributed to ticket holders. If you have any questions, please contact using the email address 

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