Edinburgh World Heritage – WH Day 2023

April 11, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

  • Thursday 20th April 2023 @ 6pm
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

In August 2022, the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review Group published its report on how slavery and colonialism is represented in the city’s public realm.

The review group, which was chaired by Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, made ten recommendations about how the city should understand and acknowledge the legacy of slavery and colonialism. One of these recommendations was that statues, monuments, buildings and street names associated with slavery and colonialism in Edinburgh should be retained and re-presented, using a new interpretation strategy. 

For Edinburgh’s World Heritage Day event, they have invited Sir Geoff Palmer to detail the work of the review group, explain its recommendations and explore how the city can re-present Edinburgh’s connections to slavery and colonialism in the public realm.

Edinburgh cannot change the past, but it can influence attitudes now and in the future; how the city can achieve this in its public realm, steeped as it is in history, is a fascinating discussion and they hope that you will join them to explore these questions and more.


In person (includes drinks reception):

  • Members £8
  • Non-members £12


  • Member £6
  • Non-members £10

To book, click here.

This event will also be recorded, and the recording later distributed to ticket holders. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Edinburgh World Heritage via email at events@ewht.org.uk