Another useful and interesting free online resource comes to the web from Edinburgh Library and Information Services. It’s a great way to explore Scotland’s capital city’s past through stories, images and historical maps from the collections of libraries.
This aggregate of resources is the largest collection of material about the Scottish capital city in the world and includes rare or unique items.
Find your way around the map like a regular Google map. Click and drag to pan around, and use your mouse wheel or the zoom control on the left to zoom in and out. There are some features that automatically adjust the zoom level and map boundaries for you.
- Read stories of Edinburgh’s people, places and city life; including the story of Greyfriars Bobby; the hidden gems of Edinburgh’s literary connections and the stories behind some of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks and monuments.
- Trace your family’s social history
- Use the map to find images of Edinburgh both past and present
- Discover how familiar places like George Street, the Meadows and North Bridge have changed through Then and Now images
- Explore historical maps tracing Edinburgh’s development since 1700
- Take a look at the wonderful Capital Collections, which has recently changed. It still has the same amazing images of Edinburgh and beyond, but there are now more ways to enjoy them. You can explore images of Edinburgh by date or on a map interface. Capital Collections has always had fabulous exhibitions but now you can scroll through all the images in an exhibition with ease.
Click on blue pins to read stories about Edinburgh.
Click on orange pins to see images.
The larger pins let you see Edinburgh Then and Now.
For Historical Maps
Click on yellow pins to display historical maps overlaid on the main map.
Click on the grey Reset button to return the map to its initial state, zooming to show all of Edinburgh and displaying the period 1850–1950.
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To visit this wonderful site, click on Edinburgh’s history through Stories, Images and Historical Maps from Edinburgh Libraries.