Whose Town? for schools

Whose Town? is an award-winning resource for teaching Social Studies that enables you to Explore the past and explain the present. It is an interactive digital resource that lets you explore the lives of fourteen real people who lived in Edinburgh between the 1850s and 1950s. Archival material is "collected" in a digital box and hidden in an attic for pupils to uncover and examine. 

Whose Town? focuses on four separate eras:

 •  Victorian Edinburgh: Edinburgh in the late Victorian era (1870s - 1890s)

 •  Brave New World: Edinburgh at the turn of the twentieth century (1900 - 1914)

 •  Carrot Jam and Pudding Pie: Edinburgh during the Second World War (1939 - 1945)

 •  Change in the Air: Edinburgh in the 1950s 

Pupils can work with over 450 original documents in digital format for topic and skills based work. Maps, newspaper articles, photographs, objects, documents, video and audio clips and the bits and bobs everyone collects are all used to bring a person's history to life.

Whose Town? is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence second to fourth level outcomes. It is intended to help teachers plan programmes of learning in Social Studies – people, past events and societies, with particular reference to the Scottish dimension (second to fourth levels). However, it could be used as a source of texts for pupil to develop skills in Critical Literacy and Higher Order Thinking Skills.

The relevant experiences and outcomes linked to the Curriculum for Excellence can be found in the supporting documents ‘Ideas for Teachers’ contained within the Teaching Materials box and in Teaching Ideas in the Resource Bank.


Whose Town? is available on free CD.

Whose Town? could be used in a number of ways, including:
 • Independent pupil work through the Pupil route looking for specific information, developing note-taking and note-making skills

Working with the teacher being guided through either the Pupil or Teacher route

Collaborative group work, through the Pupil route, looking at evidence, developing an understanding of the era and the person, which could be further developed in activities guided through the Teacher route


 • Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk to request a free CD 

 • Explore the attached lesson plans


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