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The Big Read: Edinburgh Life

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New Town

New town

250 years ago, Edinburgh launched a competition to design a ‘New Town’ for the Scottish capital. This film tells the story of how the winning plan by James Craig was made real, transforming Edinburgh into the most perfect Georgian city on Earth.

The Secret History of Our Streets: The Moray Estate

The secret history of our streets

This episode looks at the Moray Estate in Edinburgh's ancient New Town, a street unlike anywhere else in Britain, with an architecture and a people seemingly unchanged since McLevy's time.

Our Town Stories

Explore Edinburgh’s rich history through archival stories, images and historical maps from Edinburgh Libraries. Click on the map to see photographs and read descriptions of Mclevy's Edinburgh. 

Our Town Stories

Songs of Scotland

A photograph of a berliner gramaphone

Listen to this Berliner Gramophone recording of Songs of Scotland from c.1890. Did McLevy listen to music like this?

Castle of Edinburgh: A Suite of Waltzes

Castle of Edinburgh

A suite of waltzes written for piano from 1845.

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