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Edinburgh's 101 objects - launch of new visitor experience

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A new visitor experience for Edinburgh, which explores 1,000 years of the city's history through 101 objects, has been launched.

Edinburgh in 101 objects brings together fifty different partners, including attractions, universities and local pubs, each of which has selected unusual items which help tell the story of the city. More than eighty percent of the 101 objects can be found in places that are free to visit. 

There are objects housed in the national heritage institutions and the city’s collections, and also in less obvious locations, such as the Edinburgh Gurdwara or a classic Victorian pub.  

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Running until April 2018, the 12-month campaign forms part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, made possible by a city collaboration on an 'unprecedented scale'. 

Seven themes provide a thread through the Edinburgh’s 101 journey through time: 

  • Building a City
  • Faith & Nation
  • City of Innovation
  • Arts & Performance
  • Everyday Life
  • On the Dark Side
  • Books, Words, Ideas

A new website presents all 101 objects, providing an insight into each object’s personal history and its place within Edinburgh’s story. With each item numbered 1-101, visitors can explore the objects, arranging them by locale or theme, creating a personal visitor experience tailored to their interests. The site also acts as a mobile geo-mapped guidebook, enabling visitors to navigate the city and discover the physical objects for themselves.

Edinburgh’s 101 Objects, which celebrates Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, runs from May 2017-April 2018 in various locations across the city. People are invited to get involved with exploring, using the hashtag #Edinburgh101.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: “Our experts have carefully selected objects that are both intriguing in themselves and help us tell the wider story of the city and the World Heritage Site over a time span of 1,000 years. The different themes cover all aspects of the city’s extraordinary story and will help everyone discover the objects that they personally find fascinating as well as explore less visited corners of Edinburgh.”  
 

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