This is a list of some of the organisations, groups, and other projects related to social history and cultural mapping of Leith and Edinburgh. It is by no means exhaustive, of course.
The Living Memory Association, which was established in 1986, is an Edinburgh based group that aims to bring people together through reminiscence. They run two reminiscence centres, the Wee Museum of Memory at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, and the Wee Museum of Memory (West Lothian) at The Centre in Livingston. They run storytelling-related workshops, and podcasts.
Spirit of Leithers is a Facebook group dedicated to past and present Leith. You can find a lot of photos, old and new, historical information, and personal memories.
Hundreds of digitised maps, including Charles Goad's maps of many Scottish cities. All maps can be browsed and searched, and you can order printouts. The digitised maps form part of the extensive digital resources of the National Library.
Other Resources
Dictionaries of the Scots Language is Scotland's independent lexicographical body for the Scots language. They are responsible for the major dictionaries of the Scots language, including a handy phone app.
This is the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. It is where you can apply for copies of official certificates, access census returns, church records, and birth and death certificates among other official documents. The indexes can be searched for free, but you need to pay if you want to download documents.
The Post Office Directories were the equivalent of the phone book and the yellow pages. The National Libry of Scotland have digitised the directories from 1773 to 1911. In them you can find where people lived and how they earned their living.
Capital Collections is the image library for the collections of Edinburgh Libraries, Museums and Galleries, and is run by Edinburgh Council. This particular page relates to depictions of, and references to Leith, from paintings and photos, to digitised manuscripts and postcards. For a fee, you can download high resolution images.
A large collection of digitised material related to Leith from the University of Edinburgh. Amongst other things, you can find the Leith Imporvement Scheme photos, some of which you can see in our map.
Past Map is where you can find information about every historical site, monument, and listed building in Scotland on a single map. The site is run by Historic Environment Scotland.
A research project on syntactic and grammar phenomena encountered in spoken Scots today. You can explore the collected data on a map, listen to the recorded conversations, and find out about the dialectal diversity of Scots.
Other projects
100 Days of Leith is a celebration of the port through one hundred stories about its past and present people, and its urban landscape. It was created on the 100th anniversary of Leith's amalgamation with Edinburgh.
A digital exhibition by Edinburgh Museums and Galleries. It showcases stories and objects related to coastal Edinburgh life, from Portobello to South Queensferry.
Granton Civicscope is an academic project about the development of Granton, Muirhouse and Pilton. It lays out the post-war history of this part of North Edinburgh, from the aspirations of the architectural drawings, to archive photos of life through the decades, to community videos from anti-racist demonstrations in the 1980s. This is an academic project forming part of the Edinburgh Future's Institute Data Civics Programme.
A mapping project exploring Edinburgh's history through images held by the Edinburgh Central Library. It showcases the large heritage collections of the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection at Central Library. You will find many old photos juxtaposed with their respective 2021 views.
A mapping project exploring Edinburgh (and Leith) through the places mentioned in 500 novels, stories, memoirs and journals. You can trace the path created by a single work or author, or find how a particular part of Edinburgh has been involved in the literary history of the city.
A virtual walk around Leith with a focus on the murals and artists' studios. You can find audio and video telling the stories behind the murals, those of the artists living and working in Leith. The virtual walks were created in collaboration with The Culture and Communities Mapping Project, which uses maps to focus on the distribution of cultural infrastructure around Edinburgh.
Frederick Douglass was an American born into slavery, who came to Edinburgh and became an antislavery campaigner. The National Library of Scotland tell his story along with these of other black abolitionists in Edinburgh through a series of archive maps and photos.
A map of Edinburgh with a queer perspective. The stories of queer landmarks in the city, as well as personal stories were collected during a workshop at the City Art Centre to celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2019.
The University of Edinburgh's Futures InstituTe (EFI) produced this experimental tour of Leith Walk in 2019. They used visual data from Google Earth and a commentary narrated via speech synthesis. The EFI have also produced a number of videos that relate to Edinburgh's architectural histories and ideologies.