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How can we progress when our colonial past is celebrated in public squares?

CW: slavery Our country is a trophy cabinet for colonial figures.  As I walk through Edinburgh’s streets, the large stone men on top of horses and pillars loom across the skyscape. They are strikingly obvious. But their colonial histories aren’t.  Edinburgh’s New Town was built from slave trade profits and is stuffed with statues honouring […]

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Public Art in Edinburgh

Public art is public: visually, and physically accessible by anyone. In Edinburgh, public art cannot be avoided, there are a vast number of sculptures, murals, and installations. This raises the question: what should be displayed? Given that public art forms part of our daily experience, it is important to interrogate what is chosen to become […]

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Debate: Should statues of problematic historical figures be removed from our cities?

For: Statues do not help educate us about our country’s dark past By Carlotta Mickeleit History is not just a thing of the past; it influences our everyday life. In a city like Edinburgh, one is constantly aware of its presence as it looks down on us through the eyes of dozens of statues. One […]