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A Tale of Two Cities

Old painting of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle welcomes a fantastic new multimedia exhibition this week, just in time for Scotland’s Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design.

A Tale of Two Cities tells visitors about the best of times and the worst of times in the world heritage cities of Edinburgh and Nanjing, using a combination of archive material, art and interactive content.

Child looking at interactive display

When you think about similar cities, Edinburgh and the Chinese city of Nanjing may not be the first pair that spring to mind. But the two have more in common than you might think.

Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach for Historic Environment Scotland, explained, “when I was curating the exhibition along with Nanjing Museum, I was fascinated to uncover the similarities between Edinburgh and Nanjing. These cities have shared key periods of ambitious expansion and change, and are both impressive examples of urban innovation and historical preservation.”

The stories of the cities and the people who lived in them are brought to life with a series of drawings, photographs and aerial images of the two cities. Housed in the castle’s Royal Apartments until 14th February 2016, here’s what visitors can see:

  1. Enter Queen Mary’s Chamber (just beside the Crown Gift Shop to learn how the cities of Edinburgh and Nanjing were formed.
  2. Move into the antechamber to peel back layers of history using digital touch tables. See aerial views of the two cities side by side, then tap on the display to uncover individual stories.
  3. Head into the Laich Hall to find out how the two cities expanded to make sure their residents had enough space – from the end of the 17th Century until the present day.

Three images showing parts of the exhibition

This exhibition is fully bilingual, with all the information presented in both English and Mandarin. It was co-curated by Historic Environment Scotland and Nanjing Museum, and developed by Edinburgh-based Nomad Exhibitions.

A Tale of Two Cities will be on display to the public at Edinburgh Castle from 9th December 2015 to 14th February 2016. It is included in your admission ticket.



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