Our Town Stories: Edinburgh

How to use

Explore Edinburgh’s past through images and maps from the collections of Edinburgh Libraries.

You can explore the map like a regular Google map. Click and drag to pan around, and use your mouse wheel or the zoom control on the right to zoom in and out. Some features will automatically adjust the zoom level and map boundaries for you.

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Choose a map pin and discover more about the city’s history in that area.


Click on blue pins to read stories about Edinburgh.

Red Image Pin


Click on a red pin to see an image from that area.

Red and orange Then & Now pin


Click on the striped pins to slide between old and newer images of the same view.

Green Map pin


Click on green pins to display historical maps overlaid on the main map.

Purple Audio Video Pin


Click on a purple pin to watch or listen.

Pink People Pin


Click on a pink pin to find out about someone from Edinburgh.


Drag the sliders on the timeline to see images, Then & Now images, maps, people and audio/video between the dates you’ve chosen to explore. Please note, stories are not affected by the timeline.

You can use the tick boxes to turn stories, images, Then & Now images, maps, people and audio/video content on or off the map within your timeline choice.


To view lists of all the different website content, click ‘Browse’ at the top right of your screen.

Screengrab of the Browse button


Search across all stories, images, maps, people and audio/video by using the keyword search function found in the header.

Our Town Stories aims to be as enjoyable as possible for all our site visitors. Please visit our Accessibility Statement page to find out how to navigate the website using alternative methods. If you have ideas for improvements that we could consider making, please drop us an email.