Hidden Histories: Sickeningly Sweet - The Story of Edinburgh’s 18th Century Sugar Trade

This lecture on 23rd November looks at the history of Edinburgh and its burgeoning New Town, revealing how it was drawn into the sugar trade, as sugar entered through the Port of Leith.

Hidden Histories: Sickeningly Sweet - The Story of Edinburgh’s 18th Century Sugar Trade

About Hidden Histories: Sickeningly Sweet - The Story of Edinburgh’s 18th Century Sugar Trade

In the 18th century, West Indian sugar quickly became a fashionable and widely sought-after item in homes throughout the British Empire. Merchants and traders stood to make immense profits from this addictive commodity, but behind the sweet substance is the story of the slave trade, which made the industry a success.

The history of Edinburgh and its burgeoning New Town reveals the ways in which every part of the British Empire was drawn into the sugar trade, as sugar entered through the Port of Leith, making its way to the refineries and warehouses of the Royal Mile, and into the homes of residents like the Lamonts of 7 Charlotte Square.

This lecture is part of the Hidden Histories series, which deals with some of the lesser known and more contentious subjects from Edinburgh’s past. This series is aimed at adults and older teenagers; please consider the subject matter carefully if booking tickets for children younger than this.

Other lectures in the 2019 series are:

Scotch on the Rocks - Literary Friction in the Scottish Enlightenment at Newhailes

www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/hidden-histories-scotch-on-the-rocks-literary-friction-in-the-scottish-enlightenment

Worshipping at the Shrine of Venue - Sex Work in Old Town Edinburgh at Gladstone's Land

www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/hidden-histories-worshipping-at-the-shrine-of-venus-sex-work-in-old-town-edinburgh

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Hidden Histories: Sickeningly Sweet - The Story of Edinburgh’s 18th Century Sugar Trade are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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