History events in Edinburgh

View all the upcoming History events taking place throughout Edinburgh below or use the calendar to find events taking place on a specific month or date.

Events in Edinburgh

Gun Salutes

Gun Salutes

Selected dates between 21st May 2021 - 15th November 2021

Join us at Edinburgh Castle for a number of gun salutes throughout the year. Each gun salute, unless otherwise stated, takes place at 12 noon.
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Inspiring Walter Scott

Inspiring Walter Scott

6th August 2021 - 9th January 2022

On the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's birth, experience his novels through objects that inspired him.
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Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

1st September 2021 - 31st October 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Have fun discovering Edinburgh on this quirky, self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!
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China: Through the Lens of John Thomson

China: Through the Lens of John Thomson

30th September 2021 - 22nd March 2022
Edinburgh West

The first Edinburgh exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in China is on display at the James Watt Centre, Heriot Watt University.
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Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

Selected dates between 3rd October 2021 - 6th March 2022

Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice!
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James VI and Witchcraft

James VI and Witchcraft

Selected dates between 7th October 2021 - 28th October 2021

Hear the story of Agnes Sampson, a woman from East Lothian, and discover the events which led to her being accused of witchcraft and questioned by the King himself.
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Visit the Best UK Attraction this October!

Visit the Best UK Attraction this October!

8th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia this October holidays to enjoy a day out with fun for all the family.
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Holyrood Herbs

Holyrood Herbs

14th October 2021 - 30th October 2021

This October half term join us on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to discover how herbs have been used for centuries at the Palace of HolyroodHouse.
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Talking Statues Walking Tours

Talking Statues Walking Tours

20th October 2021 - 27th October 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories – a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician.
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Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Selected dates between 21st October 2021 - 27th October 2021
Edinburgh Old Town

Join storyteller James Spence and National Library of Scotland curator Ralph McLean on a journey around the closes and wynds of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
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The Literary Medium

The Literary Medium

22nd October 2021 - 31st October 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Delve into the extra-ordinary stories of the best-selling books written over the Ouija Board, the ghosts sued for breach of contract and much more despite having been dead for over two centuries!
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Spooky History Live

Spooky History Live

27th October 2021 - 31st October 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Spooky History is a popular YouTube series that takes a look at the weird and paranormal, the creepy and cryptozoological, the spooky and the scary. 
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NTS Lecture Series - Archaeological Study of the Glencoe Townships

NTS Lecture Series - Archaeological Study of the Glencoe Townships

4th November 2021

Rediscovering the 17th and 18th century townships of Glencoe at this talk on 4th November at Gladstone's Land!
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Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

9th November 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

In 1860 Capt. F.W.L. Thomas sailed to St Kilda to take the first ever photographs of St Kilda. This is the story of the quest to give these St Kildans back their identity and to tell their story.
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Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

18th November 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

This talk given by Jim Scanlon, a member of Leith local history society and Leith Rules Golf Society, will explore the variety of notable people who have played golf on Leith Links.
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St Andrew’s Day: Scottish Signs and Symbols

St Andrew’s Day: Scottish Signs and Symbols

26th November 2021

Ahead of this St Andrew’s Day, discover the myths, legends and Royal stories behind several famous Scottish symbols, from thistles to unicorns!
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Up close: Holyrood Ordinal

Up close: Holyrood Ordinal

29th November 2021

The Holyrood Ordinal dates back to the fifteenth century. Discover this extraordinary Scottish liturgical manuscript up close for one day, with short talks from our curator.
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Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

30th November 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for an exploration of the 19th century Christmas through antique objects, many from her own collection which inspire her intricate etchings.
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Christmas at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots

Christmas at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots

2nd December 2021 - 16th December 2021

Come and see the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Palace and step back in time to discover how Mary, Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas over 400 years ago.
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NTS Lecture Series - Renaissance Painted Decoration in the 21st Century

NTS Lecture Series - Renaissance Painted Decoration in the 21st Century

2nd December 2021

This lecture describes some recent discoveries of highly decorated interiors, as well as the challenges facing conservators in caring for and displaying these rare survivals in the 21st century.
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Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

7th December 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Vicky Garrington explores a variety of historic dress from a much-mended maid’s uniform of the early 20th century to a sumptuous 18th century silk dress scattered with tulips.
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Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

19th December 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join us online for a special Christmas Tour at Lauriston Castle specifically designed for visually impaired visitors.
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Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself?

Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself?

3rd April 2022

It is time to meet the common folk as Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver turn the spotlight on those who gave their all for the Britain, we know today.
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Events in East Renfrewshire

Events in Fife

Loss + Resilience

Loss + Resilience

3rd September 2021 - 28th November 2021

This exhibition is a study in photography and film of the human stories underpinning Hull’s distant water trawling industry, its demise and legacy, by photographer and filmmaker Simon Sharp.

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The Arts Society Fife Lectures

The Arts Society Fife Lectures

Selected dates between 14th September 2021 - 14th December 2021

Check out The Arts Society Fife's online lectures taking place over the coming months where lecturers share their specialist knowledge on the arts!

Find out about The Arts Society Fife Lectures on What's On Fife

Events in Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

1st January 2020 - 31st December 2021

Have fun discovering Glasgow with a self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

Find out about Curious About Glasgow on What's On Glasgow
Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

26th April 2021 - 19th December 2021

This is a 1.5 - 2 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!

Find out about Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour on What's On Glasgow
Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Selected dates between 27th April 2021 - 23rd December 2021

Join a Historic Tour of the University of Glasgow the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world!

Find out about Historic Tours of Glasgow University on What's On Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Walking Tour

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Walking Tour

Selected dates between 5th June 2021 - 30th October 2021

Join Walking Tours in Glasgow to explore the streets of Mackintosh's home city to experience and witness his lasting legacy!

Find out about Charles Rennie Mackintosh Walking Tour on What's On Glasgow
Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours

Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours

Selected dates between 14th August 2021 - 31st December 2021

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis run regular friendly and informal walking tours of the Glasgow Necropolis!

Find out about Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours on What's On Glasgow
Glasgow Central Station Tours

Glasgow Central Station Tours

1st September 2021 - 31st December 2021

Glasgow Central Tours offer you the chance to explore behind the scenes of Glasgow's most iconic and busiest landmarks, Central Station!

Find out about Glasgow Central Station Tours on What's On Glasgow
The Lighthouse Building Tours

The Lighthouse Building Tours

Selected dates between 4th September 2021 - 18th December 2021

The Lighthouse hold tours every Saturday, they offer a great opportunity to learn about The Lighthouse building, but also about the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the city he was born in!

Find out about The Lighthouse Building Tours on What's On Glasgow
Welcome Back To Robert Burns: Forget The Biographies

Welcome Back To Robert Burns: Forget The Biographies

27th October 2021

On Wednesdays the team at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and volunteers hold a Highlight Talk exploring the life and works of Robert Burns, join them on October 27th for Welcome Back To Robert Burns!

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Closing Event: Jos Treen

Closing Event: Jos Treen

26th November 2021

Jos Treen and the Maryhill Burgh Halls want to invite you to a small evening reception to celebrate the success of Jos' 'Glasgow 1978' exhibition!

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Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

3rd September 2022 - 4th September 2022

Back for a fourth year, the Clydebuilt Festival will return to the Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship at Riverside on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of September 2022!

Find out about Clydebuilt Festival on What's On Glasgow

Events in Lanarkshire

Chatelherault to Low Parks Heritage Trail

Chatelherault to Low Parks Heritage Trail

29th June 2021 - 30th December 2021

Explore the walking and cycling route between two of South Lanarkshire's historic buildings, enjoying local heritage, whilst benefitting your health and wellbeing!

Find out about Chatelherault to Low Parks Heritage Trail on What's On Lanarkshire

Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Glenburn Heritage Group - Drop In Sessions

Glenburn Heritage Group - Drop In Sessions

Selected dates between 20th August 2021 - 10th December 2021

Glenburn Heritage Group are hosting weekly drop in sessions where they are inviting current or former residents of Glenburn to come along, chat about their memories and share old photographs!

Find out about Glenburn Heritage Group - Drop In Sessions on What's On Renfrewshire
Halloween Ghost Tour

Halloween Ghost Tour

30th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

Join Paisley Darkside Historical Walking Tours for one of their annual and ever popular Halloween Ghost Tours on Saturday 30th or Sunday 31st October!

Find out about Halloween Ghost Tour on What's On Renfrewshire

Events in Stirling and Falkirk

Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself? - CANCELLED

Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself? - CANCELLED

26th February 2022

It is time to meet the common folk as Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver turn the spotlight on those who gave their all for the Britain, we know today.

Events in Other Areas

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