“Behind the Façade: Edinburgh’s links with the Caribbean” with Lisa Williams

Wed 23rd Sept at 7pm

Join Lisa Williams, writer and founder of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, in a conversation with Professor Cliff Hague, the chairperson of the Cockburn Association, entitled “Behind the Façade: Edinburgh’s links with the Caribbean”.

Lisa and Cliff will discuss Lisa’s extensive research into the connections many of Edinburgh’s most notable buildings have to the Caribbean, Africa and Asia as well as her work with local school groups and other about strategies to unearth and share lesser known narratives about streets, memorials and landmarks across the city.

This is the third of five different and distinctive “Cockburn Conversations” in a series called “Opening the Doors to Hidden Histories” curated specially for the Cockburn’s 30th year hosting Doors Open Days events in Edinburgh.

Tickets to these events are free, but please do consider making a donation or even better, becoming a member. We are an independent conservation charity and we need your assistance toward our continuing work of protecting and promoting the qualities of Edinburgh.

Questions can be submitted in advance to admin@cockburnassociation.org.uk . Please subject your email: ‘Cockburn Conversations – Lisa Williams.

Only ONE ticket per screen, per event is required to be booked.

Lisa Williams is a writer, educator and an Honorary Fellow in the department of History, Classics and Archaeology in the University of Edinburgh. In 2015, she founded the Edinburgh Caribbean Association to bring together all those in Edinburgh with a love and affinity for and connection to the Caribbean. In 2018, she wrote an article for Historic Environment Scotland that explored and exposed Edinburgh’s links to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lisa shares the fruits of her research in this field in her Black History Walking Tours of Edinburgh, which take attendees on a tour through the city, recountling little-known stories of the Scottish capital’s deep connections to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Professor Cliff Hague is a freelance consultant, researcher, author and trainer and chairperson of the Cockburn Association. Professor Hague taught generations of Scottish and international planners and was Head of the then Department of Town and Country Planning in Edinburgh College of Art / Heriot-Watt University. Today, he is Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and has previously been the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and of the Commonwealth Association of Planners and the Chair of Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Founded in 1875, the Cockburn Association is Scotland’s oldest conservation body. Our purpose is to enhance the amenity of Edinburgh and its neighbourhood and to protect its rich architectural and landscape heritage. We are a membership organisation, open to everyone who is passionate about our city.  “Cockburn Conversations” provides a contemporary and public forum, reminiscent of the coffee houses, salons and taverns of Edinburgh in the age of Enlightenment, where we discuss and debate important contemporary civic issues that affect the city and its communities today.

Have a look on Eventbrite or our social media channels for information about the other Cockburn Conversations in this series and watch out for future events.

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