Leith Primary and Scotland’s Whaling Industry


Pupils from schools around Scotland delve into their local history and produce their own radio documentary. This week, taking over the microphones are the Primary 5 pupils of Leith Primary School in Edinburgh as they set out to discover more about their community’s links to Scotland’s whaling industry.

The story begins in Leith in 1750 as maritime historian Eric Graham tells of the first whalers to leave for the Arctic to hunt the Greenland whale. But it’s a journey that ends in the south, in the Antarctic, over two hundred years later as the pupils hear the memories first hand from some of the whalers who left Leith bound for South Georgia.

Black Minstrelsy in Scotland

City Arts Centre
Market Street
City Arts Centre

For Black History Month in October 2018 The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and the City Art Centre would like to invite you to a series of afternoon talks that will give an insight into Scotland’s history. The talks are free and take place at The City Art Centre.

Dr Eric Graham will discuss the Black faced minstrel shows from America at a critical time in the battle for “hearts & minds” on the issue of slavery in the southern states of America – in the two decades prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The great emancipation campaigner Frederick Douglass, then in Scotland, denounced the shows as rooted in racist bigotry.

Further info and booking here: www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on

Kirkcaldy and the Whale

Conference for Kirkcaldy Civic Society.

Speakers include:
Dr Eric Graham: The Bounty Hunters and the Innuit
Dr. Rob David: The Story of the “Abram”, a Kirkcaldy Whaling Ship
Matt Ylitalo B.Sc. B.A. M. Litt: Steamships, Stowaways and Smithsonian Polar Bear
Sonja Heinrich: From Whaling to Whale Science – why whales matter and how we study them
Jo Woolf (RSGS): Shackleton\’s Trek for Life to the Graves of Whales
Also – Kirkcaldy\’s Beached Whales/Leith Harbour and Scottish Involvement in the Antartic 20th Century Whale Hunting

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kirkcaldy-and-the-whale-tickets