Sunday, 1 June 2008

Radical Canongate - a look at the radical routes of the canongate and Old Town

Radical Canongate by Craig Maclean - Activist, Photographer and Community Artist
7pm - 9 pm 2nd June 2008 at Canongate Project, 8 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh
Craig Maclean will be showing a short film from the 30s, pictures from the Mining Museum and pictures from the Anti-Poll Tax struggle to look at events in the Canongate where people have taken radical action. Craig will introduce lens based recordings of events in the Canongate and discuss the events, possible from personal reminisce and explore the importance of how the Save Our Old Town campaign and Canongate Project is being recorded, and why it's important not to just leave it to the evening news.

12.30 to 2 pm, 8th June 2008, walk through the Old Town meet at Canongate Project, 8 St Mary's Street
Allan Armstrong has taken an interest in the radical history of Scotland and Ireland for most of his life. Allan is a socialist, activist and trade unionist. Allan will look at the role Edinburgh's Old Town played in shaping radical Scotland and the world. From dissident lawyers, dissenters and protesters to riots and marches to Marx and Engels. Allan will explore the graves, lanes and closes of the Old Town taking you on an adventure of protest, declaration and the demand for liberty and equality.

Edinburgh's "radical road" around the crags was built by "radicals" fleeing persecution from the west of Scotland (in the 19th Century) who were given sanctuary and work in the city, the Radical Road was the fruits of their labour.
For a wider view of the radical road click here

NB: The walk will not include a walk up the radical road