While the City of Edinburgh is known for its vibrant public arts and cultural festivals, less is known about who accesses these cultural assets or about geographic differences across its cultural landscape. This research consists of surveying existing cultural spaces through seven public participatory mapping workshops conducted in 2019, and combining the results with public data and web scraped data in 2020. The main output is a digital map of cultural spaces enriched with demographic and geographic layers, including the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, waterways, bike paths, open green spaces, public art, street art, and schools. The map remains a ‘living’ work-in-progress, as users can suggest edits and additions on the contact page.

The map is also a scaffold for qualitative and artistic projects. With LeithLate we’ve design a virtual tour of the Leith neighbourhood’s murals and art studios, and we’re designing resources for public transit riders and cyclists wanting to explore cultural spaces outside the city centre. We’re also conducting research on the importance of cultural hubs to communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We hope these resources will be of use to artists and cultural sector workers interested in Edinburgh’s cultural geography and to advance research in arts equity and access to culture in Edinburgh.

Use the map to:

Click on a space to see a pop-up window showing address, URL & description.
Search for places & discover new assets in your neighbourhood.
Explore ‘Layers’ to understand cultural spaces in different contexts.
Provide feedback of missing or closed spaces & send us images if they are missing.

Download this guide for instructions on how to use the map.

About the Team:

Dr Morgan Currie is the Principle Investigator of the Culture and Communities Mapping Project and a Lecturer in Data & Society in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Melisa Miranda is an Architect who has been involved in several cultural mapping projects as well as app and web design. She uses her expertise in design to facilitate the communication between communities and cartographies. She is currently Research Fellow on The Culture and Communities Mapping Project. Her job has been to collect and manage the project’s cultural dataset and to map and organise all this information in a readable way. She also designed the methodology used in the project’s participatory mapping workshops.

Vikki Jones is a PhD Researcher at Edinburgh College of Art and a Research Assistant for the Culture and Communities Mapping project. Her work examines the value of digital labour and practice in the arts and creative industries. She is currently investigating how cultural organisations and spaces are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joshua is the Director of Traveltech for Scotland, a business cluster organisation getting behind Scotland’s Traveltech pioneers. He works at the University of Edinburgh where he leads on the application of data-driven innovation for the tourism and festival sectors. He previously worked at The Data Lab where he led programmers to improve data science skills across Scotland. He joined from Nesta where he established the £10m Longitude Prize, that featured on BBC Horizon’s 50th Anniversary Episode. Prior to joining Nesta in October 2013, Joshua worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina developing and delivering projects related to constitutional reform and reconciliation.


Go here or email us at culturalmapping [at] ed.ac.uk for any feedback or to suggest edits or updates to the map.


The Culture and Communities Mapping Project has received generous support from the City of Edinburgh Council, the Edinburgh  Futures Institute and Data Driven Innovation at the University of Edinburgh.

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