Routes to Roots

Project Information

Routes to Roots: Adopting Scotland as a Homeland is an exciting new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for two years. The project aims to explore the intertwining shared heritage of Scottish and diverse communities and mainstream the histories of minority ethnic communities in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The project will be working mainly with the South Asian, African, Polish, Spanish and Chinese communities.

The project will work through three main strands:

  • Interviews: We will be interviewing prominent members from the minority communities and recording their stories through video that will be shared on social media and YouTube. A selection of these will then be transcribed and put into a book that will be published at the end of the project and exhibited around the city.
  • Heritage Podcasts: Creating a weekly podcast on various topics relating to the heritage of these communities. Again, we will be posting these on social media and YouTube.
  • Heritage Site Visits: We will be organising periodic trips to various heritage sites in the area for groups of up to 15 people throughout the two year period.

Routes to Roots is funded by:




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Routes to Roots is a volunteer driven project and we are always looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers for the project.
Roles include:

  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Organising interviews
  • Filming, editing, recording interviews
  • Research
  • Organising heritage site visits
  • Translating

Contact Us

To keep up to date with the project follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Youtube
If you would like to get in touch please email the Project Coordinator, Neil Ogilvy, on