The University of Edinburgh is home to around 200,000 artefacts, works of art, potted material, models, specimens, musical instruments and scientific apparatus.
Some collections, like the Portrait Collection, began with the foundation of the University, and form the basis of the Fine Art Collection that can be seen on the walls of the public and private spaces in the University. Others, like the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, are of international significance and are held in the Reid Museum, open to the public as well as for University staff and students.
Most collections support scholarly research, some tell the story of the University’s past, some are used daily as teaching collections, while others, such as the Natural History Collections, are DNA libraries, while yet others glorify corporate spaces - they are all are part of the University’s rich cultural holdings.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) provides Museum support services.