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Book showcases architectural legacy

A new book highlights the history of the University through its celebrated buildings.

Cover of Building Knowledge: An Architectural History of the University of Edinburgh

It tells the story of the University’s architecture, from its first buildings up to the present day.

Building Knowledge: An Architectural History of the University of Edinburgh is published today (Friday 30 June) by Historic Environment Scotland.

Architectural treasures

Recent research by the University and Historic Environment Scotland has shed new light on the institution’s architectural history.

Combining new photography with rare archive material, authors Nick Haynes and Clive B. Fenton explore the evolution of the University through its architecture.

Their book also reveals how the University’s buildings have been adapted over time to accommodate new teaching styles.

It highlights key figures who have graced the University’s halls, labs and lecture theatres. These include physicist Peter Higgs, philosopher David Hume, writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Dolly the Sheep.

Expanding access

All proceeds from sales of the book will support the O’Shea Global Scholars Initiative.

The scheme advances the work of the Principal in expanding access to the University during his 15 years as Principal.

It provides a range of scholarships to bring students to the University – in person and through distance learning – and sends Edinburgh students abroad.

This book will add to the general understanding of our buildings and should add further to the pleasure that they offer. Many of our buildings are very beautiful and we have been working hard to be good custodians of our heritage. Attractive, well-designed and carefully stewarded buildings make our students, staff and the public happy.
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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Building Knowledge: An Architectural History of the University of Edinburgh

O’Shea Global Scholars Initiative