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King for a day

Last month we asked you to send through your memories of King’s Buildings and we hope the following reminiscences will prompt a few more.

JCMB in the 1980s

As part of our regular Landmark feature in Edit magazine, we ask for your memories of a notable Edinburgh location.

The next edition features King’s Buildings campus, the home of Science and Engineering and the recollections you have submitted so far are a brilliant mix of the academic, the social and the slightly bizarre.

From Peter Higgs to pizza in JCMB

Here are some of our picks from the memories that we have received so far.

We would also welcome any photographs that you have from you time at KB. As you can see from the image we have used, our archives laregly document buildings and the campus rather than student life.

“I loved listening to Prof Higgs with his tight roll neck tops on talking about quantum physics. Fascinating.” 

Peter Wood

“The KB Union allowed the Chemical Engineering Society to take over the kitchens in 1985 for our Burns Supper, and the Chemical Engineering students set to peeling the tatties and peeling and chopping the neeps. I'm sure the production process in evidence that day held many of us in good stead when we went on to make chemicals on a large scale.”

Fiona MacFarlane

“I remember a group of biologists planning to organise everyone in the Darwin building to run to one side at the same time to see if they could tip the building over, given that it did not seem to be constructed on a vertical.”

Andrew Kennedy

The first thing that comes to mind is all of us staying up late in King's trying to finish a 24-hour quantum mechanics assignment. We ended up having pizza delivered to the JCMB while we racked our brains for solutions. It was brutal in a way, but we at least felt like we were in the struggle together.”

Oliver Tandy

Your memories

Have these prompted some memories of your own? We would love to hear from you and make sure that the Edit feature covers all aspects of King’s Buildings student life. You can post your reminiscences to our LinkedIn group or send them by email to the usual place.

King’s Buildings memories on LinkedIn

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As part of Alumni Weekend 2015 our academic talks shine a spotlight on the College of Science and Engineering, with sessions offering insight into current thinking and research from all seven Schools in the College. Take advantage of exclusive access, behind the scenes tours and unique events including seeing FloWave in action, the Rushbrook Fire Laboratory and 50 years of the Higgs Boson. Find out more by visiting the event website at

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