School of Divinity

Singing the Reformation Exhibition

The Singing the Reformation free exhibition takes place in the Exhibition Room, Main University Library, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh 6 August to 28 October 2011.

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  • Step into the world of Reformation Scotland to see and hear how singing touched everyone.
  • Listen to the early music that was sung and played in early modern Scotland whilst viewing the original musical manuscripts and musical instruments.
  • Investigate how music was found within church and chamber and was part of life in ordinary households as well as in the royal court.
  • See how contemporary visual images of the natural world found in wall panels and paintings, minatures and needlework complement the songs and all ‘sing’ together with a 'chereful voyce'.
  • Examine the most important surviving source for Scotland’s early music found within Thomas Wode’s partbooks.
  • View all eight Partbooks brought together from across the world for the very first time.
  • Follow the careers of Thomas Wode, the man who preserved the music and of his patron Lord James Stewart, Regent Moray.
  • With the help of contemporary books, manuscripts, paintings and maps enter into the soundscape surrounding a Scot during the reign of King James VI.
  • Understand the role of psalm singing before and after the Protestant Reformation and how it continues to this day.

Opening Times

August 6-31 (Festival Fringe):

Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

Saturday 10:00-17:00 Closed Sunday.


Please note on Tues 6th September the exhibition will not open to the public until 11:00.

Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Iphone app

The WodePsalter Iphone app accompanies the Singing the Reformation free exhibition taking place at the University of Edinburgh from 6 August to 28 October 2011.

The app allows you to explore in more detail some of the objects that will be on display, examine samples of the transcribed scores from the part books and listen to excerpts of the music.

It can be downloaded at no cost from the ITunes store.

The work was funded by a CAHSS Knowledge Exchange grant.