Edinburgh Impact

Culture and creativity

Advances in the creative economies and an exploration of the cultural heritage of Scotland and other countries and peoples.

The University is active in vibrant areas of the creative economies such as gaming, music, the visual arts, film, and graphic design. Its research also enriches topics including tourism, festivals, and the rich cultural heritage of Scotland and other countries.

Discover how Edinburgh's influence helps shape and inform our culture and creativity.


Blue dye disperses on a white background

Chasing the blues

The hunt for a naturally occurring blue – something that is surprisingly rare – that can be produced at scale led a collaboration of researchers and a biotech firm to an unlikely source – algae.

Chasing the blues
Collage of side profile of a woman's face

Beyond the brain

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are challenging how we think about thinking.

Beyond the brain

The Edinburgh Fringe in Bristo Square

Culture is bad for you

Research conducted at the University of Edinburgh is helping challenge inequalities in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs).

Culture is bad for you
Stations of the Cross at Barangaroo during World Youth Day Sydney 2008

Revisiting the crucifixion

Two thousand years of retelling the Easter story may have obscured some fascinating details. Is it time to reassess the archvillains of the crucifixion and see Jesus’ women followers as the key to this pivotal historical event?

Revisiting the crucifixion
Chagos Islanders perform sega dance

How Chagos Islanders are fighting to keep their culture alive in exile

After the forced removal of the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands in the 1960s and 1970s, displaced Chagossians have sustained their culture by sharing their music, dance, and cuisine – and created a rallying call in their fight to return.

How Chagos Islanders are fighting to keep their culture alive in exile

Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) using a model to study the construction of barrage balloons in 1941.

When women modernised the military

The courage and sacrifice of the women drafted into the armed forces during the Second World War changed the military forever. Professor Jeremy Crang traces how their wartime heroism opened the door to a vocation that was historically taboo for women.

When women modernised the military
Woman taking picture in Scottish Highlands

Hi-tech tool prompts hope of virtual assistants fluent in Gaelic

Speech recognition software developed by Edinburgh researchers is helping to ensure that Scotland’s ancient language has a place in the modern technological landscape.

Gaelic virtual assistants
Linlithgow Palace Chapel

Revived with the sound of music

Gaming technology can blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Researchers have been exploring its potential to create the sensation of a musical time machine.

Revived with the sound of music
Kit Sked, Blacksmith, Cousland Smithy, Dalkeith, 1987. Photo by Ian MacKenzie

Where artistry and everyday life meet

In 1951 the School of Scottish Studies began collecting images, stories and voices of the Scottish lives that had been often overlooked. As its famed Archive celebrates its 70th anniversary, its impact still resonates.

Where artistry and everyday life meet