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Members’ Events

The Old Town Association organises regular events for its members and guests.  Events are advertised on Eventbright and tickets may be purchased or reserved through Eventbright.  Click here to be taken to the OTA page on the Eventbright website.

Here is a selection of events that the OTA has arranged for its members in recent years...

2016

Visits and Guided Walks

Surgeons' Hall Museum
The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Melville Street
Magdalen Chapel, Cowgate
The buildings of the National Museums of Scotland
Canongate Kirkyard led by the Friends of the Canongate Kirkyard
Canongate Breweries, led by John Martin of the Scottish Brewing Archive

Talks

Fire, Filth & Food, a talk by John Lowrey on Old Town development
The Deep-Fried Mars Bar by Dr Christine Knight
Current Initiatives by Adam Wilkinson, Edinburgh World Heritage
Capital Collections of the City Libraries
Poetry reading at teh Scottish Poetry Library

2015

Visits and Guided Walks

Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens with Sutherland Forsyth
Queensferry Crossing Contact and Education Centre, South Queensferry
War Memorials of St Giles High Kirk, led by Eric Drake
Democracy in Scotland, guided walk led by Jean Bareham
National Library of Scotland Map Library
Scottish Poetry Library

Talks

Edinburgh Old Town: Journeys and Evocations by Donald Smith
The Royal Mile Project by Iain MacPhail, City Centre Programme Manager, Edinburgh City Council
Panmure House by Chris Watkins, Director of Development of the Panmure House Project
Treasures of the Edinburgh City Libraries
Mapping Edinburgh by Chris Fleet, Senior Map Curator of the National Library of Scotland


2014

Visits and Guided Walks

Edinburgh CCTV Control Unit in the City Chambers
Bo'ness, including a tour and archive film screening at The Hippodrome Cinema
Macdonald Armouries to see how the High School Yards Knight's sword was made
The Signet Library
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, University of Edinburgh, High School Yards
Signet Library, Parliament Square

Talks

Patomime in Scotland by Dr Paul Maloney
Mapping Edinburgh's Social History by the MESH Project
Patrick Geddes by Prof Bob Morris
The anti-graffiti initiative by Mark Robinson, Community Safety Officer
Scotsman Hotel Cinema with a showing of films from the Scottish Screen Archive
Scotland’s Cinemas by Gordon Barr of the Scottish Cinemas & Theatres Project
The sword and gravestone of the High School Yards Knight by Paul Macdonald and David McGovern

2013

Visits and Guided Walks

Chapel of St Albert the Great, George Square
Powderhall Bronze
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, by Dunfermline
The New Town and its Gardens, guided walk led by Jean Bareham
Guided walk round Edinburgh’s bridges led by Dom Echlin
Freemason’s Hall
The Victorian Schoolroom, Brunswick Road

Talks

Filth, Nastiness & Stinks in 18th Century Edinburgh by John Lowrey
Archaeology at High School Yards
The King’s High Road by Robin Tait
Latest projects of the City Museums Service by Paul McAuley
Scottish Language Dictionary
The Holyrood Campus of the University of Edinburgh
The Building of the Forth Bridge, given by Frank Hay and Len Saunders of The Briggers

2012

Visits and Guided Walks

Scottish National Portrait Gallery led by senior SNPG staff
Seafield Recycling Centre
Riddle’s Court led by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust
Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile led by Jean Bareham
Burntisland: Museum of Communicatins and Parish Church
Chppendale International School of Furniture, Gifford
Scottish Genealogy Society
City Archives with archivist Richard Hunter

Talks

Queensberry House by Jenny Colcott
Cowgate Fire Site by Andrew Wright (joint event with the Cockburn Association)
Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network by SCRAN staff
Talk by CEC Community Safety Officers

2011

Visits and Guided Walks

St Cecilia’s Hall and its collections
Festival Theatre front- and back-stage
Council Museums Collections Centre led by Paul McAuley of the City’s Museums Department
Burns Monument and Poetry Garden led by Paul McAuley
Enlightenment Tour of the Royal Mile led by Angus Gillon
Inch Nurseries led by Jim Carlyle of the City’s Park & Green Spaces Department
Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill

Talks

The Scottish Cemetery in Calcutta by James Simpson (joint event with the Cockburn Association)
Management and use of historic graveyards by Dr Susan Buckham
Scottish National Portrait Gallery by James Holloway, SNPG Director
John Murray - Edinburgh Connections by David McClay, Senior Curator, John Murray Archive
Old College excavations, by Tom Addyman of Addyman Archaeology
Costume and the Visit of George IV in 1822, by Annie Scanlon

Contact Us

Edinburgh Old Town Association
2 St Mary’s Street
Edinburgh EH1 1SU

Email info@eota.org.uk





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