Members’ Events

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The Old Town Association organises regular events for its members and guests. Events are advertised to members through the newsletter. Some online talks have been recorded and are available on YouTube. See the latest newsletter for the current programme of events.

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


Visits and Guided Walks

Tour of St Giles High Kirk led by Helen McBride
Visit to the Zachs Collection
Treasurers of the City Library (with AGM)
Tour of items in the National Museum of Scotland relating to Edinburgh from the late 17th century to the 19th century led by Eric Drake
Visit to Edinburgh Printmakers
Summer garden party in Chessels Court
Guided walk on Patrick Geddes led by Prof Ed Hollis
Visit to the City Archives
Christmas party in Chessels Court


Talk on sculptor Phyllis Mary Bone RSA by art historian Dr Elizabeth Cumming
Talk on Abbey Strand buildings by Malcolm Mathieson


Visits and Guided Walks

We hope to resume guided walks and visits in the summer of 2022


Edinburgh: Venice of the North? by retired town planner Gordon McFarlane. Available on YouTube
St Giles, the Reformation and the Covenanters. by Helen McBride, volunteer guide at St Giles
The Unicorn and other Scottish Emblems by NMS volunteer guide Rosemary Mann


Events in 2020 and 2021 were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic which prevented gatherings in person.  Some events were moved online, but there were no activities between March 2020 and March 2021.

Visits and Guided Walks

Royal College of Physicians with Iain Milne, RCPE Head of Heritage
Rare Books Department of the University of Edinburgh with Dr Fran Baseby

(all online)

The Melville Monument, a view of Henry Dundas by Dr Edward Duvall
A tale of Two Explosions, by Eric Drake
Auld Reekie Retold, with Nico Tyack, Project Manager
The Galloway Hoard, presentations by Dr Martin Goldberg, Principal Curator of Medieval Archaeology and History at NMS, and David Hughson, volunteer guide at the NMS
David Allan's Views of the High Street, by Dr Patricia Andrew, art historian
The Pirrie's Close artwork, by Eric Drake and Fenella Kerr
Edinburgh, Mapping and Planning the City, by Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland. Available on YouTube
Treasures of Edinburgh City Archives, by Henry Sullivan of Edinburgh City Records and Archives. Available on YouTube
Recording Poverty and Murder in 19th century Edinburgh, by John Lowrey, Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh.


Visits and Guided Walks

Behind the Scenes tour of the National Library of Scotland
History of Printing walk in Edinburgh with Helen WIlliams of the Scottish Printing Archival Trust
Under North Bridge with Balfour Beatty
Walk around Castle Rock with Andrew McMillan


Creating the National Museum of Scotland with Ian Hooper
Past, present and future of the Palace of Holyroodhouse with Sutherland Forsyth
Darwin in Edinburgh by Rosemary Mann
Tales of C18 tavern-based drinking clubs by Graeme Cruickshank
William Speirs Bruce by Simon Bendle
Discussion on Open Street with Vivienne Robinson of Edinburgh City Council
Classical Edinburgh - Youngson and Edwin Smith by Colin McLean
Christmas Party with Storytelling