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.  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...


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


The Melville Monument, a view of Henry Dundas by Dr Edward Duvall (online)
A tale of Two Explosions, by Eric Drake (online)
Auld Reekie Retold, with Nico Tyack, Project Manager (online)
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 (online)


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