Discover the multi-layered history of South College Street – from a bowling green to a place of worship, to a data and futures-focused place for learning and working!
The doors of 13-15 South College Street will be open to the public on 24 September, 12-4pm, as part of the Doors Open Days festival 2023.
Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates places and stories. Many of the University’s buildings are open over the Doors Open Day weekend.
South College Street is part of the University’s selection of historic and contemporary, converted, listed, and restored buildings included in the festival, which play an important part in defining the character of the University.
A former site of worship for nearly 200 years, South College Street is the interim home of the Futures Institute and the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative.
Throughout the building, visitors will discover 21 labelled stops to help them explore the history of the building in a self-guided tour format.
On 24 September from 12 noon, there will be a series of lightning talks at the Newhaven Lecture Theatre within the building, where you will learn more about the building’s history, Relief Churches in Edinburgh, and hear from the Scottish Stained Glass Trust.
The talks will also cover some of the current work that goes on in the building, such as the City Region Deal, the DDI programme, and our plans for moving into our new site at the former Old Royal Infirmary at Lauriston Place.
No registration required – our doors will be open on a drop-in basis on both days.