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Edinburgh Doors Open Days takes place on the weekend of the 29th & 30th of September. There are also a series of Talks, Tours & Demos in the week leading up.

Edinburgh & East Lothian's combined brochure is available to download here

Please note there may be adjustments to building details so please double-check on the day.

Edinburgh

Anatomical Museum

Date 1: 29/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Great for families and children Weekend 5 (29-30 September)

29 September 2018

The Anatomical Museum at the University of Edinburgh opened in 1884 and still forms an integral part of the ‘Old Medical School’ (designed by Robert Rowand Anderson). Anderson submitted building plans after touring the classical medical schools of Europe and his final design mixed elements of Scottish architecture with a 'Cinquecento' Italian style. The museum has one of the largest and best-preserved collections of anatomy in Scotland, as well as the skeleton of the serial killer William Burke. The specimens and preparations on display have helped to teach anatomy to students for 300 years. Today the museum is still used by medical students as a resource and study space. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.

Edinburgh

Appleton Tower: School of Infomatics

Date 1: 29/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 5 (29-30 September)

29 September 2018

A controversial building since its inception - once considered the ugliest building in Edinburgh, Appleton Tower recently underwent a thorough refurbishment with a new entrance and enhanced facilities. Home to the University’s world-leading School of Informatics since the Cowgate fire in 2002, it’s currently used for teaching while research has moved to the Informatics Forum across the road. The state-of-the-art study suite on Level 9 offers amazing views of the city. Activities: Visual displays on historical information about the School of Informatics, student stewards/volunteers at key points to offer insight into student life, video/audio presentations. 30 minute tours will take place hourly at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30. Booking essential at www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/news-events/doors-open-day-2018 www.ed.ac.uk/informatics

Edinburgh

Benjamin Tindall Architects

Date 1: 30/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 5 (29-30 September)

30 September 2018

Being part of Edinburgh’s first city wall, the history of 17 & 18 Victoria Terrace is one of almost 600 years of adaptation and re-use; sustainability at its very best. In the past the building served as a leather works (1786), Institute for the Relief of Incurables (1866), sweetie factory (1905), bomb shelter (WW2), Etching factory until offices (present day). Year Of Young People: A shared Doors Open Day between Ben Tindall Architects and the Edinburgh Steiner School to encourage young people into architecture. Edinburgh Steiner School is currently undertaking a campus development, called The Growing Spaces Project, to provide the school community with an improved learning and creative environment. The plan for the open day is to do a half day (10am-1pm) workshop at BTA and then a half day site visit at ESS (1-4pm) The focus for the workshop is to develop concepts for the entrance gate with model making materials provided. BTA will provide card and balsa wood and ESS will provide clay and wax for alternate modelling at ESS. 10 places can be booked for the workshop, information for others will be on display for others walking in off the street. There will be an ESS teacher present at the workshops and for young people it is advised that parents are in attendance. BTA office will also be open from 10am until 4pm and people will be invited in to tour the building and learn its history. Activities: Guided tours, architectural models. www.benjamintindallarchitects.co.uk

Edinburgh

Bridgend Farmhouse

Date 1: 30/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 5 (29-30 September)

30 September 2018

Late 18th century traditional farmhouse building with surrounding steadings, on Craigmillar Castle estate. Fragments of early 16c chapel remain. A hub for local farming life, long before Craigmillar and the Inch housing estates grew around it. Has been a dairy farm, pig farm, cattle farm. Left derelict for 17 years, restored with Lottery funding and reopened as community-owned hub; a place for learning, eating, nourishing of well-being and collecting of local memories.(with thanks to Greater Liberton Heritage Project)?Year Of Young People: Recreation of what it was like to be a young person around the Bridgend community? around the mid 1950s-early 1960s. Stories, photographs, first-person accounts, board games, arts and crafts, music and food.Bonus: woodland walk and activity, starting at farmhouse and finishing in Craigmillar Castle Park, with Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust.

Edinburgh

Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church of Scotland

Date 1: 29/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 5 (29-30 September)

29 September 2018

These two churches frame the historic space known locally as “The Causey”. Buccleuch and Greyfriars, C listed and dating from 1856, dominates the area with its towering steeple. By J, WH & JM Hay, who also built Augustines on George IV Bridge. Chapel of Ease (Graveyard): B-listed and built in 1755-6 as an overflow for St Cuthbert’s, Lothian Road. Its tranquil secret graveyard houses several significant graves plus the unmarked grave of Deacon Brodie Built in 1856 and with a listed hammerbeam roof. Come see the building, visit the architecture and meet the community. Burgers and sausages from Matheson’s Butchers, a Southside institution, are on offer along with coffee, tea and traybakes. ACTIVITIES: There will be a folk music event in The Causey, located between Buccleuch & Greyfriars Church and The Orthodox Community of St Andrew. www.thecausey.org www.buccleuchfreechurch.co.uk

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