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Talk - Edinburgh?s Old Royal High School

Door open days


Richard Murphy, Architect

A new public use for one of our greatest public buildings Thomas Hamilton?s Royal High School is one of Scotland?s most important buildings, not just for its extraordinary architectural merits, but for its near revolutionary expression of a democratic ideal.

The Building was commissioned by the City in the early 19th Century as a direct response to the privatisation of education, offering free schooling to the Nation?s brightest children in a building deliberately intended to be a beacon to the power of culture at the centre of the City.


Where to find us

  • John Sinclair House
  • 16 Bernard Terrace
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9NX