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Heriot-Watt University Museum & Archive

25 September 2021 (Online)

26 September 2021 (Online)



In 2021 Heriot Watt University celebrates 200 years since its foundation as the School of Arts of Edinburgh. From its early beginnings as a centre for the education of Edinburgh’s working classes the organisation has developed into a unique international institution with five campuses.

The University’s Museum is located at the Riccarton Campus. The archives include the fascinating early accounts of the School of Arts, which outline the challenges and successes of the organisation’s early years. These include details of the earliest books held in the library and the names of the first wealthy supporters.

Digital Resources

Behind the Scenes Tour

For 2021, our Doors Open Day contribution will be a digital glimpse behind the scenes at our archive where you can discover the recently digitised records of the early School of Arts.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Online Collection

Much of the Museum’s collections are now accessible through our website. To find out even more about the history of the estate and the museum collections please take a look.

Explore our collection!

Key Information

  • Level O, Cameron Smail Library
  • Edinburgh Campus, Riccarton
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS