Future events and meetings in 2017/18:


Private view invitation

Visit to St Cecilia’s Concert Room and Music Museum, Niddry Street, Edinburgh

25th September, 2017 at 14:00

Friends of Edinburgh University Library members are warmly invited to attend a private visit to the recently refurbished St Cecilia’s Concert Room and Music Museum.

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Please sign up by contacting Alason Roberts (email:, or by post: Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ) by September 8th to attend.  Friends who have signed up to the tour should gather at the entrance to St Cecilia’s, on Niddry Street, EH1 1NQ, by 13:45.

After ten years of development, five years of fund-raising and nearly three years of restoration, St Cecilia’s reopened on May 11th this year.  Originally opened in 1763, St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland.  It is the only place in the world where it is possible to hear eighteenth century music in an eighteenth century concert hall played on eighteenth century instruments.  Owned by the University of Edinburgh, it contains one of the world’s most important collections of historic musical instruments, many of which remain playable in a concert setting.

The new St Cecilia’s Hall museum brings this collection under one roof, allowing the story of the collection as a whole to be presented and enabling visitors to engage with the objects and their stories.  The elegant oval concert hall on the first floor of the building has been in continuous use since it opened in the eighteenth century and remains at the heart of the Georgian building, but is now complemented by four galleries on both ground and first floor.

The visit will be led by Sarah Deters, of the Museum staff.  We shall also the privilege of hearing some music on the instruments on display.


NEW EXHIBITION: Highlands to Hindustan: Indian Art from University of Edinburgh Collections


We are delighted to announce the new Library Fringe Festival exhibition: ‘Highlands to Hindustan: Indian Art from University of Edinburgh Collections’.

Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor, University of Edinburgh Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ.

Open: 28 July – 4 November 2017, Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 17:00, and Sundays during the Festival.

Marking the UK-India year of culture, this is the first ever exhibition of University collections devoted to Indian art. Featuring over 50 objects, the exhibition reveals their rich artistic legacy, whilst also uncovering their journey to the University of Edinburgh. Produced over two millennia, the artworks in the exhibition showcase the Indian subcontinent’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.


Details of  further events during the 2017-2018 season will be posted shortly.


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