Heriot-Watt University Archive

Heriot-Watt University Archive We preserve the memory of Heriot-Watt through maintaining records of its development and achievements.

Eastfield Mills in Hawick belonged to weaving business Blenkhorn Richardson.  I love these illustrated letter heads.
25/04/2024

Eastfield Mills in Hawick belonged to weaving business Blenkhorn Richardson. I love these illustrated letter heads.

We received a new collection on tribal textiles two years ago,  which included this child's  dress from Afghanistan.
04/04/2024

We received a new collection on tribal textiles two years ago, which included this child's dress from Afghanistan.

You can't get much more colourful than Bernat Klein (1922-2014).  His use of colour and texture was quite a difference t...
03/04/2024

You can't get much more colourful than Bernat Klein (1922-2014). His use of colour and texture was quite a difference to the traditional Scottish Borders tweed industry. Heriot-Watt University holds a large collection of his work at the Scottish Borders Campus.

The archive at the Edinburgh Campus has always been located in located in the Library, which is where Riccarton House us...
02/04/2024

The archive at the Edinburgh Campus has always been located in located in the Library, which is where Riccarton House used to be.

Heriot-Watt University archives contain the records of the Edinburgh School of Arts, founded in 1821 which was world's f...
01/04/2024

Heriot-Watt University archives contain the records of the Edinburgh School of Arts, founded in 1821 which was world's first Mechanics Institute. This image shows the old Adam Square building which was one of the University's first sites.

A Passion for Paisley is now open at the Great Tapestry of Scotland museum in Galashiels.  Featuring shawls from the Uni...
27/03/2024

A Passion for Paisley is now open at the Great Tapestry of Scotland museum in Galashiels. Featuring shawls from the University's renowned collection of textiles the exhibition focuses on the early industry weaving shawls inspired by those from Kashmir.
https://www.greattapestryofscotland.com

Margaret Scott overcame many  .  She was abandoned by her husband and then ran Currie Post Office and raised her family ...
28/02/2024

Margaret Scott overcame many . She was abandoned by her husband and then ran Currie Post Office and raised her family on her own. He daughter and then grandaughter ran the Post Office after her.

This guide from Currie in Edinburgh is having a chat with the leader during her investiture.
28/02/2024

This guide from Currie in Edinburgh is having a chat with the leader during her investiture.

  are a valuable asset to archivist's work and can contribute specific skills and knowledge.  The 2022 Bernat Klein exhi...
28/02/2024

are a valuable asset to archivist's work and can contribute specific skills and knowledge. The 2022 Bernat Klein exhibition was put together with the help of volunteers from Edinburgh Lace Club.

Managing   content whether born digital or digitised has become a significant part of archivists work over the last few ...
28/02/2024

Managing content whether born digital or digitised has become a significant part of archivists work over the last few years. This iconic image of a golfer wearing tweed is part of the University collections which have been digitised.

Raising awareness of the importance of archives and records to society, culture, heritage and accountability is integral...
28/02/2024

Raising awareness of the importance of archives and records to society, culture, heritage and accountability is integral to what we do. It's certainly something to shout about.

Tartan is one of Scotland's most iconic textiles.  This swatch is one of the oldest we have and is a classic example of ...
28/02/2024

Tartan is one of Scotland's most iconic textiles. This swatch is one of the oldest we have and is a classic example of mid 18th century tartan used in plaids (large shawls). The dyes are cochineal and indigo.

The opening event of the Passion for Paisley exhibition at the Great Tapestry of Scotland on 26th March is now available...
23/02/2024

The opening event of the Passion for Paisley exhibition at the Great Tapestry of Scotland on 26th March is now available for booking.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is where the people's story of Scotland begins. Housing one of the world's largest community arts projects, the new visitor centre in Galashiels the heartland of the Scottish Borders, is also home to a cafe, visiting exhibits, a workshop space and a shop.

The Passion for Paisley exhibition will open at the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels on 26th March and run until...
15/01/2024

The Passion for Paisley exhibition will open at the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels on 26th March and run until 12 July. There are a range of talks and activities around the exhibition. The University collections include over 100 beautiful shawls which are also available to view for research by appointment by contacting [email protected].

Currie was groundbreaking in developing the sport of curling.  Sir James Gibson-Craig of Riccarton helped found Currie C...
22/12/2023

Currie was groundbreaking in developing the sport of curling. Sir James Gibson-Craig of Riccarton helped found Currie Curling Club with schoolmaster Robert Palmer.

The Scott   of Currie ran the Post Office for three generations starting with Mrs Scott on the left at the back of this ...
19/12/2023

The Scott of Currie ran the Post Office for three generations starting with Mrs Scott on the left at the back of this image of Hermiston Women's Rural. Her daughter then granddaughter ran it. Her grandson Scott Anderson was my volunteer for years until his sudden death - still greatly missed.

It's Festive Clothing for today's  . Not sure if this counts as festive? Currie Kirk Choir Pierrettes Concert Party July...
19/12/2023

It's Festive Clothing for today's . Not sure if this counts as festive? Currie Kirk Choir Pierrettes Concert Party July 1918.

This Chyrpy robe from Turkmenistan is now in the costume case in the High Mill at the Scottish Borders Campus.  A Chyrpy...
14/12/2023

This Chyrpy robe from Turkmenistan is now in the costume case in the High Mill at the Scottish Borders Campus. A Chyrpy is a woman's ceremonial robe and the black background was used for a young unmarried woman. The robe is from the Shirley Shaw collection of tribal textiles that was donated last year, and we hope to have this fully catalogued and photographed soon.

Larchgrove House with a cosy fire burning taken around 1910.
14/12/2023

Larchgrove House with a cosy fire burning taken around 1910.

Coal hoppers in Kinleith Mill Powerhouse in 1926, made by International Combustion Ltd. London & Derby.
14/12/2023

Coal hoppers in Kinleith Mill Powerhouse in 1926, made by International Combustion Ltd. London & Derby.

A sleigh rather than a sledge here at Larchgrove House in Balerno in the 1890s.
11/12/2023

A sleigh rather than a sledge here at Larchgrove House in Balerno in the 1890s.

Todays   theme is  .  The winter of 1963 was a tough one.  This is the Kirkgate in   Edinburgh with about 8 feet of of s...
08/12/2023

Todays theme is . The winter of 1963 was a tough one. This is the Kirkgate in Edinburgh with about 8 feet of of snow.

Larchgrove House in Balerno was used as a hospital during WWI.  At least the patients were able to enjoy some festivitie...
08/12/2023

Larchgrove House in Balerno was used as a hospital during WWI. At least the patients were able to enjoy some festivities.

Riccarton House, rebuilt in the 1820s, stood on the site of Heriot-Watt's library and museum until the 1950s.  For today...
06/12/2023

Riccarton House, rebuilt in the 1820s, stood on the site of Heriot-Watt's library and museum until the 1950s. For today's the focus is on the chimneys. Very elegant but I'm not sure how accessible for 🎅

For Day 5 of    we have  . From our textile archive we have a Miao Cross Stitch Star.
05/12/2023

For Day 5 of
we have . From our textile archive we have a Miao Cross Stitch Star.


A little licence is required for   but this Donald Brothers fabric pattern does at least have a stag with a lion thrown ...
04/12/2023

A little licence is required for but this Donald Brothers fabric pattern does at least have a stag with a lion thrown in for free!

Today's advent calendar theme is shopping.  Lawrie's sweet shop was on Lanark Road West in Currie, Edinburgh.
04/12/2023

Today's advent calendar theme is shopping. Lawrie's sweet shop was on Lanark Road West in Currie, Edinburgh.

Curator Julia Stephen is giving a festive talk on our Art collection in the Museum at 2pm on 6th December as part of our...
04/12/2023

Curator Julia Stephen is giving a festive talk on our Art collection in the Museum at 2pm on 6th December as part of our Twenty at Two series of events - including refreshments and mince pies. This painting Cornfield and Sea by Fife born artist John Houston (1930-2008) is one of my favourites and is in the archive search room.

Many people remember Heriot-Watt University being in Chambers Street, opposite the National Museum of Scotland.  This bu...
03/12/2023

Many people remember Heriot-Watt University being in Chambers Street, opposite the National Museum of Scotland. This building was vacated in 1989 and is now Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Moving all the teaching and services from the centre of Edinburgh to Riccarton was quite a challenge for the University ...
02/12/2023

Moving all the teaching and services from the centre of Edinburgh to Riccarton was quite a challenge for the University and took nearly 20 years. The first building to open was the Sports Centre in 1973.

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