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Lovely autumn colours - despite the rain.
05/11/2020

Lovely autumn colours - despite the rain.

I saw this wee beauty on Campus last week.   The wildlife are definitely making the most of the  quiet.
05/11/2020

I saw this wee beauty on Campus last week. The wildlife are definitely making the most of the quiet.

James Watt's feelings on slavery seem ambiguous and to have changed through his lifetime - in 1791 he called slavery "di...
30/10/2020

James Watt's feelings on slavery seem ambiguous and to have changed through his lifetime - in 1791 he called slavery "disgraceful to humanity". By this point there had been quite a change in public opinion towards abolition. In celebrating James Watt we must do so in the context of their part in a society that benefitted from the proceeds of slavery.
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However James Watt's family was connected to trade in goods produced in slavery.  His father was a Greenock based trans-...
29/10/2020

However James Watt's family was connected to trade in goods produced in slavery. His father was a Greenock based trans-Atlantic trader in goods that included tobacco, sugar and rum. There is also evidence that he and his brother arranged for a young boy, probably a slave, to be brought to Scotland.

Although James Watt died in 1819 before the Edinburgh School of Arts was founded a subscription fund in his name was set...
28/10/2020

Although James Watt died in 1819 before the Edinburgh School of Arts was founded a subscription fund in his name was set up to buy a new building in Adam Square and in 1854 it was renamed the Watt Institution and School of Arts.
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In addition to engineering inventions James Watt also worked as a surveyor and in 1780 developed a copying machine that ...
27/10/2020

In addition to engineering inventions James Watt also worked as a surveyor and in 1780 developed a copying machine that was used into the 20th century.
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James Watt (1736-1819) was regarded as the father of the industrial revolution.  His improvement to the existing Newcome...
26/10/2020

James Watt (1736-1819) was regarded as the father of the industrial revolution. His improvement to the existing Newcomen steam engine helped accelerate the speed of the industrial revolution.
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The Edinburgh shawl industry of the 18th and early 19th centuries has now largely been forgotten.  Not only did they wea...
23/10/2020

The Edinburgh shawl industry of the 18th and early 19th centuries has now largely been forgotten. Not only did they weave beautiful shawls the largely Quaker community were part of a national network of activists in abolition, education, suffrage and prison reform. John Wigham and the company Gibb and MacDonald were early supporters of the School of Arts and examples of their shawls are part of the Textile Collections at the Scottish Borders Campus. This image is from the 2016 Passion for Paisley exhibition at Hawick Museum.
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Midlothian MP Sir William Gibson-Craig of Riccarton (1797-1878) is not a well known abolitionist.  However in a letter t...
22/10/2020

Midlothian MP Sir William Gibson-Craig of Riccarton (1797-1878) is not a well known abolitionist. However in a letter to his father James just after the vote to abolish the apprenticeships in the West Indies in 1838 he explains how the vote had only passed by 3, and that he voted with the majority and would do so again.
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As we can't provide physical access to the museum and archive for Doors Open Day just now we have a virtual tour of the ...
25/09/2020
Doors open day - Heriot-Watt University

As we can't provide physical access to the museum and archive for Doors Open Day just now we have a virtual tour of the Campus on our web page for you to enjoy.
https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/is/heritage/doors-open-day.htm

Edinburgh & East Lothian Doors Open Days 2020 will be held on the 26th and 27th September 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, it has been decided that there will be no physical access to buildings this year.   Instead Heriot Watt has developed a virtual tour of the heritag...

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented situation and we feel it's important to collect reflections and accounts...
16/07/2020
Covid-19 Contemporary Collecting - Heriot-Watt University

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented situation and we feel it's important to collect reflections and accounts from staff and students about their experiences to form part of the University archives. It you would like to become involved in this project or want further details please look at our web page or e-mail [email protected]
https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/is/heritage/covid-19-contemporary-collecting.htm

COVID 19 has brought about a unique period for everyone and Heriot Watt’s Museum and Archive would like to ensure that the University’s challenges and experiences during this time are recorded within the collection in some way.  We are looking for your contributions to help us reflect on what i...

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08/06/2020

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Collections United is a social media campaign which is part of the Towards a National Collection AHRC funded project to ...
08/06/2020

Collections United is a social media campaign which is part of the Towards a National Collection AHRC funded project to bring different collections together. Fuschia Riccartonii was developed on the Riccaton estate and this design called Coopersale by Eva Crofts from the Donald Brothers collection is of a fuschia.
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Hermiston Scottish Women's Rural Institute at a celebration in 1930.  At the back on the right is Mrs Scott who ran Curr...
29/05/2020

Hermiston Scottish Women's Rural Institute at a celebration in 1930. At the back on the right is Mrs Scott who ran Currie Post Office.

Another view of Lanark Road, this time in Slateford from the 1920s.
28/05/2020

Another view of Lanark Road, this time in Slateford from the 1920s.

Another image of Miss Annie Gibson-Craig.  This time in the grounds of Riccarton house, again as always with her dogs, i...
27/05/2020

Another image of Miss Annie Gibson-Craig. This time in the grounds of Riccarton house, again as always with her dogs, in front of the Spanish chestnut If you look one of the Gibson-Craig boys in the tree. This is now the path at the side of the library.

The collection also includes some images of Colinton.  This view of Spylaw Street from 1900 includes a scenic view of th...
26/05/2020

The collection also includes some images of Colinton. This view of Spylaw Street from 1900 includes a scenic view of the Pentlands.

This image from 1900 shows horses harrowing with Caerketton Hill in the Pentlands in the background.
25/05/2020

This image from 1900 shows horses harrowing with Caerketton Hill in the Pentlands in the background.

Hermiston is located to the north of the Campus over the A71.  This image shows Hermiston smiddy, or blacksmiths, in 191...
24/05/2020

Hermiston is located to the north of the Campus over the A71. This image shows Hermiston smiddy, or blacksmiths, in 1910.

This image shows farmer Jock Hutchison ploughing at Bonnington, near Ratho, in 1913.
23/05/2020

This image shows farmer Jock Hutchison ploughing at Bonnington, near Ratho, in 1913.

The University Campus is located on the grounds of the former Riccarton estate - home of the Gibson-Craig family.
22/05/2020

The University Campus is located on the grounds of the former Riccarton estate - home of the Gibson-Craig family.

Juniper Green did once have train station, the line served the paper mills along the Water of Leith.
21/05/2020

Juniper Green did once have train station, the line served the paper mills along the Water of Leith.

The #ArchiveZ campaign by the Archives and Records Association Scotland is following the alphabet by week.  Mary Burton ...
20/05/2020

The #ArchiveZ campaign by the Archives and Records Association Scotland is following the alphabet by week. Mary Burton was the first female governor of the School of Arts and campaigned for the School to admit women. This image is courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.

Miss Huffell was a Juniper Green resident who was a member of the Women's Royal Auxiliary Corps during World War One.
20/05/2020

Miss Huffell was a Juniper Green resident who was a member of the Women's Royal Auxiliary Corps during World War One.

The Ancient Order of Foresters was a Friendly Society that provided support if you were ill or unemployed. This image is...
19/05/2020

The Ancient Order of Foresters was a Friendly Society that provided support if you were ill or unemployed. This image is from around 1890. The archives and objects, including the banner, are part of the University collections.

Today is International Museums Day.  In these strange times we can't provide physical access to the collections so will ...
18/05/2020

Today is International Museums Day. In these strange times we can't provide physical access to the collections so will share an image of one of our most popular objects which is the cutaway engine by James Nasmyth. One of the first students of the School of Arts in 1821, he invented the steam hammer and made these models of the Watt engine while he was a student.
#MuseumsSparkJoy #MuseumAtHome #IMD2020

Juniper Green Co-Operative Society held a gala each year with a parade.
18/05/2020

Juniper Green Co-Operative Society held a gala each year with a parade.

This image is a class group from Juniper Green school from 1929.
17/05/2020

This image is a class group from Juniper Green school from 1929.

Juniper Green scouts in front of St Margaret's Church in 1926.
16/05/2020

Juniper Green scouts in front of St Margaret's Church in 1926.

This week showcases the images we have for Juniper Green.  This view of Lanark Road is from the 1930s.
15/05/2020

This week showcases the images we have for Juniper Green. This view of Lanark Road is from the 1930s.

To complete our week of Balerno images this is of Balerno YWCA in around 1900.
14/05/2020

To complete our week of Balerno images this is of Balerno YWCA in around 1900.

Larchgrove House in Balerno was used as a hospital during the First World War.
13/05/2020

Larchgrove House in Balerno was used as a hospital during the First World War.

This lovely image is of staff in Balerno rail goods yard in 1920.
12/05/2020

This lovely image is of staff in Balerno rail goods yard in 1920.

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Happy Upcycling Day! What are you making today? Blacksmiths have to be the ultimate upcyclers, making something beautiful out of old bits. This is Tom Blair, blacksmith at Currie in Edinburgh in the 1960s making a gate.
Happy Upcycling day- what are you making today? Blacksmiths have to be the ultimate upcyclers, making something beautiful out of old bits. This is Tom Blair, Blacksmith at Currie in Edinburgh in the 1960s making a gate.
It's definitely time to start thinking about summer and this painting by John Houston, entitled Cornfield and Sea, is mesmerising. I'd definitely be happy to be going there on my holidays- perhaps one day!