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Edinburgh Seven

Edinburgh Seven

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of seven Edinburgh women who helped change education forever.

New artwork commemorates Edinburgh Seven

On 23 September 2020,  we unveiled a new artwork to commemorate the Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British University.

It is a re-imagining of the 1632 Rembrandt painting ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Nicolaes Tulp’, a copy of which hangs in our Department of Anatomy. The original is in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.

This new version was created by photographer Laurence Winram and features the seven present day students who collected honorary degrees on behalf of the Edinburgh Seven at a special ceremony last year.

The image proudly hangs in the Sophia Jex-Blake common room in the Chancellor’s Building at Edinburgh BioQuarter. Be sure to check it out next time you are passing!

Those featured are:

Simran Piya
Megan Cameron
Ella Crowther
Caitlyn Taylor
Izzie Dighero
Mei Yen Liew
Sorna Paramananthan
Liam Parkinson – cadaver
Alethea Kelsey – teacher.


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