South College Street

South College Street: Past, Present, Future

Welcome to your new academic home for the upcoming year. To make you feel a bit more at home, for your arrival we installed a selection of artworks and historical material which will contextualise your experience within the University, the city of Edinburgh and Scotland more broadly. Throughout the building you will discover different artworks and historical photographs. All of them have labels with QR codes which you can scan and read a bit more about each of them. The labels come in two types:

There are six labels that look like this:

These denote artworks. The majority of them are created by the University of Edinburgh students – people from Edinburgh College of Art and undergraduate students who took the Currents Course organized by EFI. We hope that these will spark your interest in the work of EFI and will inspire you to take a creative approach to your studies. Others, like the large print of a photograph from the Isle of Skye are brought to spark inspiration to explore Scotland outside Edinburgh. Finally, some, like the cartoons from Worry Lines are brought to be mildly uplifting when (or if!) times get a but tough.

You will also discover 10 labels that look like this:

These denote historical photographs from different stages of the building’s history, and they are all numbered chronologically. You may have noticed that this building does not look like an ordinary building built for academic purposes. This University space occupies the shell of a former church, which is now category B listed building. We encourage you to take a walk throughout the building and notice the details that still mark this stage of the building’s history – the beautiful pillars, the stained glass window, the original stone walls.

Sadly, the historical material we could find in the archives was quite scarce. But we nevertheless hope that what we managed to piece together will help you to at least roughly orient yourself within the timeline of the building’s life. Maybe it will also spark your curiosity to further explore the history of this and other buildings in Edinburgh – and this city has loads of fascinating ones!