Upcoming Events 

Doors Open Days 2016


Join us at our various venues for Doors Open Days. If you've always wanted to see what's behind our doors now is your chance. 

Strathleven House
10:00 - 15:00 Saturday 10th September
Built in 1700 by architect James Smith, Strathleven House is described as "the earliest surviving example of the classic Palladian country house in Scotland". Come and admire its grand oak pannelled rooms and landscaped grounds whilst admiring local arts and crafts on display. 
Follow Strathleven House on Facebook to see more images of the building and follow future events. 

The Merchant House, Laws Close, Kirkcaldy 
11:00 - 15:00 11th September
We're thrilled to open the doors to The Merchants House at Law’s Close. This stunning historic 16th Century Merchant’s House on Kirkcaldy’s High Street has beautiful sea views and a landscaped garden to the rear. Located in the heart of Kirkcaldy just a short walk from the bus and train station. Join us on Doors Open Day to purchase jams made from our fruit trees and learn about the history of the building and its current day use as office and work space. 
Follow the Merchant House on Facebook to find out more information.  

Blackburn House
10:00 - 16:00 11th September 2016
Blackburn House was built in 1772 by George Moncrieff, a merchant who had made his fortune in the West Indies. Two hundred years later it fell derelict, and remained that way for over 25 years. Thanks to the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, it has been restored and brought back into use. It won the Georgian Group's best Restoration of a Georgian Country House Award in 2008. The building is now office space to a wide variety of local businesses. Come along on the 11th to see what is still available to hire and learn the history of the building. 

Riddle's Court 
10:00-16:00 on Saturday 24th Sept 
Riddle's Court is currently undergoing an extensive restoration project and we would like to share this once in a lifetime opportunity with you to visit inside this historic building during the restoration!
Riddle's Court is an A-Listed former merchant's house near to the Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile. The building has significant cultural significance reflecting over 400 years of history. Alongside the building's rich history are connections to several important historic figures including King James VI and Patrick Geddes.
Follow Riddle's Court on Facebook or on twitter or check out our dedicated website for more information about this event and ongoing events.  

Custom House, Leith
10:00 - 16:00 Saturday 24th Sept 
Custom House was designed by Robert Reid at a cost of £12,617 in 1810. Reid held the title of 'Kings Architect and Surveyor' and designed the building in Neo-Classical style as an expression of the official nature of the business that took place in there. In recent years the building has been used as a store for museums however the council purchased the building using the Common Good Fund and passed the management of the building onto the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. Join SHBT to explore the building and put your ideas forward for what it should be used for in the future. SHBT will be conducting a public consultation and feasibility study before fundraising to transform the building to be a benefit to the community. Doors Open Day will also see local artists displaying their work to showcase the talent in Leith. 
Follow Custom House, Leith on Facebook for more information on this event and many more in the venue. 

Glasite Meeting House
10:00 - 16:00 Sunday 25th Sept
The Glasite Meeting House is a category A-listed former place of worship of the Edinburgh branch of the Glasite, a small Scottish religious sect. The building was passed to SHBT when the sect could no longer manager the building and in recent years has been used as the SHBT headquarters during the restoration and rebuild of Riddle's Court. The Trust however are getting ready to move back to the Royal Mile and the building will be available to let. Come and see the space and see what you would do with it and learn about its important history in the area. 
Follow the Glasite Meeting House on Facebook for more information on this event and many more in the venue.


Riddle's Court Hard Hat Tours

Always wanted to see a building restoration in action? Join us for a hard hat tour of Riddles Court. 
Starting in April we'll have tours over the rest of 2016 showing the progress we are making on site.
You will get to see first hand what is going on behind the scaffolding and hear from the expert team that is behind the work and what the building will become. 

For more information and to reserve a place go to our event brite page http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scottish-historic-buildings-trust-8617499172


Riddle's Court Study Day:
Mansion Houses of the Royal Mile
30th September 2016

Join us for a 'Town and Gown' event as we explore the aristocratic buildings of the Canongate comparable to that of Bailie John McMorran's 16th century 'Grand Tenement' project on Edinburgh's Lawnmarket. In the spirit of Patrick Geddes' Edinburgh Social Union programmes of the 1890s, this event is open to both the public and students of Edinburgh University and will feature a unique visit to the magnificent state rooms of Old Moray House - the University's oldest building.

One of a series of six individual study days in advance of the opening of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning at the fully restored Riddle’s Court in 2017, this event will chart the history of high status buildings of the Canongate and their contribution to the heritage of the OId Town.

 When: Friday 30th September, 0930 -1600

 Where: Moray House School of Education (Paterson's Land), St John's Street, EH8 8AQ

 Contact: Russell Clegg, Learning Officer, SHBT: 0131 220 1232

 Tickets: Eventbrite 

Past Events 

Edinburgh's Art Festival comes to the Glasite Meeting House

The Clock in Commune is a multi-screen video installation developed by artist Helen McCrorie for The Glasite Meeting House. 


Exhibition: 11th-14th August, Thurs/Fri 10am-5pm, Sat/Sun 11am-6pm

Included in the Edinburgh Art Festival Art Late tour, Thurs 11th August

Retina Photography Festival 2016

11th - 23rd July 

This year the Retina Photography Fetsival is taking prime place in both Custom House Leith and the Glasite Meeting House. 

Come along to our buildings to check out the excellent award winning work of local photographers. RETINA_Custom-House.jpg

See more on Facebook

Creating spaces for creatives

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust jumped in to save the planned Cow Gate Pop Up Market and offered the Custom House Leith as a new venue. 

Join us at Custom House Leith on 4th June 2016 for a pop up market like no other. Check out facebook for more information. 

Chambers Institution, Peebles – Community Consultation


Historic image of the Burgh Hall from the Courtyard from an album to celebrate the opening of the Chambers Institute. Copyright Scottish Borders Council Museums and Galleries Service.

Scottish Borders Council would like to undertake a consultation exercise to understand how the people of Peebles and the Borders currently use the Chambers Institution, as well as learning how you might wish to use the building in the future. This questionnaire is the first stage in the process, whose aim is to identify a potential draft Vision for the building. The next stage will be a workshop – please let us know if you would like to participate.

The Chambers Institution was built by William Chambers for the ‘social, moral and intellectual improvement of the community’. The architect John Paris of Edinburgh incorporated parts of the 16th century ‘Queensberry Lodging’ on the site alongside the new building. The Institution opened in 1859 and originally included a hall, art gallery and museum and library. Later adaptations provided a Council Chamber, Police court and Municipal offices in 1905-6. A major extension, paid for by Andrew Carnegie, was opened in 1910 and allowed for expansion of the library, art gallery and museum, plus shops and a games room. Finally, the war memorial was added in the courtyard of the Chambers Institution in 1922.

The Chambers Institution has been further adapted to meet changing requirements. Currently the Chambers Institution includes the Burgh Hall, Tweeddale Museum and Art Gallery, library, registry office, war memorial, tourist information office, Council Customer Services contact centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, independent museum for the John Buchan Society, offices and a shop to rent.

We would be grateful if you would spend a few minutes completing our short survey online at the following link: Survey


New Town Community Cinema

The New Town community cinema is running again Friday the 11th December 2015. Set in the Glasite Meeting house we will be showing two superb films. Kids favourite(s) will be shown at 2:30pm and an adult themed film to be shown at 7:30pm.

Every fortnight after that we will be showing films and giving YOU the vote one which ones are shown.

For more information follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/newtowncommunitycinema or click here for information. 



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