Upcoming Events 

Words in Winter: A Childhood Christmas

Wednesday 6th December

18.30 – 19.30

£9 / £7 concession

Call 0131 510 8789 or email russell@shbt.org.uk to book


Join us for the inaugural presentation of the Words in Winter series as Lyn Wall, curator at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood and consultant on the BBC 2 Scotland programme, Growing up in Scotland: A Century of Childhood, takes us on a festive, nostalgic trip through the decades of Christmas for the young – and young at heart!

Call 0131 510 8789 or email russell@shbt.org.uk to book




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

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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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