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Edinburgh Settlement

Edinburgh Settlements on Leith Walk

Edinburgh Settlement is a part of the international Settlement movement which started over 100 years ago. It forms part of a global network of social action centres which work closely with local communities, representing and responding to needs and aspirations, to promote social and environmental justice.

In late 2010, financial difficulties forced the loss of many of Edinburgh University Settlement’s established community projects. The Edinburgh Settlement continues it’s work, under the auspices of The International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres – Europe (IFS-Europe).

A core part of the continuing aim of the initiative is ensuring the safe keeping and provision of access to the extensive archives of the Edinburgh Settlement for research.  Ragged University has offered support to the continuation of the Settlements archive, partly by providing a home to digitize the Settlement archives, thus making them accessible to the public here:


  • Wilkie House
    1964 Edinburgh Settlement's Bold Social Service Plans
    30th September 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    Two ambitious and challenging proposals, involving large-scale community development at home and abroad, are...
  • Sir James Barrie
    1933 to 1934: Edinburgh Settlement Annual Report; Kirk O'Field College
    15th March 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    After the official opening by Sir James Barrie on the 28th October 1933, the...
  • Miss Donnnett Paynter with ambulance WW1
    1919: Edinburgh Settlement; Future of The Settlement Statement
    22nd May 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    Owing to the War and the need of avoiding unnecessary expense, no report of...
  • Craigmillar Venchie
    1960: University Settlement Plan Craigmillar Adventure Playground
    11th May 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    Scotland's first "adventure playground," modelled on Scandinavian lines, is to be established in the...
  • The Forest Cafe
    Educational History: The Edinburgh Settlement
    16th September 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, History, Other Archives
    The Edinburgh Settlement is a multi-purpose voluntary organisation with a rich history spanning more...
  • Thrift Shop Advert Edinburgh Settlement
    1937: 'Everybody's Thrift Shop' Opened by Edinburgh Settlement
    21st March 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    "One of the earliest charity shops in the UK was set up by the...



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