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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:


  • 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...
  • 1980 Edinburgh settlement news
    1980: Edinburgh Settlement; The Need For Psychiatric Day Centres
    21st June 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement, Mad World
    The Settlement is an arm and hand of friendship which the University, as a...
  • 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...
  • Main Building Elsie Inglis
    1993: Edinburgh Settlement Unveils Plans For ‘Care Village’
    12th December 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    University Settlement bids to turn disused Elsie Inglis Hospital into Scotland’s first ‘Care Village’....
  • Edinburgh
    1980 Review of Edinburgh Settlement's Policy and Activities
    12th October 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement
    This is a transcription of the 1980 review of Edinburgh Settlement's Policy and Activities,...



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