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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:


  • Miss Grace Drysdale
    Pioneer of the Settlement: Grace Drysdale
    31st December 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    (In an interview with Edinburgh Evening News. 5th June 1950) Over 2000 men and women...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Letter From Secretary of Edinburgh Settlements
    1906: Letter Officially Appointing C. W. G. Taylor as First Warden of Edinburgh Settlement
    26th February 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    C. W. G. Taylor, Esq. Passmore Edward Settlement, Tavistock Place, London.   Dear Mr. Taylor, EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT ASSOCN. It is...
  • 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...



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