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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:


  • 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...
  • Winston Churchill opens Edinburgh Settlement
    6th March 1931: Winston Churchill opens the new Edinburgh Settlement extension
    17th December 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    Here is a photograph of when Winston Churchill opened the new Edinburgh Settlement extension...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Craigmillar Coat of Arms
    1936: Extract from Minutes of the Settlement's Annual Meeting
    13th December 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    The Annual Meeting of the Edinburgh University Settlement Association, held in Craigmillar College, Craigmillar,...
  • 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...



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