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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:


  • Edinburgh Settlement Constitution
    1905: Edinburgh University Settlement Association Constitution
    29th March 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    1. The objects for which the Association is formed are to carry on social,...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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