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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sir David Wilkie by Sir David Wilkie
    Newsclipping: Adult Education Endowment Wanted
    26th February 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    Edinburgh University Settlement Work: Adult Education Endowment Wanted To support the extended work of the...



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