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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:


  • Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian (1882-1940). Founder of Newbattle Abbey adult education college in 1937.
    1935: Report of Address by Lord Lothian, Founder of Newbattle Abbey College
    25th October 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    The value of adult education was emphasised by the Marquess of Lothian, C.H., in...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Kirk O'Field
    1933 to 1934: Edinburgh Settlement Annual Report; Kirk O'Field; An Impression
    15th March 2016
    Edinburgh Settlement
    A continual hammering, the sweet smell of wood-shav­ings, groups of men busy at a...
  • 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...
  • 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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