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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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Main Building Elsie Inglis
    1993: Edinburgh Settlement Unveils Plans For ‘Care Village’
    12th December 2014
    Edinburgh Settlement, Other Archives
    University Settlement bids to turn disused Elsie Inglis Hospital into Scotland’s first ‘Care Village’....
  • 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
    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,...



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