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1965 Doll

Children were, on occasion, born in the hospital to patients undergoing treatment for mental ill health. In the 60s and 70s, babies accompanied mothers with puerperal psychosis into the hospital, so that a bond might have a better chance of forming. This service is now provided by St. John’s at Howden, in West Lothian


imageDid you know that there is a talk on at 11am at the Talbot Rice Gallery on Saturday 8th February? There should be seats available, so just turn up!

As the REH becomes a shiny new building it is important that we look back and consider how the designed landscape that surrounds many of Scotland’s hospitals came to be seen as very important in the treatment of patients.

The talk will be given by Christopher Dingwall, Garden Historian.


imageUpcoming Events
Saturday 1 February, 11am
Voices From the Past

A Performative talk by Pauline Goldsmith and Ruth Honeybone, travelling backwards and forwards through time, creating a picture of the Royal Edinburgh hospital from the perspective of the people who have lived and worked there over the past 200 years.
During the research for Mark Dion’s ‘200 Years, 200 Objects’, many stories about the Royal Edinburgh Hospital were unearthed. Some of these were obvious fabrications, whilst others would appear to be true, but all need to be told.
Arlink has put together a talk which knits together all these stories, from interviews and anecdotes found within the archive, to old newspaper articles and letters from 19th century patients. The result is a fascinating portrait of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital that is at times sad, at times humourous.
Introduced by Alison Stirling, Artlink.

Pauline Goldsmith is an award winning actress, comedian and writer. Ruth Honeybone is the manager of the Lothian Health Services Archive. The LHSA have been instrumental in the collation of work and information for the EVER, PRESENT, PAST exhibition.

Admission FREE
This event is now fully booked.

Feedback from markers tour


On Saturday we ran another very successful Markers Tour of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Led by Maggie and Jane, the group got to see the hospital from two entirely different perspectives, with a few add ins from Alison.

We asked people who went on the talk to give us a little feedback. Here is what they said….

I attended the tour yesterday, and a big thank you to our wonderful guides, especially Maggie – who conveyed the importance of the hospital to those who have been part of its history. More of a treasure hunt- we came across these magical markers of personal history and experience: a surprise around every corner.

The juxtaposition with the ‘official’ art on the walls of the corridor (which is itself an impressive collection) emphasised the intensely personal nature of the plaques. Such an important place for so many at their most vulnerable: at last some markers of their passing through. Congratulations to all involved’.


Many thanks for organising the tour round the Royal Ed on Sat 25th Jan 2014.It was extremely interesting and Very well presented with All 3 guides filling in where required.

Royal Edinburgh Hospital FETE – 6TH SEPTEMBER

Here are some photos of the Fete. It was well attended. Look out for the Punch & Judy Stall designed by Maggie Keppie.





Some of the posters advertising the Fete

Not long to go until the REH Fete! Bring your creative skills, a picture of your dog or visit the history room. Just a few of the many attractions you’ll be able to enjoy.

The picnic

THE PICNIC.  A few photos of a great day……