Directory of Collections

For the first time, the scale and variety of the collections held at the University of Edinburgh have been captured in a single, fully illustrated volume. The Directory of Collections at the University of Edinburgh presents a detailed and easily navigable guide to the main named heritage collections of the University, introduced by a section on its most iconic items.

The University holds one of the world's greatest collections, which has been growing since its foundation in 1582. It includes rare books, archives and manuscripts, art, historical musical instruments and a wide range of other museum objects from geological specimens to anatomical models - in total, some 60 kilometres of heritage material. They are curated by specialist staff across 45 different sites within the University and are used for teaching, research and by the wider public community.

You can purchase hardback and paperback copies of the Directory of the Collections, published by Third Millennium, at the Centre for Research Collections and the University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre, as well as online.

Directory of Collections, Copyright © The University of Edinburgh, 2016

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