The Club is Edinburgh's local history society, concerned with all aspects of the city's history and development.
For one hundred years we have encouraged interest in Edinburgh's history through lectures and visits. We also publish The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, which is renowned as a source of well-authenticated information on all aspects of Edinburgh history.
We hope our website will help you to explore the fascinating past of Scotland's capital. Go to the Membership page to learn how to join us in exploring Edinburgh through history. If you have a question about Edinburgh's history, go to our Links page for useful websites and books.
Why Old Edinburgh?
The Old Edinburgh Club was founded in 1908 with the aim of recording the vanishing evidence of Edinburgh's history, its buildings and its past inhabitants, from prehistoric times onwards. The Club's original focus was the Old Town, where so much destruction had been wrought during the 50 years since the Improvement Act of 1867, but it was soon recognised that other areas of the city also deserved historical consideration. We remain the only local history society in Edinburgh which concerns itself with the whole of the city.
Book Of The Old Edinburgh Club
The Club has published the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club since 1908. The 40 volumes make up a substantial body of historical articles and source material about Edinburgh's history.