Welcome to the Old Edinburgh Club

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 new Bibliography of Edinburgh History or to our Resources page for useful websites and books.


Annual General Meeting

The Club’s AGM will be held online at 7pm on 22 September 2021. The Agenda can be found here.

Session 2021-22 OEC talks

We plan to host the 2021-22 programme of events in the the Augustine United Church (AUC) on George IV Bridge, with live streaming for members who cannot attend. Lectures start at 7pm.

Professor Roger Jeffrey13 Oct 2021India in Edinburgh: 1750s to the Present
Dr Sam Alberti17 Nov 2021Science, Technology and Edinburgh
Members’ evening15 Dec 2021To be announced.
Professor Iain Hutchison19 Jan 2022Disability in Edwardian Edinburgh
Sheila Collins16 Feb 2022Who is your Captain? The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches
Dr Rebecca Mason16 Mar 2022Widows, Dowers and Debts in Early Modern Scotland