Before Adam: the origins of Register House

When & Where

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH13YY

Event Details

Dr Tristram Clarke

The foundation stone of General Register House in Edinburgh was laid on 27th June 1774. Standing at the junction of Princes Street and the North Bridge, Robert Adam’s neoclassical masterpiece is a familiar Edinburgh landmark. Yet it was not always destined to be built on this site, or even in the New Town. The 250th anniversary of its foundation provides a good moment to re-examine how the Register House came to stand where it does. The story of how and why a modern home for Scotland's national archives was created is closely connected to the birth of Edinburgh’s New Town, and contains some surprising twists along the way.

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Jocelyn Grant



Event Location

HM General Register House
2 Princes Street


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