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SHBT & EWH – The Medieval Churches of Edinburgh – Forgotten Riches! A talk by Adam Cumming

16 May - 18:00

£6 – £12

Most medieval cities and towns had several churches, of different sizes, serving the population.  Edinburgh was no exception, and while several have vanished, more remains than is realised.  This talk will describe what was and what remains as well as look at some later developments.  It will cover well-known survivors, such as St Giles as well as those much less well known, like Trinity College and the Magdalen Chapel.

Prof Adam Cumming has worked as a research scientist for over 40 years in the defence field. He was made an Honorary Professor in the University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry.

He is an Associate Editor of two academic journals and is the editor of several books in his field.  He is very active in supporting networking and collaboration both nationally and internationally and takes part in or chairs several scientific committees for conferences.

He has a life-long interest in church architecture and history, particularly Scottish, and this led him to become a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland as well as membership of other related organisations.  He has been involved with EWH since returning to Edinburgh in 2014 and acted as a guide in the Tron Kirk. He became firstly a supporter and then a Trustee of Scotland’s Churches’ Trust before becoming its Chair in October 2022.  He has lectured on Scottish church architecture to the National Trust for Scotland amongst others. His work involvements have allowed him to visit many churches across Europe and has observed similarities in approach and architecture.


In person (includes drinks reception):

  • Members £8
  • Non-members £12


  • Member £6
  • Non-members £10


  • Date: Thursday 16 May 2024
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Venue: Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG

This event will also be recorded, and the recording later distributed to ticket holders.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via email at events@ewht.org.uk

For more information about holding events at Riddle’s Court, or any SHBT property go to https://www.shbt.org.uk/our-buildings/riddles-court/


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Riddles Court 322 Lawnmarket Edinburgh EH1 2PG
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