Ideas Event – 23rd March

Join us on the 23rd of March to discuss possibilities for the future of the Astley Ainslie site and contribute your own ideas.

The event runs from 1000 to 1600 at the Eric Liddell Centre (“Holy Corner”, 15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP). We will be collecting ideas throughout the day as well as providing information on the site and the future plans.

We also have an exciting program of events planned, including discussion panels, talks and guided tours of the site.

Discussion Panels

Through-out the day we will have a series of discussion panels with fascinating, inspiring speakers on a whole range of topics. Further details of the speakers can be found here.

Nature and green space1030-11.15Leonie Alexander,
Willie McGhee,
Jonathan Silvertown
Bringing people together1130-1215Lyn Jardine
Roksan Hur
Lucy Holroyd
Architecture and buildings1300-1345Malcolm Fraser,
Sandy Halliday
Akiko Kobayashi
Health1400-1445Michele Hipwell,
Mairianna Clyde,
Stewart Mercer
Outside the Box1500-1545Jan-Bert van den Berg
Alex Hamilton
Marion Preez

The History of the Astley Ainslie

At 1215, historian Sara Stevenson will be talking on the fascinating history of the Astley Ainslie site, from the 18th century characters who created opulent houses, to the founding of the hospital and its eventual incorporation into the NHS.

Walking Tours

Guided tours of the site from the Astley Ainslie Community Engagement Group and Willie McGhee will be available at 1200, 1300 and 1400.

Numbers are limited to 15 per tour, and available on a first-come basis, so sign-up on the day.


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