Welcome to the Morningside Heritage Association website.

Go to our Programme of Activities for news of the Association's activities and click here or go to our Facebook page  for the latest on events run by other groups and other items we think might be relevant to those with an interest in the heritage of the Morningside area. (Please note that you do not have to be signed up with Facebook to access our page.)

Our programme of talks for the session 2016-2017 will start in October. Details are available here.

Our next meeting takes place on 1 November 2016 and is a talk "Reflections on the Police Service in Scotland" by Dr John McGowan.

Our Aims

We exist to promote the study of the history of the Morningside area of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. We were founded in 1982.

Our ultimate aim is to provide a permanent locus for the preservation and study of information about the heritage of the area of Morningside.

What do we do?

We have monthly talks on aspects of the heritage of Morningside and surrounding areas of Edinburgh. These take place at 7.15 pm (with tea and coffee available from 6.45) in Morningside Parish Church Hall (corner of Cluny Gardens and Braid Road). The location is convenient for local buses and has disabled access.

In the Summer we arrange a number of visits for our members to places of historical interest in the area.  These usually take place in the afternoon.

We undertake projects exploring the history of the area. These have led to publications and a stage play. Our latest project is to investigate the effects of the Second World War on Morningside and its residents. For  details of our most recent project see our World War One project page.

We are making an archive of material (photographs, publications, and ephemera) relating to life in Morningside over the years.

In addition, we hold annual Heritage Days to publicise our activities.


For a copy of our latest newsletter click here


Some images of Morningside
  • Local shop

    Scott's Ironmonger's, until a few years ago a local shop and landmark.

  • Our latest publication

    Morningside Memories which is what it says on the cover, a volume of memories of Morningside.

  • An important literary landmark

    The gravestone of Alison Cunningham, Robert Louis Stevenson's nurse, in Morningside Cemetery

An important landmark in Morningside
The building that now houses "The Hermitage" at Morningside Station as it used to be.