One of the most distinguished cast collections in Europe, this collection of 265 plaster casts includes Antique, Renaissance and Gothic statues, bas reliefs and architectural passages. Still used by our students today, the collection’s history contributes to our understanding of the role of art education in Edinburgh during the late Enlightenment, and its contribution to the city as the ‘Athens of the North’.

The remarkable Edinburgh Cast Collection comprises 265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages.

Acquired between the late 18th and late 19th centuries as a teaching collection to illustrate Classical art history, the works are now used across a range of programmes at Edinburgh College of Art, and remain accessible to the public.

The pieces displayed in the Sculpture Court include the Parthenon frieze, donated directly by Lord Elgin especially for the education of artists in Scotland.

As well as being an important teaching resource in drawing, painting, art history and art conservation, the collection is often featured in major exhibitions and installations.

The Edinburgh Cast Collection website has a wealth of information on the collection's history, including image galleries and exhibition details.