Following a major £33m refurbishment project, the University of Edinburgh’s historic McEwan Hall is reopening on Monday 3rd July 2017 for this year’s Summer Graduations.

For students on the Architectural Conservation - MSc programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the occasion is extra special, as they’ve been working on the restoration of the building’s painted murals.

As part of an internship initiative, the students have been working alongside specialist conservators led by Interserve Construction.

Specifically, they have been cleaning and renovating the painted murals that decorate the walls and ceilings of the iconic 19th century building, which was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the Italian Renaissance style and is traditionally used for graduations.

The murals, including the large Temple of Fame depicting a number of philosophers and former students, are the work of artist William Mainwaring Palin.

Architectural Conservation student Anushka Desouza has said of the experience…

“It’s brilliant to get hands-on experience of things that we are learning in class.”

McEwan Hall sneak peak

As the extensive McEwan Hall refurbishment comes to an end, here is a sneak peak in advance of our Summer graduations starting on 3 July. #EdinburghGrad

Posted by The University of Edinburgh on Thursday, June 8, 2017

 

Photo of a student working on a mural restoration
Photograph: Neil Hanna
The murals are the work of artist William Mainwaring Palin

The students have been cleaning and renovating the painted murals that decorate the walls and ceilings of the iconic 19th century building, which was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the Italian Renaissance style.

About the McEwan Hall refurbishment project

Built between 1888 and 1897 through the largest single private donation in the University’s history, the McEwan Hall has long been in need of repair.

The £33m investment in the building sees it restored to its original status as a major asset for both the University and the city of Edinburgh.

As well as the building itself, the project has seen major improvements to surrounding Bristo Square, including tree planting, more social space and improved accessibility.

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) students across a range of programmes will graduate at the newly refurbished Hall on Tuesday 4th July 2017, when American film-maker, Oliver Stone, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

About Architectural Conservation at ECA

Our Architectural Conservation - MSc programme is over forty years old, making it the longest-established programme of its kind in the UK.

It is part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), ECA’s specialist teaching and research unit, based in the city’s historic Old Town.

In addition to formal teaching, the programme partners with a wide network of heritage organisations to provide diverse volunteering opportunities.

As well as Interserve, these organisations include Historic Environment Scotland, British Geological Survey, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Edinburgh World Heritage, Durham World Heritage, Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland, Orkney Islands Council, City of Edinburgh Council, and Docomomo.


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