Royal Edinburgh Hospital talks up lecture series

In celebration of its bicentenary next year, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has commissioned an eight-part lecture series highlighting 200 years of pioneering mental health care provision across Lothian.  The series begins today (3 October 2012) and runs until June 2013.

The keynote lecture is being given by renowned American academic, Andrew Scull, Professor of Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California.

Tim Montgomery, Director of Operations, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Associated Services (REAS), NHS Lothian, said:  “I am delighted with the planned lecture series which will be given by some of the leading experts in the field of mental health and history of the hospital. I am sure the series will appeal to many people including clinicians, staff, the local community and members of the public.  A great deal of hard work has gone into the preparation of this series and we have had a huge amount of much appreciated support from a number of organisations. 

“We are finalising our plans for a range of bicentenary celebrations next year and hope to involve all those interested in the hospital to join us in this major milestone of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital which has been at the forefront of mental health care services since it first opened its doors.”

The series is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Scottish Government and the lectures cover a wide variety of the rich and diverse history of the hospital from the early 19th century to the present day.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by contacting 0131 537 6399, apart from lectures 3, 4 and 5 which are available on a first come first served basis. 

Further information on the lecture series and leaflet, which can be downloaded, are available via the NHS Lothian website at:

To coincide with the lecture series, Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) is also launching its Royal Edinburgh Hospital Archive Appeal.  The LHSA is looking for donations of photographs, letters, books or objects dating from the 18th century to now, to supplement and complement NHS Lothian’s existing, rich archive. The LHSA can be contacted at or on 0131 650 3392.