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Our 230th Anniversary Highlights

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In 2017, we celebrated our 230th Anniversary and what a fantastic year it was, with many moments, events and experiences to remember.

We’ve been reminiscing and picked out five of our favourites. 


Alternative Peers Ball

The Alternative Peers Ball was our 230th celebration pinnacle. In essence, an all-in-one-night music and arts festival inspired by, the original Peers Ball presented by Sir Walter Scott in 1822.

The event featured a 5-hour contemporary music line up presented by BBC Radio Scotland DJ Vic Galloway including Django Django, Pictish Trail, Meursault, Man of Moon, Siobhan Wilson, SKJØR & Monoganon, as well as a DJ set from Edinburgh’s LuckyMe Records. The event also featured live art by Ursula Cheng, Too Much Fun Club, Donald Watson and Projector Club.

See more from the event.


Receiving the Gold Green Tourism Award

Back in April, we were delighted to be awarded the Gold Green Tourism Award, the highest accolade for environmental practice from leading sustainability certification programme Green Tourism.

A lot of work goes into delivering and maintaining the high standards required for this award but we wouldn’t have it any other way as we always want to strive to develop our green credentials and minimise our carbon footprint. Did you know we’re also a member of the Green Arts Initiative and have signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Pledge?


Celebrating with the New Town – Georgian Shadows launch

Edinburgh's New Town turned 250 years old in 2017 coinciding with our own 230th anniversary! In celebration of this milestone and as a signature event in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, an atmospheric walking tour experience was developed, highlighting the city's beautiful Georgian architecture.

The Georgian Shadows event launched with an introductory walking tour ending here at Assembly Rooms with a champagne and cocktail reception which doubled as our own celebration of our 230th anniversary.


Edinburgh Sketcher drawing the Assembly Rooms

This year we hosted two drawing tours with the exceptional Edinburgh Sketcher, Mark Kirkham recognised for bringing the capital to life on paper with his sketches.

The sketching events were a great new take on our building tours allowing our guests to visualise the venue in a different way. It was particularly special to have the venue sketched and its beauty and unique detail captured and immortalised in our 230th year.


Being a part of Edinburgh’s 101 Objects

In May 2017, Edinburgh’s 101 Objects campaign launched showcasing the history and items both hidden and in plain sight around the City of Edinburgh. Developed by ETAG, Marketing Edinburgh and Edinburgh World Heritage, the campaign has been made possible by more than 50 Edinburgh partners coming together.

Here at Assembly Rooms, we have two maps of Edinburgh’s New Town, particularly suited to our 230th anniversary celebrations, reminding us of the history and development of the Assembly Rooms and the New Town.


Want more? Click here to read about five of our favourite moments from our 230 year history!