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Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Industrial Museum
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Status: A Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Museum of Science and Art  
Item 2 of 4Royal Scottish Museum  
Item 3 of 4The National Museum of Scotland Yes 
Item 4 of 4The Royal Museum of Scotland  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Museum  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Brighton StreetYes 
Item 2 of 244, Chambers StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1825 March 1857  First sketch design
Item 2 of 1818591860 Alternative Fowke and Matheson designs for façade
Item 3 of 188 January 1859  Second design
Item 4 of 1818611865 Central and eastern sections built
Item 5 of 181861  Contract plans
Item 6 of 1823 October 1861 Foundation stone 
Item 7 of 181862 Design exhibitedFowke design
Item 8 of 1818711875 Western part of central building completed to Fowke's design
Item 9 of 1818851889 Western section built to Fowke's design, but with simplified treatment of western flank
Item 10 of 1818851889 West wing
Item 11 of 1819101914 South-east extension
Item 12 of 181930  Staircase
Item 13 of 1819341937 Brighton Street extension
Item 14 of 1818 November 1966 Contract offeredContract awarded to James Turner & Co. Ltd., for alterations cosating £60,000
Item 15 of 181991 * Competition announcedInternational design competition for new extension announced. 371 Designs were submitted, making this the second largest international architectural contest held in the UK to date.
Item 16 of 1830 November 1998 CompletionCompletion of the New Museum of Scotland extension on Chambers street, George IV Bridge
Item 17 of 182011 RedevelopmentInternal remodelling
Item 18 of 18c. 20012003Alteration/conversionAlterations to the New Museum of Scotland Annex were completed in 2003. These alterations included the inclusion of a revolving glass door at the base of the tower entrance, the insertion of a reception desk to the Tower foyer, the removal of a stone balustrade in the North Wing, changes to the staircase treads, the masking of external windows with opaque film and the insertion of guttering and downpipes to the external facade.

Benson and Forsyth noted that these changes, which had been enacted without their consultation, had a serious negative impact on the quality of the New Museum of Scotland Annex.

* earliest date known from documented sources.


People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 18Francis FowkeArchitect 18571865Original design (central and eastern sections built)
Item 2 of 18H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB18611865Central part built to Fowke's design, with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 3 of 18Robert MathesonArchitectB18611865Central part built to Fowke's design, Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works (1st phase)
Item 4 of 18H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC18701874Western part of central building completed to Fowke's design, with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works (2nd phase)
Item 5 of 18Robert MathesonArchitectC18701874Western part of central building completed to Fowke's design, with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works (2nd phase)
Item 6 of 18H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceD18851889West wing
Item 7 of 18Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectD18851889West wing
Item 8 of 18William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)Architect 19101914South-east extension
Item 9 of 18H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceE1930 Staircase
Item 10 of 18H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA19341937Brighton Street extension wih J Wilson Paterson in charge
Item 11 of 18John Wilson PatersonArchitectA19341937Brighton Street extension (as architect for Scotland)
Item 12 of 18James Turner & Co. LtdBuilderS1966 Contract awarded to James Turner & Co. Ltd., for alterations
Item 13 of 18Alan ForsythArchitectF1991(?)1998 
Item 14 of 18Benson and Forsyth Architects Architectural practiceF1991 *1998Construction of the New Museum of Scotland extension on Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.
Item 15 of 18Gordon BensonArchitectF1991(?)1998 
Item 16 of 18Anthony Hunt Associates S19911998Structural engineers for the New Museum of Scotland extension
Item 17 of 18O'Rourke Scotland ContractorS19911998Concrete Contractor for the New Museum of Scotland extension
Item 18 of 18Gareth Hoskins J2011 Internal remodelling

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1The board of Trustees of the National Museum of Scotlandclient for the 1990s extension

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 2Enterprise Scotland 1947 Exhibition 
Item 2 of 2Royal Scottish Museum, Lecture Theatre and exhibition rooms 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Benson and Forsyth Architects2003The Museum of Scotland - Changes  Self published note on the changes to the fabric of The New Museum of Scotland.
Item 2 of 6Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp186-7
Item 3 of 6Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1862, no 892
Item 4 of 6Historic Scotland Lists     
Item 5 of 6Princeton Arch Staff1995Rassegna 64: Edinburgh Princeton Architectural Presspg 63-71 Richard Murphy, "Edinburgh: The Potential"
Item 6 of 6Scottish Civic Trust1983Historic Buildings at Work: a guide to the historic buildings of Scotland used by Central Government Scottish Civic Trust/Property Services Agency, Department of the Environmentpp86-7

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Architect and Building News1930Jul-Dec p222
Item 2 of 9Architects Journal7 May 1998  p28
Item 3 of 9Builder22 November 1862XX  
Item 4 of 9Builder19 August 1865XXIII  
Item 5 of 9Building18 November 1966  p180
Item 6 of 9Concrete Quarterly1997Winter Concrete - The Marble of the Twentieth Century, by Peter Wilson

p8-11
Item 7 of 9RSA   96th Annual Report
Item 8 of 9Scotsman14 August 1991  Drawing the Line oVer our Heritage, by Charles McKean
Item 9 of 9Scotsman19 January 1998  ARTS pg15

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2DMW ArchiveTate, Jim: Industrial Museum of Scotland, Unpublished paper, June 1992  
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27748 

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