Edinburgh Napier University has a number of outstanding collections which explore, explain and engage with the cultural history of Edinburgh and beyond. 

Heritage Collections look after the University’s unique and distinctive collections. These include rare books, manuscripts, archival documents such as letters, photographs, and printed ephemera, as well as a wide variety of objects, including sculptures, ceramics, and paintings.

Our purpose is to promote, protect, and preserve the University's heritage collections, enabling their effective use and enjoyment by the widest possible audience through engagement, learning, teaching, and research. 

We regularly host tours of the War Poets Collection and Edward Clark Collection. Tours are free for individuals and groups up to 15 people (donations welcome), and normally take between 20-30 minutes for the War Poets Collection, and up to 60 minutes for the Edward Clark Collection. The War Poets Collection exhibition can also be visited as a self-guided tour any time during regular Craiglockhart campus opening hours.

If you would like to consult any specific heritage collection items for research, please email us with details on the item(s) you would like to see, along with proposed dates and times for when you would like to consult them. The consultation service is available Mondays to Fridays from 10am-4pm.

Tours and consultations are dependent on staff availability and need to be arranged in advance.

If you would like to visit or learn more about the collections, please get in touch!

Email: heritage@napier.ac.uk.
Phone: 0131 455 3600