When Edinburgh Napier University purchased the former Craiglockhart College of Education in 1986, a large Victorian building, we did more than just accommodate our expanding needs, we acquired a piece of history.
The War Poets
It was here at Craiglockhart War Hospital during the First World War, that some of Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) and Siegfried Sassoon’s (1886-1967) greatest war poetry was inspired and written, and there is no better place for this special collection to be on permanent display to the public.
The War Poets Collection Exhibition at Craiglockhart
The Collection now comprises more than 800 items, including many unique items that Edinburgh Napier University is proud to own, such as signed first edition books, volumes of poetry by Sassoon and Owen and three original issues of The Hydra, the hospital’s magazine.
Our permanent exhibition within Craiglockhart Campus allows visitors to view the War Poets Collection and gain an insight into the personal and social experiences of war through the words, memories, voices and objects that the officers, medical staff and relatives left behind.
The War Poets Collection is on permanent display and open to all members of the public for self-guided visits. To arrange group visits or guided visits please email.