Exhibition and Visiting

Our dedicated exhibition area is located in the original entrance foyer to the original part of the building. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the exhibition on self-guided tours during core opening hours of the building.

The Exhibition

Visitors are taken back in time to come face to face with the horrors and unfaltering camaraderie of trench warfare, and to consider the effects of the First World War on the minds and bodies of those men who fought.  

The exhibition area was made possible with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, other organisations and individual donors. It was officially opened on 11th November 2005 by the broadcaster and journalist, Dr Allan Little.   

Created by staff at the University, exhibition designers Studio SP and multimedia designers CMC Associates, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the minds of the poets, patients and medical staff at Craiglockhart, using contemporary photographs, books, film, audio and memorabilia. We hope it will offer visitors a unique insight into the motivations of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen and a greater understanding of the important personal, social and medical achievements that occurred within the walls of Craiglockhart War Hospital.

The exhibition also provides the War Poets Collection with the home it deserves, in the correct environmental conditions that will preserve it for visitors to enjoy today and in the future.

Visiting the War Poets Collection Exhibition  

The War Poets Collection is on permanent display and the exhibition is open to all members of the public for self-guided visits during Craiglockhart campus opening times. 

Monday to Friday:    9.00am – 5.00pm

Weekends:              By arrangement. Contact Catherine Walker, Curator   

Please note that these hours may vary during vacation time, public holidays or due to unforeseen circumstances. Check our Opening Hours webpage for information about possible closures or see the University’s Twitter feed @edinburghnapier

To arrange group visits, guided visits and visits outwith normal business hours, please contact: 

The Curator

War Poets Collection

Edinburgh Napier University

Craiglockhart Library


EH14 1DJ

Tel: 0131 455 4260

Email: warpoets@napier.ac.uk or c.walker@napier.ac.uk

 Under 16s must be accompanied on campus by a responsible adult, see the Access to University by Children policy.  

Please check in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Reserved visitor car parking spaces may be available on campus by prior arrangement with the University. Please request a space in advance by emailing car.parking@napier.ac.uk stating your name, vehicle registration number and the date of your visit. Cars parked during the week without permission may be subject to a fine.  

Parking is only allowed without prior arrangement after 4pm and at weekends.