Exhibition and Visiting

Our dedicated exhibition area is located in the original entrance foyer of the old 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.

Edinburgh Napier University Craiglockhart Campus

219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

Map showing location of Craiglockhart Campus

0131 455 4260

Accessing the War Poets Collection Exhibition

The War Poets Collection is on permanent display and is located on the ground floor of the original building. The main entrance doors to the campus face Glenlockhart Road. The permanent 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. Please note that doors into the campus building may be restricted to swipe card access after 6pm and at weekends. Visitors should press the buzzer beside the entrance doors to speak to a member of our Security Team, who can assist. For further details contact Catherine Walker, Curator or speak to a member of the Craiglockhart Library Team on 0131 455 4260.

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. Please check in advance to avoid disappointment. 

For details on public transport and cycling to Craiglockhart campus, see the Getting here section on the Craiglockhart page.

To arrange group visits, guided visits and visits outwith normal business hours contact the Curator

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


Car Parking

Visitor car parking spaces may be available on campus by prior arrangement with the University. 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.