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General view of St John's Street, showing Dalhousie Land, Moray House College of Education Edinburgh, from S.

DP 160516

Description General view of St John's Street, showing Dalhousie Land, Moray House College of Education Edinburgh, from S.

Date 20/8/2013

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 160516

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content This shows the north-eastern section of St John's Street, which is largely occupied by Dalhousie Land, developed on the site between 1960 and 1963. Designed by Alexander Esme Gordon (1910-93) & William Gordon Dey (1911-97), the brown concrete-clad building originally housed lecture theatre, art rooms and a swimming pool. The building was refurbished in the 1990s as a library for the Holyrood campus. Opened in 1996, the building has seen further refurbishment in 1999-2000. The building was named after George, 8th Earl of Dalhousie (d.1787) who lived at the townhouse at 5 St John's Street, which previously stood on this site. Moray House College of Education's origins began with the establishment of the Free Church of Scotland's Normal and Sessional School in 1848 at Moray House itself. The need for more teachers following the formalisation of education with the 1872 Education Act saw a dedicated training Department set up in 1878-9. The government took on the responsibility of educational training provision from the church in 1905. It was not until 1959 that Moray House College of Education was formally established, and it has subsequently been an associated part of Heriot Watt University before becoming the University of Edinburgh's Faculty of Education from 1998 on.

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