REVIEW – Some Like It Too Hot, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

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 Some Like It Too Hot

Out of the Blue Drill Hall  is a fantastic venue in the heart of Leith which is currently exhibiting  ‘Some Like It Too Hot’, a joint venture with Greener Leith.  

We visited the exhibition today and spoke with Rosie Lewis, the Carbon Reduction Officer at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall  and exhibition artistic creator. 

Rosie explained, “The overall effect of this exhibition is to give a fascinating insight into how Leithers are trying to keep their bills down whilst living in leaky houses. This is an exhibition with a difference as we are offering advice on insulation and the chance to win an A-rated fridge-freezer to all who sign up for energy advice”  

It may not seem the most interesting of subjects at first glance, but it is really fascinating to see the images and how much heat escapes from homes around Leith.  Based on human stories, there is an element of voyeurism involved as you get to see inside ten  homes and what their annual gas bills are.  


A thermal picture of the house is displayed alongside beautiful portraits of householders in their homes and their stories underneath. 

Thermal image camera

There is also a thermal image camera for people to take images of each other to see heat spots on their bodies.  Thermal jackets and hats to are available to experiment with, making this an excellent educating exhibition for people of all ages.  I tried the camera out and was pleased to see that with my jacket zipped up, my clothes were energy efficient with the only heat  loss on my body was escaping through my head. 

Rosie also created the magnificent suspended wind chime sculpture from  insulation pipes which complements the photography on display.   

Advice is on hand on how to reduce gas bills by making basic changes to your house and information on schemes for elderly people who may qualify for free insulation.  Out of the Blue Drill Hall has an excellent cafe which uses locally sourced goods (such as Manna House bread) at very reasonable prices.  

Example story

Speaking with Rosie about the exhibition as a whole,  she said “the work on display is an artistic and innovative take on energy use in Leith” and proudly smiles.  She has every reason to be proud of this fascinating exhibit, so be sure to pay it a visit before it ends. 

Some Like It Too Hot runs until Saturday 24 April (not Sunday 18 April) between 10am and 5pm and is FREE.   

You can find Out of the Blue Drill Hall at 36 Dalmeny Street and is a fully accessible building.  Should you require any further information, please email or call 0131 555 7101 

Other events coming up at the venue can be found here

Suitable for disabled?   Yes, the venue is completely accessible and the exhibition is well spaced out. 

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