News – The Edinburgh Royal Scots Club uncovers photographs from 1919

The Edinburgh Royal Scots Club uncovers rare photographs from 1919

Staff at the historic Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh have uncovered rarely seen photographs of the building’s meeting rooms as they looked in 1919.  The building formerly housed in temporary huts in St Andrew Square after the First World War can be seen in the photographs, with turn of the century flipcharts and desks.

St Andrew Square from above

Inside their temporary hut in 1919

The renovation of an additional room for the business and accommodation facility, happening as the pictures were rediscovered, is part of an ongoing programme to modernise the business drop-in and meetings facilities.  The difference between a venue with free wifi and modern rooms and the club as it was in 1919 is underlined by the photographs released this week.

Adrian Hayes, general manager, comments: “The more we bring the Royal Scots Club into the modern meetings world, the broader the scope of visitor.  It was only recently we updated our meetings first aid kit to include connectivity, phone chargers and USB sticks, and here we are looking at an old flipchart! Free wifi and an IT specialist on hand is a far cry from those original days.”

Yves le Marchand, managing director of Experience Scotland which works with the Royal Scots Club comments: “The Club is extremely popular with our French and Belgian visitors because of the connections to war and military history.  These photographs are an example of the character and personality of the Royal Scots Club that make it both unique and special and is why we welcome thousands of visitors each year from these countries.”

Set within a historic Georgian building in Edinburgh city centre, the Royal Scots Club offers an intimate venue with friendly service, superb technology and modern facilities which can cater for up to 200, with 23 luxury bedrooms onsite.  The elegant and comfortable rooms are ideal for everything from a gala dinner to a small corporate lunch or seminar. The Club also provides drop in spaces for business people looking for a location for a small meeting or private working.

Edinburgh 1919

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