Bicentennial Anniversary Weekend


St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh
Montage of James Watt statue with Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia Campus buildings

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Heriot-Watt's first lecture, join a series of inspiring and enlightening events at the university's birthplace. 

On 16 October 1821 the School of Arts of Edinburgh 'for the instruction of mechanics in such branches of physical science as are of practical application in their several trades' held the first lecture in chemistry at St Cecilia's concert hall in the Old Town. Despite criticism from the establishment fearing educating the lower classes would lead to revolution, the School also received support from The Scotsman, and within a month 452 students had enrolled. Within 30 years there were 700 Mechanics Institutes in Britain and the movement had also developed in American and Australia

Across the Bicentennial Anniversary weekend, there will be events for staff, students, alumni and communities to find out more about how Heriot-Watt was established and how our research now is driving forwards an equitable, innovative future. 

More information will be available in September on the Bicentennial webpages