Doors Open Day

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Each September, Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey take part in Edinburgh Doors Open Day, opening up the doors to the Lyell Centre, Oriam, the Heriot-Watt Museum and the Institute of Civil Engineering Museum. 

Lyell Centre

One of Europe’s leading centres in Earth, marine and ecosystem sciences, the Lyell Centre enhances Scotland’s research base and supports its innovation strategy through socially and industrially relevant research.

Our research combines with innovative technology to find solutions to the global challenges facing our planet from the deep sub-surface of the earth to the polar regions.

Here you can find out more about research at the Lyell Centre.

Institution of Civil Engineers museum

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland Branch houses some 300 items, many of which have Edinburgh connections. On display will be a unique collection of items from all three bridges over the Forth (some recently acquired), a fine selection of surveying instruments, early 19th Century plate rails and much more. 

Heriot-Watt University museum and archive

Located at our Edinburgh campus on the ground floor of the Cameron Smail Library, our museum opens its doors to the community on Doors Open Day.

Supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, our museum tells the inspiring story of the University's development from its origins in Edinburgh's Old Town to Scotland's International University. It also reveals how our commitment to sustainability and the stewardship of our beautiful grounds is rooted in a rich heritage of campus and community life stretching back over 800 years to the turbulent times of Robert the Bruce.


Oriam is Scotland's National Performance Centre for Sport, and it has a host of activities on Doors Open Day weekend - from tours of the performance suite to sports and wellbeing activities for all ages.

Oriam, based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus, was created to provide our top sportsmen and women with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for successful performance on the international stage.

While the roots of investment into creating Oriam were driven by performance sport, the organisation is focused on the three key pillars of performance, student and community.

Oriam is committed to contributing to the health of the nation through both enabling access to facilities and provision of programmes and services targeted at a range of different user groups.

For information about upcoming opportunities to engage with Heriot-Watt research, check out the HW Engage Facebook page. 

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