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Talk by Barclay Price: The Artists of Albany Street

Free to Members (£5.00 Guests)

Albany Street was built as part of the second phase of Edinburgh’s New Town, and

its 57 houses date from 1802. Although not one of the city’s most fashionable

thoroughfares, in the 19th century it housed a remarkable number of individuals

working as significant architects, musicians, writers and visual artists. In his talk, arts

administrator turned house-historian Barclay Price, who has researched the 19 th

century occupants of the houses here, will describe these creative residents.

Prepare for tales of faded friendship, much-loved dogs, timely advice, romantic

elopement, fortunate encounters, untimely death, artistic success and



Barclay Price worked in the arts in London and Edinburgh, including setting up a

community theatre company, as deputy director of the Scottish Arts Council and,

lastly, as Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland. He has just completed 8

years as a member of the Board of Creative Scotland.

On retiring he decided to research who lived in his house in Albany Street as guests

had kept asking when they visited. Like Topsy, his research just grew and he traced

all the residents of the street. On the basis of this he was asked to provide small

history pieces for Edinburgh World Heritage’s Facebook page.  While doing this a

chance discovery that a Chinese lived and worked in Edinburgh around 1800 led him

in an unexpected new direction, and his book, The Chinese in Britain, Visitors and

Settlers - a history of Chinese travellers to Britain since the first in 1687 – is

published in mid-January by Amberley Books.

Earlier Event: January 24
Amanda Gizzi Talk
Later Event: January 30
Pássaro de Madeira: Adam Brown Recital