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The Cities and Town Planning Exhibitions, 1831 - 1917

Identifier: Coll-1167/A

Scope and Contents

Exhibits, catalogues and supporting items that form Patrick Geddes' replacement Cities and Town Planning Exhibition. The replacement exhibition was constituted under the direction of Patrick Geddes' friend and colleague the architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester (1863-1953) and sent to India in December 1914. Geddes requested the constitution of the replacement exhibition after the loss of the original Cities and Town Planning Exhibition during its transportation to India, as a result of the sinking of the S.S. Grant south-west of India in October 1914. The Cities and Town Planning Exhibition included the Survey of Edinburgh as a case study. The replica Cities and Town Exhibition, consisted of over 4000 paintings, drawings, prints and plans collected and prepared for Patrick Geddes in 1914-15.


  • Creation: 1831 - 1917


Language of Materials

From the Fonds:








404 items : 75 photographic prints; 35 engravings; 82 plans; 37 maps; 17 drawings; 5 lithographs; 48 illustrations; 8 prints; 21 collotypes; 1 etching; 7 watercolours; 7 pamphlets; 6 reproduction photographic prints; 5 reproduction extracts; 2 diagrams; 3 reproduction reports


The intellectual arrangement reflects the physical arrangement of the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition as set out in the catalogue of the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition, Dublin, 1911.

Contextual Resource

Geddes, P., and Mears, F. C., Cities and Town Planning Exhibition Guide-Book and Outline Catalogue (Dublin, Browne and Nolan, Limited, 1911) ( courtesy of Toronto University Library

Previous Location

The Outlook Tower, Edinburgh

Processing Information

All of the items within Coll-1167/A/1 which refer to the exhibition catalogues and contextual information are noted missing and to be located (2016-2020 stock-check).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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