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'Morningside Mirror', 1845 - 2011

Identifier: LHB7/13

Scope and Contents

Includes items on hospital outings, patient poetry and general articles. There are bound volumes of the periodical, however, from 8a these are loose copies rather than bound unless otherwise stated. The items have been given a running number within each year.


  • Creation: 1845 - 2011

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Biographical / Historical

The 'Morningside Mirror' was a periodical published by the Hospital. It was started in 1845 by Mackinnon and patients were encouraged to contribute. The 'Mirror' as represented here was printed at Royal Edinburgh Asylum from 1845 - 1912, and from 1936 by Darien Press.

From 2010, new editions of the Morningside Mirror in newspaper format were created by Artlink, an organisation working to increase opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled people to participate in the arts. The magazine formed part of Artlink’s contribution to examining the hospital’s history in the lead up to the bicentenary in 2013.


From the Fonds: 212.3 shelf metres: bound volumes, papers, photographic material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Additional copies are from Acc 08/10.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some items in this series have microfilm copies available where indicated.

Related Materials

There was another magazine of patients’ writing called ‘Wadjamadouraydays’ which is at LHB7/8/3; and compilations by the writer-in-residence at LHB7/14/30-31.


Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
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