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175th Anniversary Exhibition, Edinburgh Central Library

Material and publishing from the EMMS International Archives and the Central Library will be on display for the first time. 

An extensive public exhibition Health&Hope marking the 175th Anniversary of EMMS International is on at Edinburgh Central Library from the 2nd - 25th August 2016. This exhibition is free to attend and coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.


This public exhibition at the Edinburgh Central Library features materials from the EMMS International archives. The exhibition will bring to life the history of EMMS International from a modest Edinburgh health mission established in the Cowgate in 1841 who cared for the needs of the sick and poor in Edinburgh, to the current realisation of their ambitious vision to reach out to marginalised communities across the globe.  


To provide snapshots of this rich and diverse history, the work of some early members of the Society have been highlighted. These include Dr David Livingstone, an early corresponding member of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society; Dr Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes; and Robert Law of Malawi, to name but a few.


The exhibition traces the growth of the Society’s work right up to the modern day focus of EMMS International. Stunning images, captured by three international photographers, tell the story of EMMS International’s current work in Malawi, Nepal and India.


Exhibits are to be found in several spaces within the Central Library.

For further information or for details about a guided tour contact Mary Robertson at events@emms.org  or phone 0131 313 3828.

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