This event is being held in conjunction with Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive where a complementary display will be housed nearby (see separate event). Both events can easily be visited within two hours. The William Arrol Building is a modern university building which houses the museum collection of the Scottish Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Some 300 items forming the majority of items in the collection are on display. Many items have Edinburgh connections. Items on display include a brass water flow meter (c.1864) almost certainly used in the office of David and Charles Stevenson, an early level made by Miller & Edinburgh, Edinburgh (c.1815) and a hydraulic riveter used to construct the Forth Bridge (c.1887).
The event is being organised as a set of four guided tours of twelve visitors per tour starting at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00. Each tour will last for 60 – 75 minutes and can be booked via the SELECT A TIME button (above right). Please book in advance if you wish to ensure your inclusion in a tour. As numbers are strictly limited, you may be disappointed if you turn up but have not booked. Visitor numbers to the Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive event are not restricted. If you intend to join the the 15.00 tour you should take the opportunity to visit the Museum and Archive event beforehand.
On Saturdays the campus is well served by Lothian Buses services 25 and 34. Service 34 is more convenient for the William Arrol Building and operates to a 15 minute frequency and has a stop (36246945) close to the William Arrol Building on Boundary Road North. Service 25 operates to a 12 minute frequency on Saturdays but completes its journey at the University Main Entrance and this will involve a longer outdoor walk to the west door of the William Arrol Building.
Free car parking is available in the nearby Car Park K accessed off Fourth Gait at the west end of Boundary Road North.
Signs from the bus stop and Car Park K will direct you to the west door of the William Arrol Building.