Custom House Open Day

The doors of Leith’s Custom House will swing open to the public this weekend (Sunday 14 June 10am-4pm) thanks to a lease arrangement between the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT).

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener, comments:

“This Open Day is the first chance local residents and businesses will have to catch a glimpse inside one of Leith’s most historic and iconic buildings.

“For the first time in decades, the building will be open to the public and visitors will be able to meet members of SHBT who will be looking after the building. The long-term plan for Custom House will be for the place to become a hub for the Leith community and I urge you to come along and give them your ideas about what you’d like to see happen to the venue.

“Now that the keys have been handed over, the Trust will be able to start carrying out initial works to the interior and exterior of the building. With arts organisation Out of the Blue as tenants and the Council as landlord, arts and heritage will remain at the core of the building’s use.”

Built in 1812 by Robert Reid, it was in this building that taxes and levies were collected as goods from across the world passed through the port. Most British customs houses were relatively modest, but Leith’s is one of just a handful that stand out from the rest.”

“Drop in to the Open Day and you will discover artefacts - pictures and maps of Old Leith - on loan from the Council’s museums and galleries collection. Explore stalls from local organisations and shops and the history of this unique building on Commercial Street."

Custom House Open Day / 67 Commerical Street / Sunday 14 June, 10am-4pm.

A visit from the Lord Provost and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2pm.

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