Support us

Our charitable aim is to provide a 21st century hub for learning based on the principles of Patrick Geddes, a pioneering town planner who held a deep concern for the environment, and a passion for education and conservation. It is very fitting we are based at Riddle’s Court, which Geddes occupied for many years to set up and run his own unique learning and community centre. To deliver our activities we rely on volunteer support and philanthropy.

We have managed to restore Riddle’s Court and give it new life but we still have further work to do through its learning programmes and in its surroundings.

As a charity, we do not receive core funding and generate our income from our activities and donations. With your help we can do more. 

If you would like to help please email

Partnership With Us

The Patrick Geddes Centre values its partnerships with organisations big and small to foster learning based around the work of Patrick Geddes.

From collaboration with the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh in delivering events on Geddes' interest in Botany and his contribution to plants in the Gardens, to publishers supporting the launch of publications encompassing Geddes, the Patrick Geddes Centre seeks to help promote learning through cooperation with others.

The Centre is also keen to explore sponsorship and funded learning programmes addressing particular topics or tackling specific problems, and is always keen to hear from interested parties.


Become a friend


We would like to invite you to support the future of the Patrick Geddes Centre by becoming a friend. As the information and stories throughout this website seek to show, the work and life of Patrick Geddes continues to have real relevance to people today.

Your subscription will help fund our new work and outreach activity. In return you will be the first to hear about developments and opportunities.

All friends benefit from: invitations to special events; newsletter keeping you up to date; discount in our café and venues.


Our Volunteers


Volunteering at the Centre offers you the opportunity to share knowledge about the work of a remarkable Scot, learn more about the topics and issues to which his work has given rise, meet lots of lively visitors and gain the inside view on one of Edinburgh’s special places.

Depending on your skills, interests, and available time we would look to offer you a volunteer experience that works for you: guiding guests round the building; providing brief talks on key features; help fundraising activity. Working alongside our Educational Officer, or even researching a marketing opportunity, you will be surprised how we can put your talents to good use!

Your input in helping showcase the many facets of the Centre will be appreciated by the hundreds of visitors we receive every week, and help to support the work of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.


Hand, Heart, Head

The Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court is a very special place in a remarkable City. Whether you value preserving this unique place, support promotion of the enduring value of Patrick Geddes life and work, or simply cherish your fond memories borne of visiting Riddle's Court, by leaving a gift in your Will you can bring Scotland’s past to life for future generations. After you have taken care of the people closest to you, by choosing to remember The Patrick Geddes Centre with a gift, your generosity will place you in an important tradition of benefactors helping preserve a special part of Scotland’s heritage.

Should you wish to leave a legacy gift to us please contact Una Richards to arrange a private conversation. Tel 0131 510 8789.