IT is the place where generations of students have waved goodbye to university and set off into the real world to make their fortune.
Dating back to the late 19th century, the graduation venue is one of the finest buildings in Edinburgh, known mostly for its striking interior design and features.
The McEwan Hall is now undergoing a major £33 million revamp to bring it into the 21st century – while maintaining the traditional look which has served it so well.
Students Anushka Desouza, Alexandra Phillipou and Clare Flynn have been working with conservation experts at the highest reaches of McEwan Hall to help restore the building to its former glory.
The unique student internship is part of a refurbishment project led by Interserve Construction to renovate the venue and make it more accessible.
Anushka, an architectural conservation student, said: “It’s brilliant to get a hands-on experience of things that we are learning in class.”
McEwan Hall was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson and presented to Edinburgh University in 1897 by brewer and politician William McEwan at a cost of £115,000.
The exterior of the D-shaped hall was completed in 1894, with the interior finished three years later. Best known as the university’s graduation hall, it features murals by William Palin, who also carried out design work for the Science Museum in London.