Thursday, 18 September 2008

Bridge of Sighs

This is the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ between the university’s Old College on the left and the Royal Museum on the right. In 1865, the university’s natural history collections – including large numbers of stuffed animals – were moved from the College into the museum, via this very bridge. However, the link was closed off in the 1870s as a result of a big row and has never been reopened. The falling out is said to have occurred when university students found out that the bridge was being used to store booze for a reception in the museum, and stole it to have their own party on the other side of the bridge!

5 comments:

Jackie said...

Heh - students never change, do they?! Great story!

Kate said...

We have "skyways" downtown in our city, but none are as picturesque as this one!

ZlatkoGR said...

Beautiful bridge!

I'll be in Edinburgh in November and I really think it will be great!

Sharon said...

Great story. I feel bad for the closure. Academics sometimes are not so smart and students are all very enterprising.

Knoxville Girl said...

Hee hee! I love this story. Will it ever reopen (for another party, perhaps?)