Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society

When Patricia Fay founded NADFAS in 1968 she was determined that Societies should not only encourage the enjoyment of the decorative and fine arts through a programme of lectures and study days but also actively contribute to the preservation of our heritage.

For forty years teams of EDFAS Heritage Volunteers have worked on a variety of conservation and archival projects in and around the city, for example cleaning and conserving books, drawings, engravings, photographs and correspondence, dry mounting and labelling works of art and producing lists and indexes, as well as making hundreds of conservation quality padded hangers for historic costumes and Tyvek bags for storage and transportation. 

Many historic houses, museums, galleries, libraries and other organisations have welcomed our members and greatly appreciated our contribution. These include: Advocates Library, Archers Hall, City of Edinburgh Libraries, City of Edinburgh Museum, Dalmeny House, Hopetoun House, Lauriston Castle, Museum of Childhood, Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Newliston House, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh Library, Royal College of Physicians Library, Royal College of Surgeons Library, Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and (with Borders DFAS) Thirlestane Castle. 

If you are interested in becoming a Heritage volunteer, please contact . Membership of The Arts Society, or an affiliated society, is required for all volunteers and please note that we cannot guarantee that every volunteer will be accepted for any particular project.