11 years ago on the 22nd February, Friends of Bedlam was born. Back then the Bedlam was at risk of being sold by the University of Edinburgh, and many people from Bedlam and DramSoc past worked hard to show why the Bedlam and its members should be one of the most valued assets the university has, and thankfully those people succeeded.
How things can change in a decade. Last year, the university spent in the region of £500,000 to restore the exterior of the building back to its original state, this included putting replicas of the original railings in which were taken out during the war. It was a huge project and as much as it might take a bit of getting used to for those of us who are familiar with the buildings dark, eerie, gothic look, it can’t be denied that the building looks fantastic.
With these changes, Friends of Bedlam have been working hard recently to find ways to rebuild the ties between past and current members of the EUTC and DramSoc. There will be news, stories, and reconnections galore and we hope that over the next decade we will be able to see more and more people go on to do some amazing things, just like so many already have.
More importantly, the project has shown the commitment that the university has to cementing the Bedlam as a major part of the university. The next step for them is to raise £1.2 million for redeveloping the interior of the building to allow the future Bedlam generations to benefit from a fully kitted out theatre. You can read more about the project here.
If you have any fond memories you’d like to share with us head over to the stories section, we look forward to hearing what you all managed to get up to over the years.