James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace

14 India Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6EZ
Phone: 01313130933
Email: jcmf@clerkmaxwellfoundation.org

James Clerk Maxwell is one of the greatest Scottish scientists and ranks with Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Indeed, Einstein had a photograph of a portrait of Maxwell hanging on the wall of his study. A copy of that very portrait hangs in 14 India Street.

In 1993, the Clerk Maxwell Foundation  raised the necessary moneys to acquire James Clerk Maxwell’s Edinburgh birthplace.

This elegant Georgian house, after a period of restoration displays a growing collection of heritage material associated with James Clerk Maxwell, his associates and family circle.

Until you can visit in person, please enjoy exploring 14 India Street using this virtual tour.

You can find out about the work of James Clerk Maxwell in this short animation from the Glasgow Science Centre or in this longer video that was commissioned by the Wigtown Festival Company.

If you want to delve a little deeper still, you will also find a host of on-line resources about James Clerk Maxwell by visiting our website and following the various links you find there.

Regulations permitting, we plan to host ten guided in-person tours on Saturday 25th September 2021. Full details below.

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For Doors Open Days 2021, we will be open for in-person pre-booked guided tours on Saturday 25 September 2021.

The tours will take place at 11.00am, 11.30am , 12.00noon, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm and 3.30pm.

Each tour will last 25 minutes and should be booked by a single social “bubble” only. The ten available slots can be booked via our website.

Bookings have priority, but casual visitors will be taken if no booked slots have been taken at the time.



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