How to Get Involved!

Interested in joining us?

Send an email to with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Academic affiliation (University/Dept/Programme/Year – if applicable)
  • Email
  • Twitter (if you have one)
  • A brief statement on why you’d like to be involved, and any particular aspects you’d like to be involved with (gardening, experiments, outreach).



Who We Are

The Edinburgh Medieval Pigment Project (EMPP) is a collaborative project between History of Art at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS).

We hope to:

  • Increase the understanding of the way pigments were cultivated in the Middle Ages.
  • Provide interested students with the opportunity to cultivate a variety of plants.
  • Experiment with making pigments once the plants reach maturity.
  • Use our homemade pigments in a variety of mediums.

Current pigment-yielding plants in the garden are: madder, indigo, woad, and weld.

Community outreach projects are in development, and we hope to launch them in Spring 2017. Stay tuned!