Panmure house is enjoying a renaissance as Scotland’s foremost home of economic and social debate.
As such, Panmure House is not a University venue in the normal sense, bookable and serviceable in the usual way. There are restrictions placed upon the terms of its use, attributable to both mission and infrastructure.
For clarity: Panmure House is not for commercial hire, nor is it a city centre University/teaching/meeting venue.
The House is used for commercial purposes on no more than 40 days per year, which are fully accounted for by our Founder Sponsor agreements. If you would like more information on how to join the Founder Sponsorship Programme, please contact us. All non-commercial (i.e. non-Founder-Sponsor) events taking place in Panmure must directly and significantly draw upon and/or further the cultural relevance of the House in its capacity as the former home of Adam Smith.
Subject areas that fall into this category include: ethics, philosophy, economics, Adam Smith’s life and works, the Scottish Enlightenment, geopolitics, and social theory.
Some examples of events that have been held recently in the House include:
- a conference on the economics of climate change
- a seminar on the ethics & economics of sustainable aviation
- a play about the life and work of Adam Smith
- a public debate on contemporary economics
In essence, the key consideration must be:
Is the meeting/event you are requesting one that could just as meaningfully happen in any other venue? If the answer is yes, then Panmure House is not the right location.
Please give at least 30 days' notice ahead of your requested event. Panmure House events are facilitated by our small team, who cannot normally be made available at short notice. Cancellations under the original notice period are subject to fees.
catering & cleaning
All catering required for events within the House must be ordered and purchased from one of our two approved external providers. Guests’ own food is not permitted within the House, and we ask that event hosts take care to leave the premises as they find them.
Routine cleaning takes place every Wednesday. If, after an event, the House requires any additional cleaning or tidying; event organisers may be asked to front the cost at the discretion of Panmure House.
The House is manned from the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Any events that fall outwith these times will incur a set staffing charge of £100 per hour, up to a maximum of £600.
Our full Rules of Use document is distributed to event organisers immediately after approval.
We encourage all event organisers to take a look at our venue capacity, function rooms and facilities before submitting an event proposal to ensure that we can accommodate you comfortably.