Dr Brian Lang

Chair of Dovecot Studios

Dr Brian Lang was born and educated in Edinburgh. He began his career as a social anthropologist, carrying out field research in Kenya and then lecturing for some years at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Returning to the UK, he held a number of senior posts in conservation and heritage, including Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the British Library from 1991 to 2000. In 1997 he commissioned Dovecot to create the R B Kitaj tapestry, If Not, Not for the British Library.

Dr Lang was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews in 2001 and served for eight years. He was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Chair of its committee for Scotland, from 2005 to 2011. He was Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2008 to 2015. He is currently Chair of Edinburgh World Heritage, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Trustee of National Museums Scotland.

Dr Lang was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for services to the Arts, Heritage and Education.

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Gallery & Shop

Dovecot will reopen to the public from 15 July 2020

July 2020 opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm

From August 2020 opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
July 2020 opening times:
Sat 10am-5pm

From August 2020 opening times:
Mon-Fri 12-3pm
Sat 10am-5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021

Café

The Pantry at Dovecot is temporarily closed as from 18 March 2020. Please see our website and social media for updates

Usual Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021