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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

Opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat: 10am-5pm

Closed from 24 December 2020 in line with government guidance. Please follow our website and social media for reopening information.


Pinks at Dovecot

From 7 January 2021
Thur-Sat: 10am-4.30pm

Offering takeaway options only