Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage status is a dynamic force that benefits everyone. Our mission is to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – whether through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to the public realm, or engaging people directly with the rich heritage of their city.
Edinburgh World Heritage was created in 1999 through a merger of the Edinburgh Old Town Renewal Trust and the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee. The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No. SC195077, Scottish Charity No. SC037183.
Edinburgh World Heritage has a small team of staff, supported by volunteers and interns, and a Board of Trustees. You can find out more about how we operate here.
“The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site” was inscribed by UNESCO in December 1995. The inscription recognised that the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town are of international importance.
It is the responsibility of Edinburgh World Heritage, the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Environment Scotland to manage the World Heritage Site.
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