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Director’s Notes | April 2020 update

Adam Wilkinson

27th April 2020

Adam Wilkinson

As you might expect, we have been somewhat busy at EWH over the last few months – most recently in adjusting our activities and work habits to the current public health crisis. We closed the office up a month ago, and to my surprise were up and running again from our homes within a day. While all construction projects have stopped on site, work carries on in terms of preparing for upcoming works, and catching up with backlogs.

We expect our income from events and general donations to take a hit, though we are experimenting with other forms of events, such as the online quiz we held recently. We are also using the opportunity to sharpen up our strategy in a number of areas, and spending time considering more fully our response to the climate emergency. We believe this has a range of potential implications for the city’s heritage and needs us to be proactive and creative.

The other piece of news that I would like to expand on is that after 12 years as Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, I will be moving on to a new role, with my last day in the office around the middle of June. Leading this organisation  has been a privilege: challenging and at times difficult, but a privilege none the less. Edinburgh World Heritage is in a fundamentally different place to where it was in 2008. We’re now an outward-looking team with a rich range of activities backed up by deep experience in managing a complex urban World Heritage Site. We’ve experimented and learned about different ways of engaging with the public, we’ve raised significant public and private funding towards the conservation of the city’s monuments and spaces. We’ve also provided leadership on thorny issues such as sustainable tourism, we’ve opened the Tron as a World Heritage interpretation centre, and we’ve engaged with partners internationally to bring best practice back to Edinburgh.

Though we sometimes forget, Edinburgh is seen internationally as an example of what can be done with World Heritage status other than wearing it as a badge of honour.

Thank you for your support.


Adam Wilkinson, Director

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