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Director’s Notes – October 2018

Adam Wilkinson

18th October 2018

Adam Wilkinson

The late summer here at Edinburgh World Heritage has been mostly dominated with gearing up for a busy autumn and winter. With funding for our grants programme now confirmed by Historic Environment Scotland, applications are open, with refreshed guidance notes highlighting our priorities and explaining our processes. Tenements and shopfronts are the main focus, as, put simply, these are the hardest projects for owners and tenants to bring about, and are where our support makes the most difference.

From the director’s chair, much of the last few weeks has been spent in preparation for the public inquiry into the two proposed hotel schemes for the Royal High School. It has been a tough and lengthy inquiry, with moments where it feels more time was spent playing the man than the ball.

We are also learning a great deal about how to run the Tron Kirk, which opened in July. We’ve an indispensable team of volunteers welcoming people to the building and exhibition – find out more about how you can help here. We are now planning our activities for the building over the next two to three years, to understand what really helps us in our mission to connect people to their heritage.

We are excited for the reopening of the City Observatory on Calton Hill, where we have been active in looking for a sustainable solution for the last ten years. Collective Gallery’s rethinking of the site has been a tremendous effort, and we are very interested to see whether and how it will change some aspects of the use of the hill.

Our next CPD training session will be on the subject of fire and historic buildings in early November – although planned long ago, the recent fire at the Mac has pulled the issue into sharp focus. Book here.

And finally, our continuing exploration of less well-understood aspects of our city continues, with Sir Geoff Palmer giving a lecture on October 25th on slavery and the New Town. While the lecture is sold out, we will be live-streaming the event on Facebook.

(Image © Giuseppemasci)