See our city and its most famous buildings in a new way, and meet the experts that make all the difference. We host events for our members throughout the year, and you’ll find information on the latest one here.
As the conservation work to North Bridge approaches an important milestone, Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage will give a new lecture on the background and significance of the original North Bridge, the development of the first New Town, and share some recent exciting archaeological discoveries.
This lecture is scheduled for Thursday 5 September 2019. Booking details to follow in due course.
Following on from her successful ‘Strike for Freedom’ exhibition on the anti-slavery author and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass at the National Library of Scotland, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier will share her fascinating research on the history of nineteenth-century African American authors and activists in Edinburgh. Until now the stories and activities of this grass-roots movement have received little attention, and this unique lecture will provide a fresh insight into this untold aspect of our city’s revolutionary and radical history.
Professor Bernier is Personal Chair in English Literature and Professor of Black Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
6pm, Tuesday 29 October 2019. Tickets will be on sale at the end of September.
This autumn, Edinburgh World Heritage will celebrate the completion of its 1,500th project in the city, as well as 20 years as an independent charity.
To mark the occasion, we are holding a fundraising gala dinner on Saturday 23rd November 2019, an opportunity to thank our friends and supporters for their commitment over the years, and, importantly, to raise funds for the next stage of our journey.
In the historic setting of Old College, the evening will start with a drink’s reception in the Raeburn Room with live musical entertainment. We will then move upstairs to the Playfair Library for dinner, after-dinner speech by a special guest, and fundraising auction with a host of high-value items.
Our 2019 dinner would be the perfect opportunity to entertain family, friends or colleagues, whilst showing support for the city and Edinburgh World Heritage.
We hope you will be able to join us.
Tables and individual tickets are on early-bird offer at the moment (£130 for a single ticket, £1,200 for a table of 10), so booking ahead secures the best value. You may also be interested in sponsoring the event or have a high-value experience or product which you could donate to our fundraising auction. More details on ways to support are in our Gala Dinner Brochure.
Contact Rosa, our Membership Officer, on email@example.com to secure your place or to discuss donations or sponsorship.
We firmly believe that ‘fact is stranger than fiction’, and that the darker side of Edinburgh’s history needs to be revealed to a wider audience. In this new tour, we will take our guests through some of most important graveyard and closes of the Old Town to reveal some of the harsh realities of life and death in Old Edinburgh.
6pm, Thursday 14 November 2019 (TBC). Booking details will be available a month in advance.
Every year we host our Christmas Party in a historic and unusual location which is either a past or present conservation project. Previous venues have included St. Cecilia’s Hall, 25 Learmonth Terrace and the Tron. This year will be no exception, and you can expect to be taken behind the scenes at an important Edinburgh landmark for a warm and fun seasonal celebration.
6pm, Tuesday 10 December 2019 (TBC). Booking details will be available a month in advance.
A look at Edinburgh World Heritage’s events from the past year
On Thursday 18 July, we led our members and supporters on a tour of some of Edinburgh’s most important Greek Revival buildings, including a view inside the Old Royal High School. The evening culminated with a drinks reception at the newly-opened Playfair ensemble of buildings at the City Observatory.
Take a look at our Twitter page for an overview of the evening:
Get to know Greek Revival in seven easy steps 🏛
Tonight we’re hosting Athens of the North: a tour of #Edinburgh’s Greek Revival architecture.
Join us here from 5.30pm for a digital glimpse into some of the iconic Greek Revival buildings that dominate Edinburgh’s New Town. pic.twitter.com/PNGK1G9A0W
— Edinburgh World Heritage (@EdinburghWH) 18 July 2019
The city’s monuments and public works of art mark Edinburgh out as a great capital city and are one of the reasons for our UNESCO World Heritage inscription. To celebrate the publication of Professor Ray McKenzie’s new book ‘Public Sculpture of Edinburgh’, on 12 June 2019 we led groups around a specially curated tour of our city’s most important sculptures.
Scotland’s pre-eminent historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine, delivered the 2019 World Heritage Day lecture. Sir Tom explored the extraordinary success of late Victorian Edinburgh – as banking house to the British Empire, as patron of the arts and architecture, and as a city of considerable luxury and opulence.
The video of his talk can be viewed here:
On Friday 15 March, Edinburgh World Heritage hosted a special half-day maintenance CPD event to explore the issues and solutions presented by the needs for regular maintenance of our historic building stock in the face of a changing climate.
In this sell-out members-only lecture on 28 February 2019, architect and former Director of Development at Panmure House, Chris Watkins, told the story of the building from the time of the Scottish Enlightenment to the present day.
Panmure House was the final residence of Adam Smith, who lived there from 1778 to 1790. This important 17th century Canongate house has recently been the subject of major conservation, adaptation and restoration work, partly funded by Edinburgh World Heritage, and has recently opened as a centre of learning for the Edinburgh Business School.
Our supporters joined us for festive evening with drinks, nibbles and entertainment to celebrate a busy year.
On 2 November 2018 we held a CPD training session all about stonework. Members received discounted tickets.
On Thursday 25 October Edinburgh World Heritage presented a groundbreaking new lecture to celebrate Black History Month. Human rights activist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Sir Geoff Palmer O.B.E. exposed Edinburgh’s long and profitable relationship with slavery. This was a sold out event.
Find out more on our blog.
Edinburgh World Heritage members and supporters joined us on the July 5 and the September 13 for our special guided tours of the enchanting gardens of the Old and New Towns. Our guides lead groups off the beaten track to discover some of the less well-known gardens of the World Heritage site, which are part of our UNESCO World Heritage inscription. We also shared stories associated with these special places.
Each event finished with a garden party drinks reception, a perfect way to end an Edinburgh summer’s evening.
On 19 June 2018, Edinburgh World Heritage ran a CPD training session all about stonework. There was a discount for members.
As part of Scotland’s 2018 Year of Youth, Edinburgh World Heritage ran a workshop to share important heritage-related skills with young people from all backgrounds.
As part of Scotland’s 2018 Year of Young People, and to celebrate World Heritage Day, a group of young people from Edinburgh shared their vision for our World Heritage Site.
During the event, our young ambassadors
After the event there was a reception where guests met our ambassadors