In 2018, we opened a new exhibition that showcases the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, as well as Scotland’s other five World Heritage Sites, at the historic Tron Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
The exhibition, housed within the atmospheric 17th century former kirk, attempts to capture the essence of the World Heritage Site in Edinburgh through the voices and opinions of local people. The story is told in a series of videos, quotes, and specially commissioned portraits from award-winning Scottish photographer Alicia Bruce.
A series of sections, with titles such as ‘City of Contrasts’, ‘Survival Stories’, and ‘High and Mighty’ set out the formal reasons for the city’s UNESCO inscription, but also challenge residents and visitors to think differently about the city and consider some uncomfortable questions.
Though the Tron Kirk is currently closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, you can explore a digitised version below:
In summer 2019, Edinburgh World Heritage was delighted to welcome two retailers to the exhibition, offering visitors a range of Scottish luxury items and gifts from The Scottish Textiles Showcase, now open for business online, and John Kay’s shop.
Edinburgh World Heritage is funded partly by Historic Environment Scotland, as well as a number of other public bodies, and a wide range of individual and corporate supporters.