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Our World Heritage

Our World Heritage

An exhibition which showcases the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, as well as Scotland’s other five World Heritage Sites, and attempts to capture the essence of the place through the voices and opinions of local people.

Our World Heritage

A new use for the Tron

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.

World Heritage Sites

1 092

in the world

31

in the UK

6

in Scotland

“This is a first step in a longer-term plan for the Tron. We are just scratching the surface in terms of the meaning and importance of World Heritage in Scotland, but it’s important we start raising awareness of these wonderful sites and having open and honest discussions about some of the issues.”

Adam Wilkinson

Director – Edinburgh World Heritage

Our World Heritage

Visiting the exhibition

Come and see the exhibition for yourself. 'Our World Heritage' is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 8pm, at the Tron Kirk, 122 High Street. Also visit John Kay's Shop at the Tron for bespoke souvenirs and gifts. Please note there are no toilet facilities at the Tron.


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