The survival and condition of Edinburgh’s historic buildings is remarkable. A range of traditional skills, including stonemasonry, lime harling, joinery and metalwork are required to repair, protect and future-proof these important structures.
Many of Edinburgh’s people are concerned about the condition of its buildings. They feel that aspects of modern life, including pollution, online shopping and new-build developments, can have a negative impact on the city’s historic buildings and the communities that occupy them. Edinburgh World Heritage works hard to protect and conserve these vital elements in the city’s Old and New Towns.
Jordan Kirk - Training Supervisor. Jordan is pictured above with qualified and apprentice stonemasons from St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop in Edinburgh
Michael - resident
Karen - resident
Naseer Ahmed (pictured), Co-owner of Poundsavers, an independent business in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Independent shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants are pillars of Edinburgh’s Old Town community. They also form an important part of the city’s streetscape. Edinburgh World Heritage administers grants to home and business owners within the World Heritage Site to help them repair and protect their buildings. The façades of The Milkman and Poundsavers were restored using funding from the scheme.
(Image © Alicia Bruce)
Maggie - resident