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Director's Notes - October 2010

Monthy update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Oct 22, 2010

The removal of the equestrian statue of Charles II from his home in Parliament Square, in order that both horse and rider can undergo thorough repairs, marks another high point in the Twelve Monuments Restoration campaign. Following this, of the original dozen only St Bernard’s Well will remain, and we intend to carry out this work in 2011/12.

The campaign has been tremendously effective in capturing the public’s imagination and in raising the funds required for the repair of these wonderful structures from a variety of sources. We are especially grateful to the Scottish Courts Service, the High Constables of Edinburgh, the Faculty of Advocates, the WS Society, the Old Town Association and the many private individuals for their support of the Charles II project (and there is still time for others to give towards this work!).

As well as putting these monuments into good order, the project has supported a range of craft skills, has created education projects and involved a range of communities. It has been wonderful to see how people and organisations still feel they have a moral duty towards the upkeep of the monuments, and have contributed generously, from the Duke of Buccleauch (for the repair of his ancestor’s monument) to the Scottish Courts Service to the Burns clubs to the Society for Nautical Research.

We are still thinking about our next steps – should we extend the Twelve Monuments by another half dozen, or address a different issue in the city, such as helping give communities a degree of control over neglected green spaces, or perhaps something of an altogether greater order. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome – and we would hope to have a clearer plan for our World Heritage projects by the time Charles returns to Edinburgh in March 2011.

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