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Ministerial Visit to EWH

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, visited EWH on 11 January.

Jan 17, 2011

At the EWH office at No.5 Charlotte Square the Director and staff presented their work covering learning, outreach, energy efficiency, regeneration, conservation and management of the World Heritage Site. The Minister then had the opportunity to go on-site in the Dean Village and meet some partners in recent EWH projects.

At Well Court the Minister met the Project Architect Bob Heath and members of the proprietors committee, to hear more about the recent conservation work. The Well Court project was the largest conservation scheme ever undertaken by EWH, with a grant of £1.1 million and involving 55 property owners. She was able to visit what was once the communal hall, now used as offices by Jonathan Spiers Lighting.

The Minister then went on to St Bernard’s Well, the next city landmark to be conserved as part of the Twelve Monuments Project. Paul McAuley, the city’s conservation officer, explained the history of the monument and the restoration work planned for the coming year. Also on hand were Charles Slarks and Josh Steele, who have been involved in conserving statues and monuments as part of the Future Jobs Fund. This offers work experience to young school leavers to help them develop their employability skills.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs said;

“Edinburgh’s World Heritage is a hugely important asset which brings many tangible economic, social and cultural benefits to the city and to Scotland.

“I’ve very much enjoyed meeting with staff to discuss current and upcoming projects to manage, promote and enhance the World Heritage Site, as well as visiting first hand some of the most recent projects which were very impressive.”

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