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Director's Notes - January 2010

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Jan 19, 2011

One of the strengths of EWH is its ability to link up different aspects of life in the World Heritage Site into nifty projects that make a difference, alongside more traditional conservation projects (which we also try and infuse with ideas, such as interpretation and learning, in order to make the most of them). We were delighted that during her recent visit to EWH, the projects that most impressed the Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, were those where a dose of lateral thinking had been applied.

We had the pleasure of talking her through the work of the team and then heading out to look at some of our projects and meet the communities involved with them. She sportingly braved a footpath that was somewhat close to an ice-rink along the Water of Leith. What seemed to elicit the strongest reaction was the way in which we are able to link up these different aspects in our projects, as well as the emerging plan for our future (more on which in good time).

This sort of joining up is what we hope will emerge from the second Management Plan for the World Heritage Site. Following the excellent responses on a huge range of issues from organisations, individuals and business, we’re still working on rewriting it, and are increasingly confident of producing a seriously useful document, in terms of imparting a clear understanding of the World Heritage Site and giving a broad framework for others to align their work to within the World Heritage Site.

As EWH forges ahead, we continue to look for people of the very highest calibre to join our board, as the membership rotates on a running basis. This year we have two vacancies. We are looking for individuals with knowledge and experience in the field of learning, external relations and (of course) fundraising. It is an incredibly interesting time to be involved with EWH: while the organisation has changed over the last few years, there is plenty of work yet to be done. The specifications are here.

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