Watching over Edinburgh's graveyards
Consultants are to prepare a research study for the Edinburgh Historic Graveyards Project.
Mar 30, 2011
Last year five historic graveyards in the heart of the World Heritage Site were included on the World Monuments Fund Watch List. Greyfriars, Old and New Calton, Canongate and St Cuthbert’s graveyards are all recognised as exceptional burial sites, they not only have architectural significance, but also provide a unique record of the transition of Edinburgh from a medieval burgh to an Enlightenment city.
In March this year a partnership of the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and the World Monuments Fund, commissioned Dr Susan Buckham to prepare a comprehensive project design for the care of the graveyards. Dr Buckham will be assisted in the summer by Kirsten McKee, a researcher appointed under the Yale Scholar programme.
In addition to assessing existing care strategies and identifying potential partners to help in the future management of the graveyards, Susan’s recommendations will be informed by a survey of local community interest and visitors to Greyfriars Kirkyard.
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