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Save the Whalebone Arch

A campaign is hoping to raise £60,000 to help restore the historic whalebone arch in the Meadows.

Dec 20, 2013

The arch is one of last relics of the International Exhibition of Science and Art which took place on the Meadows in 1886. The jaw bones of a whale formed part of the stand of the Shetland and Fair Isle Knitters, and after the exhibition they were gifted to the city. There are many whalebone arches around the country, particularly in places associated with the whaling industry, but Edinburgh is unusual as here the whalebone arch was gifted by knitters.

The whalebones have formed a gateway to the Meadows ever since, and the pathway leading under them is known as Jawbone Walk. However they now require some repairs to secure their future.

Below: The Shetland and Fair Isle Weavers at the exhibition in 1886 (courtesy of Shetland Museum).

The whalebones need to be taken for detailed examination, before specialist conservation work can take place.

The appeal organisers are looking for donations to complete the project, with the support of Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council.

There are several ways to give to the appeal:

Online: www.justgiving.com search for the Meadows Jawbone Arch. You can give by credit or debit card and if you are a taxpayer your tax can be reclaimed.

Cheque: Please send to Edinburgh World Heritage, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. Please mark the envelope 'Jawbone'.

The appeal is also on Facebook – Save the Jawbone Arch

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