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Director's Notes - April 2012

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Apr 29, 2012

Our celebration of World Heritage Day and the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention (held jointly with the RSA Media, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage Network, and generously supported by the City of Edinburgh’s Economic Development team), explored World Heritage from the point of view of the status being a tangible asset to the city, with questions of how and what we manage at the heart of the discussion.

It was refreshing to hear from Dr Ian Baxter, Director of Public and Professional Programmes at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, as to how the general discipline of management might be applied to the breadth of what is often termed “the heritage sector” (something we are not, as a sector, culturally inclined towards). James Rebanks forcefully made the point that once the economic development and heritage worlds start talking to one another, you can make of your World Heritage site whatever you will. They were joined for a lively panel discussion with our chairman, Charles McKean, and Greg Ward, Head of Economic Development at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Those small steps in building the relationship between heritage and economic development are something which we are pleased to be playing a small role in, with the latest trails to be added to our app as a part of the World Heritage day celebrations. The trails are deliberately designed to encourage people to explore off the usual visitor routes, in this case including the West End and Broughton Street. Many of you will have seen the bus about town with our logo at full double-decker size, the Edinburgh World Heritage Official Tour. We are delighted that Lothians Buses have seen the potential of the World Heritage Site and asked us to work in partnership with them on this.

Our enthusiasm for supporting the residential communities of the city continues, with the completion of the works to Granny's Green, as part of a three way project with the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club, the City of Edinburgh and ourselves. As this project moves into the phase of growth and maintenance, we’re offering assistance to the Causey project to help it move forward. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a community led scheme to transform a most unlikely bit of public space.

Last but not least, our householder information leaflets continue with our latest production, a guide to energy efficiency for buildings in and around the World Heritage Site. This is a comprehensive summary of our knowledge about the adaptation of our historic buildings to become more energy efficient without damaging their character.

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