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Director's Notes - June 2013

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.


Jun 7, 2013

We’ve made it to the starting line. For the past four years we have been quietly preparing the ground for a project to address one of the most challenging buildings at risk within the World Heritage Site, the Tron Kirk. Last week, a committee of the City of Edinburgh Council gave its officers the go-ahead to negotiate a lease with EWH, the essential pre-requisite to bringing a plan together.

The concept for the building is to see it restored and reused as a World Heritage visitor centre, with a focus on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, but also providing an introduction to Scotland’s other World Heritage Sites, which the majority of visitors to Edinburgh do not (yet) visit. As ever, we will be working with a broad range of partners as we develop the project, and are keen to know the views of residents, visitors and business.

Our timetable is, provisionally, to submit a stage one application to the Heritage Lottery Fund late this year or early next year, which will then give us up to two years to pull together the detailed scheme and the rest of the funding. This is an ambitious and challenging project, but one which Edinburgh needs and which EWH has the skills and experience to bring about. We look forward to keeping you up to date with progress over the coming months.

These are exciting times, not only for this excellent news about the Tron Kirk. Internally we are currently thinking about the future in terms of our place in the world in the next twenty to thirty years, and what this means in terms of what we do and how we do it. The last time anything like this happened was under very different circumstances, in the form of external reviews. With no such external pressure, and five years of change since, I have found the process inspiring, with the team and board stretching their mind. We will publish the outcome of all this thinking in the autumn, and in the meantime we’d welcome your thoughts and ideas.



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