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World Heritage Community Map

EWH has launched a community map recording residents perspectives of the World Heritage Site.

Aug 27, 2013

The community map is part of the EWH Green Heritage project, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. Over the past six months a series of workshops have been held with different sections of the community, with the intention of discovering the sights, sounds and smells that make most impression on their journeys. Students, school children, older people, workers and shoppers have all taken part, and now the results of the workshops have been turned into a map of the Old and New Towns from a residents’ perspective.

Some clear patterns have emerged, depending on the target group involved. Cyclists drew their map as a net of cycle paths, whereas University students interpret the city with the George Square campus at the centre. People travelling to work often marked all the clocks along their paths, telling them whether or not they are on time.

Green spaces are the best-loved spots in Edinburgh. Students love the Meadows, and people in the City Centre love to relax in Princes Street Gardens. The Water of Leith Walkway, Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill are amongst the favourite walking routes. People often represented many individuals, such as the Big Issue seller on Dundas Street; the “smiley, happy driver” on the bus, and the “nice man from Syria in the Post Office”. Stories and thoughts also emerged: “I see a homeless person everyday in the Canongate; he is always smiling, and I wonder what his story is and if one day I’ll say hello to him. What am I afraid of?”.

Different views emerged on how people experience the World Heritage Site. Some people love the light at sunset on the Old Town; some others do not like crowded shopping routes. Some peculiar habits and stories also emerged. For example some people love admiring wedding shops’ windows, while another hearing music from the Mosque because it reminds him of Middle Eastern countries. People also recorded their favourite smells around the city, one person recorded the smell of candles in St Mary’s Cathedral, while another noted the smells in Stockbridge Sunday Market: curry, herbs, fresh fish, and coffee.

The community map is on display in the courtyard of Edinburgh World Heritage’s office in Bakehouse Close, until the end of September.

Download the World Heritage Community Map (PDF | 3MB)

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