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EWH Annual Review 2012-13

The Annual Review highlights our work in conserving, promoting and enhancing the World Heritage Site.


Oct 10, 2013

Tourism
EWH aims to enable better exploration of the World Heritage Site, spreading the economic benefits of tourism and providing a better quality experience for visitors. In 2012-13 we worked with the University of Edinburgh to develop a trail of their historic buildings.

Learning
EWH promotes the World Heritage Site as an educational tool, producing resources to support learning through the curriculum for excellence and encouraging its study in colleges and universities. In 2012-13 we developed a new resource for children focused on the key part Edinburgh played in the Scottish Enlightenment, with support from a charitable trust and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Investment
In the financial year 2012-13, EWH awarded £392,564 in grants. This initial public investment acts as a catalyst for levering in funds from other private sources such as property owners, donations, grants and sponsorship, while giving others confidence to invest in their buildings. The actual total committed to conserving the site was £1.12m. In other words, for every £1 EWH receives from our sponsors, we lever in over £2.6 from other sources.

Skills
EWH projects help to keep traditional skills alive, supporting employment in the construction sector and sustaining Edinburgh’s built heritage. In 2012-13 we hosted the inaugual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival, with talks and demonstrations of craft skills from experts across the heritage sector.

Regeneration
EWH projects act as a catalyst for regenerating areas in need of social and economic assistance, and helping find creative solutions to reflect the changing needs of today. In 2012-13 we awarded a grant towards a public art installation at Regent Bridge, transforming a neglected corner of the New Town.

Sustainability
The EWH Green Heritage Project is a three year initiative supported by a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund. The project aims to reduce fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions through a range of activities such as energy efficiency workshops, creating historic vegetable gardens and innovative active travel initiatives. A Youth Officer was appointed in June 2012, to encourage young people to champion the climate change agenda and ensure that green skills are passed on to future generations.

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