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Director's Notes - November 2013

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Nov 14, 2013

Sharpen your pencils! Dig out your crayons! Let calm be restored to the cafes and restaurants of the World Heritage Site! Sometimes projects come to us from the strangest places, and in the case of our new colouring in pad, fresh from The Rocks, Sydney, Australia. The proprietors provide their customers’ children with colouring-in sheets of the local buildings and crayons, to keep them busy while the parents do what it is that parents do in such moments of peace. The project came to us through one of our existing corporate donors, not just the idea but also the funding and the artist, for which we are hugely grateful. YKWYA, as the kids say. If you fancy some of these for your own establishment, drop us a line.

Further work in building the link between our remarkable built heritage and its future carers continues with the project for the garden at the Trinity Apse, the remarkable leftovers of the Trinity College Kirk, with planters in place and planting workshops with the pupils at Panmure St Ann's underway. Other projects involving religious buildings are well underway, with the precincts of St Mary’s Cathedral looking wonderful, and scaffolding up around the Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Crescent as the windows are restored to the building. The major restoration works continue at Learmonth Terrace, supporting the extraordinarily high quality of craftsmanship that the building demands, executed with the traditional craft skills that we are keen to maintain a demand for.

Our exploration of what European funding can do for the city continues through the Saturn project. Funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci fund, our programme is both about supporting vocational skills and about building up relationships with partners (the fund insists on a high number of face to face meetings) as a step to building up an application to one of the larger EC funds.

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