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Director's Notes - February 2014

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Feb 12, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that a project to restore, conserve and enhance the High School Yards steps, leading from the Cowgate to the Edinbugh Centre for Carbon Innovation, will be going ahead. Projects involving a broad range of partners, such as this one, are complex to bring together and to pull off, but the end result is always rather special. In the case of the end result at High School Yard steps, we are very much in the hands of artist Callum Innes, and we cannot wait to see how his ideas will play out, and how this will change perceptions of this part of the Cowgate and support St Mary Street.

It was a pleasure to be involved in the Royal Mile Community Day, organised by the City of Edinburgh Council at the Tron Kirk. We ran community mapping sessions as an extension of our earlier project in this area, helping understand how people see the city and what they do and don’t value, and we took the opportunity to spread information about the historic graveyards initiative. We are always on the lookout for volunteers to support our work in this area, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in assisting.

The Windows on the World campaign at the Quaker meeting house on Victoria Terrace has been completed with results that are most gratifying. In helping bring back the original fenestration patterns, we have made a small improvement to the external appearance of robust piece of Victorian architecture, but a massive improvement for the various community groups that use the building – gone are the drafty 1980s windows, lain out to the fashions of the day rather than as intended by the architect.

Our European adventures continue and we are now involved with a two year programme, Added Value for Craft, to understand the impact of traditional skills on local economies. In our case, we are focusing on the traditional skills we require to look after our historic buildings, which have clear implications for the local economy, skills and training. We are looking forward to welcoming partners from Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic and Italy.

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