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Heritage puts Edinburgh on the world stage

EWH has hosted a series of visits from international delegations, showcasing our work in the World Heritage Site.

May 29, 2014

The visits show that Edinburgh has an international reputation for its success in conserving built heritage, and many cities look to learn from EWH’s experience as an example of best practice.

In April the SATURN project partners visited Edinburgh as a finale to the initiative, which focuses on urban regeneration. SATURN is funded through the Leonardo da Vinci fund, and coordinated by EWH in partnership with the Warsaw School of Economics, CEIT Alanova and IURS from the Czech Republic. Each of the partners has contributed to a manual on conservation-led urban regeneration, identifying established good practice in their area as a way of developing standards in vocational training.

At a meeting in Edinburgh on 16 April the partners presented their project to an invited audience. The group also heard from architect Malcolm Fraser about the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, and Will Garrett from the City of Edinburgh Council presented the Royal Mile project. Having completed this initial stage, planning is now underway to develop the project further, expanding its scope and including more partners.

Also in April, a delegation from ICOMOS Poland came to visit Edinburgh, organised by EWH. The group was led by Professor Bogusław Szmygin, assisted by Dr Andrzej Siwek from Kraków and Ms Anna Fortuna from Rzeszów. Their programme of meetings was focused on World Heritage in Scotland. The group met senior staff connected to World Heritage from Historic Scotland, and had a tour of the New Lanark site with Director Lorna Davidson. They also met EWH staff to learn about conservation projects in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

On 7 May EWH welcomed our European partners from the Added Value for Craft project to Edinburgh, representing Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic and Croatia. The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Fund and focuses on supporting the traditional skills sector in Europe. The aim is to see how training for the sector can be developed and to identify the main obstacles faced by small and medium sized enterprises.

The group came to present the findings of their research, with each partner reporting on five examples of best practice in their area. Encouraging young people to take up traditional crafts and the challenge of making small scale businesses sustainable were identified as common issues. The group were also visited a EWH-funded conservation project at Learmonth Terrace, to see how traditional building skills are supported here in Edinburgh.

On 14 May EWH hosted a visit from colleagues in La Laguna and Malaga as part of the URBELAC project, which promotes urban development through the sharing of best practice between European and Latin American cities. Previous meetings had taken place in Bogota and Copenhagen, and this gathering was to focus on how EWH uses a heritage-led approach to regeneration.  The meeting included a presentation from Edinburgh resident John Knight, who through the Fettes Row Association led the first New Town conservation project in the early 1970s.

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