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EWH Annual Review 2013-14

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

Oct 29, 2014

EWH works in partnership with tourism businesses to help them use the city’s World Heritage status in their promotion and marketing. In 2013-14 we developed building histories for the new Motel One apartments on Cockburn Street, Fraser Suites in St Giles’ Street, the Edinburgh Collection hotels and the Crowne Plaza – Royal Terrace Hotel. Trails were developed for guests at the Old Town Chambers and for the Caledonian Hotel a trail was written highlighting the internal historic features of the building.

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 2013 we launched a World Heritage Colouring Competition, with the kind support of Walter Scott & Partners. The competition is designed to raise awareness of the World Heritage Site with children colouring in scenes of the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. The colouring sheets were distributed to restaurants, cafes and other venues around the city centre.

In the financial year 2013-14 EWH awarded £179,384 in grants to building projects. 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 £971,563. In other words, for every £1 EWH receives from our sponsors, we lever in over £5 from other sources.

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 2013 - 14 EWH awarded a grant to help transform the neglected High School Yards Steps, boarded up and inaccessible for more than 10 years.

Traditional Skills
EWH projects help to keep traditional skills alive, supporting employment in the construction sector and sustaining Edinburgh’s built heritage. The EWH office at Bakehouse Close hosted the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival in August 2013. The festival was organised by the Traditional Building Forum, with the aim of celebrating Edinburgh’s traditional buildings and the materials and skills used to maintain them for future generations.

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. In 2013 the Green Heritage Project transformed a neglected space in the Old Town, creating a storytelling garden for the community at Trinity Apse. EWH worked with young people from Panmure St Ann’s Centre to design and construct the garden.

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