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Director's Notes - October 2014

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Oct 31, 2014

We often talk in the office about ensuring that we put the right information in the right hands at the right time to ensure that decisions made about the city, from householder to councillor to developer, benefit its extraordinary heritage. We know that with around 25,000 residents and 4,500 protected buildings in the World Heritage Site alone, the challenge is immense, and that there will be moments when we do not find success.

One of the ways in which we do know we can make a difference is through the people who will be making these decisions in five, ten, twenty years time, and much good work by colleagues has gone into creating the right materials for teachers, to enable them to bring the stories of the city into the classroom. Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence allows that to happen in a number of ways, limited only by the creativity (and time) of the teachers.

The latest additions to these didactic resources (I use the word didactic advisedly – all our teaching materials have an ulterior moral prerogative) are in the area of sustainability and energy efficiency, reflecting the last five years work in this area that has placed Edinburgh amongst leading cities in terms of how we marry sustainability and energy efficiency with a living historic city centre. If you have children in school, do point their teachers towards this new material.

I have two goodbyes to report in these notes – one happy and one sad. Firstly, our colleague Chiara Ronchini, who has so ably led our work in energy efficiency and sustainability has moved on to a new role at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. She leaves with our admiration and good wishes for the new position. It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Derek Ainsley, who led the Friends of Gardners Crescent into the wonderful campaign for the restoration of the communal gardens, and which we have been privileged to support – a true champion of his city.

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