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Jawbone Arch Update

The conservation of the Jawbone Arch is progressing well, and work is expected to be completed this autumn.

Jun 30, 2015

The archway of whale jawbones has been a feature of the Meadows since 1886, when it was brought to Edinburgh by Shetland and Fair Isle knitters, as part of their display for the International Exhibition.

The Jawbone Arch was carefully removed from the Meadows in July last year, and taken to storage to allow the bones to dry out and stabilise. Then they were carefully inspected and analysed, looking for evidence of past damage and repairs.

With that process now complete, the conservation of the bones has started. Specialists from Nic Boyes Conservation have removed all the soiling and biological growth, and have now started repairs using lime mortar. As this is largely calcium-based, it is very close to the make up of the bones, and will react in a similar way.

The total estimated repair work for the bones is £49,000. Just over half of the funding target has been provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage, and the remainder has been fundraised.

Donations have been provided by local residents and associations, including the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council, the Grange Association, and the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.

Now only £3,000 remains to be secured to reach the fundraising target. For those who may wish to make cash donations to the fundraising appeal for conservation work to the Arch, this can be gifted:

Online: On our Just Giving page. You can give by credit or debit card and if you are a taxpayer your tax can be reclaimed.

By cheque: Please post or hand in to Edinburgh World Heritage, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. Please mark the envelope 'Jawbone'.

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