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Director's Notes - May 2017

Adam Wilkinson reflects on recent achievements and future priorities at Edinburgh World Heritage

May 5, 2017

It certainly feels like spring in the Edinburgh World Heritage office. After a couple of years of hard work, a number of projects are coming to fruition and have either recently started on site or will be starting shortly, from tenements in the Old Town to shop fronts on the South Bridge and Stockbridge. We will be applying to Historic Environment Scotland soon for funding for 2018-21 and are interested to know your thoughts on what – and where - our priorities for grant should be.


As part of our mission to connect people to their heritage, we’ve just launched, along with our partners at Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and Marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s 101 Objects, which tells the story of our city through a series of publicly accessible objects. Narrowing down the field was tremendously difficult, and we are grateful to our volunteer panel of experts for the contributions.


In preparation for the local government elections, we also held Edinburgh’s first ever heritage hustings on World Heritage Day, which attracted over 200 people to come and ask the candidates for their views on a number of subjects, from planning control to the impact of tourism. We are grateful to both the candidates and the audience for contributing to a lively event.


Finally, we have all had the pleasure of welcoming to the office Mary Stones,  Waseem Albahri, Stuart Buchanan and Shefali Nayak. Mary is working on our learning and interpretation strategy, having come to us from a leading role at the National Trust for Scotland. Waseem, originally from Syria, is an architect who is providing support to the conservation funding programme. Stuart, who has moved back to Scotland from Cape Town has picked up the role of communications officer, with a particular focus at the moment on digital, and Shefali has joined us from the conservation course at the ECA as an intern for four months, supporting our World Heritage Projects.

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