Edinburgh World Heritage - News Article


Director's Notes - August 2010

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Aug 18, 2010

Edinburgh at this time of year seems to me like a desert wadi – a dry gully which at the drop of a hat can become a bubbling torrent. With the start of the festivals, the character of the World Heritage Site, at the centre of the city and forming the backdrop to this cultural extravaganza, changes fundamentally.

This change in character serves to strengthen our belief that without its people and their activities, the built heritage of the World Heritage Site is but a museum. As such we aim for EWH’s work to support both the buildings and the activities, which are mutually dependent.

This theme pervades the proposed text of second Management Plan for the World Heritage Site, which is out for consultation and can be found here. We are very keen to hear from people what they think is positive about the plan, as well as where weaknesses lie.

One area we will be looking at closely with colleagues from the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland is the setting of the World Heritage Site. To this end, one of our recent post-graduate interns, Fabienne Masson, has been looking at other urban World Heritage Site's and thinking about how Edinburgh might deal with this question.

Another post-graduate intern, Genevieve Rodrigue, of Sherbrooke University in Quebec has left us with the “Go Green World Heritage Site Map” to help families explore the World Heritage Site on foot and on bike, as well as carrying out an environmental audit of the World Heritage Site, to be completed on her return to Canada.

We are incredibly grateful to these interns for the major contributions that they have made to the organisation – their work is tremendously valuable to us and helps demonstrate to sponsors and donors the very real value we offer them.

Our work supporting communities and quality of life in the city continues through our grants programmes, with the Scotsman Steps project approaching site and the Twelve Monuments approaching the final corner before the finishing straight, with a scrub up of the Princes Street statues. We are please to have been able to award grants towards conservation works to two buildings on major routes into the World Heritage Site on Lynedoch Place and Dundas Street

After the flash flood the desert usually blooms. As the festival crowds depart and the city starts to regain its normal rhythm, we will start to turn our attention to projects to follow up the Twelve Monuments, and towards raising the funds to ensure our own survival for years to come. May you, as the Chinese proverb goes, live in interesting times.

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