Edinburgh World Heritage - Planning Projects 2010 - Interns


Planning Projects 2010 - Interns

EWH has collaborated with the Technical University of Cottbus for the past two years, taking interns as part of the World Heritage Studies post-graduate course. In 2010 Khrystyna Shakmatova and Fabienne Mason spent four months with EWH, working on projects related to the management of the site.

As part of EWH's role in advising the City of Edinburgh Council on streetscape issues, Khrystyna conducted research historic street lighting in the World Heritage Site.The work included:

  • Studying records in the Edinburgh City Archive, Edinburgh Room in the City Library, National Library, EWH library.
  • Meeting lighting experts, lighting engineers and enthusiasts for consultations.
  • Research on the current situation by meeting residents, analysing the outcomes of EWH projects, like Lynedoch Place Project, inspecting sites to conclude on the current state of street lighting units, identifying those in need of refurbishment.
  • Completing a research paper and preparing it for consultation with partners organisations.

As a part of the process of reviewing the management plan, Fabienne carried out a comparative study of World Heritage Cities’ and strategies to protect the Outstanding Universal Value of their sites.

The comparison included case studies from different European countries such as Austria (Vienna), Poland (Kraków), Spain (Toledo), Switzerland (Berne) and the United Kingdom (Edinburgh). Key questions taken into consideration were:

  • What is understood by the term setting according to UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines?
  • In the context of Outstanding Universal Value, what are the principles and requirements for drawing the nominated property’s boundary?
  • What tools would be useful and/or necessary to enhance the setting protection of a World Heritage Site?

Fabienne's study will be used to inform the revised management plan, due for publication in 2011.

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