Welcome – a new Director at Edinburgh World Heritage Site

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Edinburgh World Heritage has announced the appointment of Christina Sinclair as the new director of Edinburgh World Heritage, replacing Adam Wilkinson.

Born and raised in Aberdeenshire, Christina studied at both the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee before working in England in a number of heritage and conservation roles for, among others, Historic England, the Design Council and various consultancies. Specific projects she has worked on include the restorations of both Manchester and Rochdale Town Halls. Most recently, Christina has been working for the Scottish Borders Council as lead advisor on heritage.

Professor James Garden, Chair of Edinburgh World Heritage commented: ‘We’re delighted that Christina will be joining us at this crucial time for the charity, and for Edinburgh. Christina brings a wealth of experience in both design and heritage, in both England and Scotland, and has a huge amount to contribute. She is taking over at a challenging time for the city, but she has an excellent team of experts behind her, and the charity is on a very sound footing. We wish her the very best of luck’.

Christina Sinclair added: ‘I’ve always wanted to return to Edinburgh, and joining Edinburgh World Heritage at this time is a great honor. I fell in love with this extraordinary city while studying here, not just with the architecture and heritage, but also with the people, the culture, and the sheer creative energy of the place. I look forward to listening to, and working with the leaders of the city, and well as residents, community groups, and business owners so that together we can continue to build a flourishing and sustainable Edinburgh.’

Christina Sinclair will be in position from September 2nd 2020.

Edinburgh Management Plan consultation now open

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Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Consultation is now open for feedback on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan (2017-2022).

During the summer last year, over 1000 people took part in a consultation and gave us their views on how they felt the World Heritage Site is being run. What people told us has shaped the draft Management Plan. The draft Plan sets out a number of actions which will be taken forward by the management partners (City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage).

The consultation will run until 5 June 2017. Please take a moment to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions using our online survey. You can also download the survey and send comments to worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

Thank you very much for your help,


Chloe Porter |Planning Officer| Planning Initiatives|Planning and Transport|Place|

The City of Edinburgh Council |Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG| Tel 0131 529 6235 | chloe.porter@edinburgh.gov.uk | http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration


Press release April 11th 2017: World Heritage Day 2017 showcases the UK’s ’Wonders of the World’ in a global day of celebration

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind and protecting and preserving these amazing places demands the collective efforts of all of us.  World Heritage Day, on the 18th of April, offers an opportunity to raise people’s awareness about the diversity of cultural and natural heritage we have in the UK and across the world, and the efforts that are required to look after it. Put simply, it is an opportunity to shout about how fantastic our World Heritage is, and you can find out more at https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/

April 18th is an ‘official’ international celebration day first proposed by ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites and then approved by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (the part of the UN that manages World Heritage) – in 1983. Each year has a theme, and this year’s theme is sustainable tourism, but many Sites simply choose to use the day to raise awareness.

A number of UK World Heritage Sites are celebrating the day this year with a programme of events, including the City of Bath, Durham Cathedral, Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, Ironbridge Gorge, Saltaire, Maritime Greenwich, and all of the six Scottish World Heritage Sites. Activities include diverting rivers, creating St Kilda in Minecraft, guided walks, illuminations, craft activities, ceramics workshops, games, short talks and even yarnbombing!

World Heritage UK, the national charity that represents the UK’s 30 World Heritage Sites is collating this information on its website at https://worldheritageuk.org/whday17/ so make this your first point of call for your guide to the day. We are also preparing a Twitter Thunderclap and will have a Twitter World Heritage hour in the afternoon on the 18th, so keep watching the hashtag #WHDay2017 and sign up to our twitter feed at @worldheritageuk to see what happens!

Dr Sam Rose, Chair of World Heritage UK, says “We have 30 outstanding UK World Heritage Sites, 25 of which are on the mainland of our four home nations, ranging from the spectacular Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, through to the Palace of Westminster and the Neolithic Sites of Orkney. Even if your local World Heritage Site doesn’t have an event on the 18th April, please pay it a visit and be amazed.” The full list of UK World Heritage Sites can be seen at https://worldheritageuk.org/about/ourworldheritagesites/

Management Plan Review for Edinburgh WHS

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Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

It’s time to review the Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. 

This is your chance to get involved… https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/edinburgh-oldandnewtowns-managementplan-review 

over 170 responses so far and here’s what people think:  https://planningedinburgh.com/2016/07/05/old-and-new-towns-of-edinburgh-world-heritage-site/

More information at: https://planningedinburgh.com/category/world-heritage/

Contact: worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site valued at over £1 Billion


A new report has found that residents, visitors and businesses attach an economic value of between £1.2 – £1.4 billion to the World Heritage Site.

(PR Taken from EWH Website May 26, 2016)

The survey, using a Treasury-approved approach, is the first time the value of the city’s heritage has been measured in this way.

The report reveals the depth of public support for the World Heritage site. The survey found that 96% of respondents feel that the city’s heritage is beneficial, and that this support is regardless of respondents’ economic or social background. Residents, visitors and businesses all strongly support the conservation of Edinburgh’s heritage, and see the World Heritage Site as a public good and long-term legacy for future generations.

The report was designed to capture the relationships that residents, businesses and visitors have with the site, and to express this through the attribution of a monetary value. Importantly, the contingent valuation established by the research is entirely separate to the commercial activities of businesses and residents within the World Heritage Site.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage commented: ‘this pioneering report shows that the World Heritage Site is deeply valued, and that its long term maintenance should be a priority for public spending. It also demonstrates a tremendous breadth of support with visitors, residents, and businesses all seeing the benefit to the city.’

Brian Lang, Chairman of Edinburgh World Heritage said: ‘the World Heritage Site is a fundamental driver of the city’s economy, and plays a vital role in attracting over 4 million visitors every year. The research shows that this value is widely understood, with residents and businesses agreeing that investment in heritage has long-term benefits for the city.’

Cllr. Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Economy Committee, responded: ‘we are immensely proud of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It brings tremendous value to the city and its economy and this research is to be welcomed. The report spells out why millions of visitors are flooding to Edinburgh every year to enjoy the World Heritage Site. This is of great benefit as the capital is heralded as the ‘gateway’ to the rest of Scotland. Our residents also take pride in the area and businesses report great benefits to the local economy. The evidence suggests that the economic value placed on the World Heritage Site drives investors’ financial decisions.

You can download a copy of the report here, or on the EWG website here.

Chloe Porter’s Edinburgh workshop blog

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Chloe Porter is a planning officer in Edinburgh City Council and has written an excellent blog about the recent World Heritage UK technical workshop on WHS management plans and systems in ‘Planning Edinburgh’. You can read it here:


Watch this space for further World Heritage UK events in 2016, including a Members Meeting at the Giant’s Causeway at the end of June and the second World Heritage UK conference in October.

Technical Workshop Edinburgh

World Heritage UK Technical Meeting on Management planning – Edinburgh Jan 25/26 2016

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This meeting was aimed at World Heritage practitioners, and took place in the offices of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Edinburgh, on Jan 25th and 26th 2016.  Its focus was on WH Site Management planning, looking at current guidelines, good practice, effectiveness and case studies.  This post gives the presentations and notes from the 2 day event.  Our thanks go to HES for supporting the event, and for being such outstanding hosts.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here:
WH:UK Technical Workshop Final Programme


Please remember that the copyright of presentations and content lies with the authors, so please contact them should you wish to use any material contained therein. 

Day 1

Sam Rose, Chair, WH:UK.  World Heritage UK updates
Presentation slides

Tony Crouch, Vice-chair, WH:UK. Identifying the scope
Management Planning Expectations

Christopher Young, independent consultant
Presentation slides
Presentation final speaking notes
WHS Management guidance documentation

Susan Denyer, ICOMOS UK
Presentation slides

Day 2

Sue Stolton, Equilibrium research
Presentation slides

Case studies:

Will Garrett – Edinburgh WHS – Presentation
Beth Thomas – Stonehenge and Avebury – Presentation
John Scott – Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Hadrian’s Wall – Presentation
Miles Oglethorpe – Forth Bridge – Presentation

Workshop session:

Combined Feedback from final session

Attendees list

The final participant list is available Delegate list Edinburgh Jan 2016


Feedback is available here: WH UK Edinburgh Technical Meeting Feedback


Our thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh City Council (for the walking tour) and all speakers and participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.

Edinburgh, January 25th to 26th 2016, Network meeting

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The second World Heritage UK Network meeting will take place in Edinburgh from lunchtime on Jan 25th to 4pm on the 26th, and will have an extended focus on Management Planning.

More details will follow as the event is put together, but it is likely to involve the guest speaker and learning session on the afternoon on the 25th (as per  the morning of the Liverpool meeting), with the rest of that day and the next day being dedicated to preparation for and detailed  work on good practice and latest reconsiderations on Management Planning.

Watch this space for more details.

Celebrate World Heritage Day with Edinburgh World Heritage


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World Heritage Day is celebrated around the globe, raising awareness of the diversity of cultural heritage and the 1007 places listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.  The City of Edinburgh has these three events to celebrate in 2015.

The Value of Heritage
Friday 17 April,
6.00pm – 7.30pm

Join us to explore the benefits that World Heritage brings to all the community, with contributions and discussion with a series of expert speakers. To book a place visit our Eventbrite page…Read more

Celebrating World Heritage 2015
Saturday 18 April, 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Celebrate World Heritage Day with a family afternoon out at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Find out about Scotland’s World Heritage Sites with activities for children, presentations, and storytelling. Find out more.

Enlightenment Edinburgh
Saturday 18 April, 2.30pm
To celebrate World Heritage Day, Mercat Tours are offering an exclusive chance to discover Edinburgh’s great moments and minds. Hear about the lives of Adam Smith, David Hume and many more. Find out more.