The Cockburn Association

The Cockburn Association

Charity information

The Cockburn Association

The Cockburn Association, founded in 1875, works to protect and enhance the beauty of Edinburgh for everyone who lives in, works in and visits the city. We organise Edinburgh Doors Open Day each year.

Founded 1875

  • Mission statement

    Working to protect and enhance the beauty of the City of Edinburgh since 1875 The Cockburn Association campaigns at many levels to keep Edinburgh a beautiful city to be enjoyed by all who live in, work in and visit Scotland's capital.

    Organising Edinburgh Doors Open Day since 1991 - a celebration of Edinburgh’s architecture, culture, heritage and environment, it offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee. The event also offers the public an opportunity to find out more about the capital's public buildings. All venues feature behind the scenes tours, activities, exhibitions and/or talks which bring the history of the building and its everyday use to life. Many sites organise additional free activities for children and families.

  • Aims

    The Cockburn Association aims to:

    • Promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh’s landscape and historic and architectural heritage; Encourage high quality contemporary design for buildings that blend with and enhance their su
    • Promote improvement of the aesthetic and functional quality of shared spaces such as public squares, streets and pavements;
    • Support the protection of the Green Belt, important open spaces and good agricultural land from unsuitable development;
    • Encourage the development and proper use of sustainable transport systems, with priority given to public transport, cycling and pedestrian environments;
    • Encourage greater public interest and involvement in planning, conservation and design.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1875

    Board members: 13

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 50

    Phone number: 01315578686

    Address: The Cockburn Association Trunks Close 55 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR

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