Project information

EWH's Big Christmas Campaign 2011-12

To undertake vital conservation and preservation projects in the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site, from important monuments to domestic properties requiring attention in order to enhance and preserve the historic Edinburgh cityscape.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

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  • Need


    Edinburgh World Heritage works to ensure the continued survival of the architecture and historic fabric of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, proactively targeting funds where the justification is greatest. Historic Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council are core supporters of our activities, but to to deliver a range of projects in the Old and New Town, we must raise £100,000 in 2011 /12, £60,000 of which we hope to raise through the Big Give's Christmas Challenge.


    Our approach to conservation and preservation helps to build confidence for citizens and businesses to invest in the city. In this year we will invest our expertise and energy in 25 projects. Each project will involve a different community, keep traditional skills of our craftsmen alive and encourage greater sustainability through the use of locally sourced building materials. Our solution is ongoing through the promotion of conservation-led regeneration throughout the City.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver solutions for historic buildings, helping individuals and communities to help themselves


    » We will support the repair of around 20 buildings within the World Heritage Site, through our Conservation Funding Programme.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to have provided support up to 20 projects through the Conservation Funding Programme.

    Aim 2

    A programme of conservation work to the City’s historic monuments,


    » We will initiate the repair of a range of monuments and places, including St Bernard's Well and Granny's Green, in partnership with other groups.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to have facilitated a number of community projects, providing an effective framework to realise projects and attract matched funding from other partners.

    Aim 3

    To run related education, interpretation and outreach work in and around the World Heritage Site.


    » A series of publications & events to encourage public involvement and understanding of the City's heritage.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a series of events and publications to enable others to have a sense of ownership in the World Heritage Site.

  • Impact


    To ensure the overall state of conservation of this remarkable City centre is at a level appropriate to its historic and international importance.
    To ensure communities and institutions of the World Heritage Site have a strong sense of ownership and take responsibility for their City.
    To encourage partnership-working across the City.


    Inclement weather and the economy can affect the execution of repair work to historic buildings and structures. EWH keeps a careful watch of the progress of projects.


    Through regular emails, written letters and offers to go on site while the projects are under way. We will also provide before and after images to demonstrate the quality, scale and impact of the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Conservation Funding Programme Enabling the repair of historic buildings in and around the World Heritage Site.
      £40,000 World Heritage Projects Enabling the repair of monuments and other public realm projects around the World Heritage Site.
      £20,000 Education A range of related education, outreach and interpretation works through workshops, publications etc.
  • Background


    The project will take place within the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. This area covers some 25,000 residents and 11,000 Listed Buildings, as well as national institutions.


    The area covers the full spectrum of society and our projects will benefit residents, businesses and visitors to the city. It will support the vibrant social mix within the World Heritage Site.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The expertise and experience within EWH is available to all who seek to preserve the City's heritage. We have over 40 years' experience in this field and over 1,000 successful projects to our name. We are internationally recognised as a model of best practice, providing a voice for the City in the global heritage debate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Adam Wilkinson

    As the Director, Adam has strategic oversight of the organisation's activities and is the key contact point for supporters and donors.

    Fiona MacDonald

    Fiona is a highly experienced Conservation Architect with responsibility for the organisation's Conservation Funding Programme.

    Fiona Rankin

    Fiona is EWH's World Heritage Projects Manager, with highly specialized knowledge as a Conservation Architect and a wealth of experience.

    David Hicks

    David is our Communications Manager, responsible for EWH's learning, outreach and interpretation programmes.