Edinburgh Study Tour – Part III: Painting the Forth Bridge

Written by Kristin Potterton

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The three Forth Bridges viewed from Queensferry. Photo by author.

To complete the study tour, the second day in Edinburgh included a viewing of the Forth and its famous bridge. Having looked at the Forth Bridge construction in previous studies, I was particularly looking forward to this portion of the weekend and it certainly did not disappoint. A clear morning provided an excellent opportunity to take in the 19th-century cantilever bridge and its younger neighbours, the Forth Road Bridge, a 20th-century suspension bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing (currently under construction), a 21st-century cable-stayed bridge. The showcase of bridge technology and history from one vantage point is an impressive sight and well worth the trip. Continue reading

Edinburgh Study Tour – Part II: Similarity, Difference and Conservation Decisions: Case Studies of Riddle’s Court and the Botanic Cottage

Written by Duncan Marks

While the motto of the 2016 YCAA study tour was ‘a city of contrasts’, unfortunately the weather on the opening day was relentlessly unchanging: cold, wet and very in keeping with Edinburgh’s epigram as “the windy city”. Fortunately, we were spared further exposure to the brisk Scottish weather by visiting two of Edinburgh’s most fascinating and current conservation projects in the city’s World Heritage Site domain: Riddle’s Court and the Botanic Cottage. Continue reading

Edinburgh Study Tour – Part I: Complexity and Contrasts in Managing Old and New Towns’ World Heritage Site

Written by Angela Morris

 

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Old Town of Edinburgh. Photo by author.
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New Town of Edinburgh. Photo by author.

At the beginning of April, the YCAA study tour took place in the lovely old city of Edinburgh. The theme of the study tour was ‘Edinburgh, a city of contrasts: an exploration of the conservation and management issues of its two World Heritage Sites.’ As part of this tour, we were witness to Edinburgh’s two World Heritage Site (‘WHS’) – consisting of Old and New Towns and the recently-inscribed Forth Bridge – as well as local conservation projects within its city limits. Certainly, Edinburgh offers a layered appreciation of the diverse issues associated with not just a WHS but also how those concerns intersect with local and national interests and planning policy. As a student, it was truly a pleasure to see these complicated topics played out first-hand in a practical and reified way in such a prime setting. Continue reading

Edinburgh, a city of contrasts: an exploration of the conservation and management issues of its two World Heritage sites

Edinburgh Study Tour
1 and 2 April 2016

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland since the fifteenth-century, has two distinct areas: the Old Town, which is dominated by a medieval fortress, and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the eighteenth-century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning.  The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character.  It is these two areas of the city which comprise the first of Edinburgh’s two World Heritage sites, and was inscribe in the UNESCO list in 1995. Continue reading