(That's me above in the hat visiting Berlin with my sister.)
George Heriots 17th century Jacobean school in the foreground. The spire of the Victorian Royal Infirmary behind to the left. The sleek 21st century Quartermile mixed office and residential development in the centre background. Each can tell us so much about the era it was built in and the society who built it.
"One might regard architecture as history arrested in stone."
Other Things I Do...
In 2021 I provided free guided history walks as part of Abbeyhill's Colony of Artists 16th Annual Arts Festival weekend. The tours looked at the history of Abbeyhill over the 19th century, specifically its 'colony' housing and relationship with the industrial heritage of the area, and were a great chance for me to contribute to my local community.
Before the pandemic I guided the Doors Open Day tours at the fabulous Assembly Rooms, in Edinburgh's George Street. In 2020, I provided the research and narration for a series of video shorts that look at the 230-year-old building's social history. Watch the short introduction below or view the complete collection.
I also volunteer at the Museum of Edinburgh in their courtyard of architectural fragments, something I started doing when I was a student. The courtyard is a bit of a hidden gem and most people stumble across it by accident, but its collection of stone carvings contain examples covering over 500 years.
The Museum is free to visit and, in normal circumstances, is open 7 days a week. During 2020 I created the first visitor guides to the Courtyard Collection, a full version and one of selected highlights.