Join us for our In Conversation event to accompany our exhibition Classical Edinburgh. In the late 1960s, Edinburgh’s New Town was in crisis. Its fabric had been neglected for over 150 years, and areas were threatened with clearance - one or two parts were indeed cleared. The newly formed Scottish Civic Trust resolved to “do something about the New Town” and architect James Dunbar-Nasmith helped organise an army of 100 volunteer architects, engineers and surveyors to carry out a survey of the New Town, to assess the cost of repairs. These were presented to a conference held in the Assembly Rooms in 1970, and the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee was created to take this forward. Professor Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith, founding partner of LDN Architects, will be in conversation with Andrew Kerr, Edinburgh solicitor, resident of the New Town and an early member of ENTCC’s Committee, about their roles in this conservation programme. Colin McLean, photographer and current Chair of the Scottish Civic Trust, will host the discussion.


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In Conversation: Classical Edinburgh