Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) are opening the doors to some of Edinburgh’s most fascinating hidden gems this weekend (26th and 27th September) as part of the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days programme.
Doors have been opening in different areas of Scotland every weekend in September as part of the celebrations, and now Edinburgh visitors will have the chance to glimpse behind the scenes at the headquarters of RCAHMS, John Sinclair House in Newington, and the Maritime Museum at Trinity House in Leith.
Inspired by Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, RCAHMS have unearthed a series of foodie photos from the archives which will be on display at John Sinclair House. Visitors will also be able to see amazing scenes of Edinburgh in days gone by as the search room opens for special talks and behind the scenes tours.
Meanwhile a little way down the road in Leith, Historic Scotland staff have been busy utilising new technology to help visitors discover the area’s maritime past. Visitors can bring along a smart phone and follow a self-led tour through Trinity House, uncovering hidden historic facts about objects in the house by scanning QR codes.
Lesley Ferguson, RCAHMS Head of Collections, said: “Doors Open Days give people a unique chance to visit the national archive of information and collections held at John Sinclair House. Visitors have the opportunity to speak to specialists about their work documenting Scotland’s archaeology, buildings and industrial heritage. We will also have storytelling sessions, film screenings, and stunning visual displays.”
Rachael Dickson, Edinburgh Regional Collections Manager for Historic Scotland, added: “Trinity House is gearing up for a family weekend of fun on September 26th and 27th, with the chance to handle objects and enjoy craft activities, quizzes and family trails. Historic Scotland conservators will also be on hand to talk about the work we carry out on our vast painting collections – so there’s lots to see and do.”
Visit RCAHMS at John Sinclair House, Bernard Terrace, on Saturday 26 September 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm. There will also be the chance to get a 25% discount on a range of books about Scotland’s places.
Visit Trinity House at 99 Kirkgate on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015, 10am – 4pm.
For the full programme of buildings opening across Scotland, visit the Doors Open Days website http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/