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Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows

Edinburgh's New Town, a centrepiece of the city's UNESCO World Heritage area, is 250 years old in 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Edinburgh's Georgian shadows has now ended

To celebrate this milestone in Edinburgh's history, and as a signature event in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, an atmospheric lumière experience highlighted the city's beautiful Georgian architecture and brought its original residents back to life, right in the heart of the New Town between in February and March 2017

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Beginning at the centre of St Andrew Square, projections onto the Melville Monument told the story of the New Town's origins, highlighting key buildings in the plan with a fly-through of the original map of the New Town Plan.

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Dundas House

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36 St Andrew Square, Registered Office of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Originally a private mansion commissioned by MP Sir Lawrence Dundas (1712 – 1781), construction of Dundas House finished in 1774, with the building eventually being acquired by The Royal Bank of Scotland 1825 who have owned it ever since.

General Register House

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2 Princes St

Intended as a purpose-built archival facility, General Register House is a significant building in Edinburgh's history, and one of the few buildings to be mandated by the plan, there being very little prescription on land use. 

Construction finished in 1789, making it the first custom-built public record repository in Britain. Today it also holds the distinction of being the world's oldest purpose-built archive building still in use as well as having been the site of Britain's first hot-air balloon ascent, by James Tytler.

Its place on the Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows trail and its illumination highlighted the innovative planning the New Town brought to city-building.

St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church

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13-17 George Street

The stained glass windows of St Andrew & St George's West Church was illuminated, bringing their gorgeous detail and delicious colour to life, while on either side of building's frontage, 18th century residents went about their business, as if heedless of the passage of time.

Assembly Rooms

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54 George St

The Assembly Rooms, built on a site donated by the Town Council, was completed in January 1787 for the Caledonian Hunt Ball and provided a place for social functions in the New Town, bringing with it a distinct shift of focus for the city's wealthy and elite from the Old Town onto the New. 

The Assembly Rooms has played host to guests including Charles Dickens, Seamus Heaney, J K Rowling, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows brought back the hubbub inside one of Georgian Edinburgh's favourite venues, with guests awaiting entry for an evening's entertainment.

Sir Walter Scott’s Home

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39 North Castle St

Scottish literary giant Sir Walter Scott lived in the beautiful and spacious three-storey Georgian townhouse at 39 North Castle Street with his family for the majority of his married life. For Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows, Sir Walter was brought back to his former home, kept company by a faithful companion.

Bute House & Georgian House

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5-7 Charlotte Square

Leading Scottish Architect Robert Adam designed Charlotte Square. Though alterations to his plans were made after his death, elements of the square remained faithful to his design. Bute House (home of Scotland's First Minister) and its neighbours are central to Charlotte Square's north side, and an example of Adam’s original design.

The frontages of the house and its neighbours together create the illusion of an unbroken palatial façade; Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows highlighted the beauty and detail of Adam's architectural vision.

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Georgian House has been restored to preserve an example of a typical Edinburgh New Town House of the late 18th century with period furniture and decoration. A visit to Georgian House allows you to step directly into Edinburgh's past.

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