Shedding light on 250 years of Georgian Edinburgh

Known as one of the most historical cities in the UK, Edinburgh has put its past in lights with the launch of Georgian Shadows last night (Thursday 23 February 2017). 

The enchanting lighting experience brings the city’s Georgian New Town to life in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the New Town plan and Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

As one of the landmark destinations, the National Trust for Scotland’s Georgian House features beautiful window imagery giving visitors a glimpse into the lives of the residents and staff that once lived there. Volunteers from the Georgian House were on site to mark the launch of Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows by re-creating the scene in person.  

The event begins with an exciting lumière event at St Andrew Square to set the scene, then forms a trail through the Georgian New Town with visual displays at seven architectural gems: General Register House on Princes Street, Dundas House on St Andrew Square, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church and the Assembly Rooms on George Street, Sir Walter Scott’s home at 39 North Castle Street, ending with a flourish at Bute House and the Georgian House, both part of the palatial facade on the north side of Charlotte Square.

The event is supported by The City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrations, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and Essential Edinburgh.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh's Festivals and Events Champion, said: “We have successfully staged stunning light installations in the city centre over the last three years, from Bruce Munro’s ethereal Field of Light to last year’s playful KEYFRAMES stick figures. Each installation helps to brighten the city’s streets during the darker months and promote footfall to the New Town.

“This year, a new partnership approach in line with Edinburgh’s new events strategy includes EventScotland, ETAG, Essential Edinburgh, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Marketing Edinburgh. By working together we can highlight Edinburgh’s architectural splendour and celebrate the important anniversary of the adoption of the New Town Plan.

“Georgian Shadows provides a bespoke lightshow right along George Street in keeping with the original architectural features designed by James Craig 250 years ago. The installation is sure to be an impressive and appropriate celebration of the New Town, which will complement Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, our 230th anniversary of the Assembly Rooms, and the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as the Festival Capital.”

Completely free to attend, visitors have the opportunity to admire the city's architectural treasures in a completely new way while keeping an eye out for shadows of Georgian characters as they explore.

Catch the enchanting Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows every evening from 5.30pm to 8.30pm until the 26 March 2017.

Keep up to date with Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows on Twitter @edinburgh or Instagram @thisisedinburgh #edinshadows #HHA2017

Volunteers Anna Rathband and Christopher Major look into the window of Georgian House

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