Open days this weekend at the top of Calton Hill

Proposals for the redevelopment of the old City Observatory on Calton Hill have been revealed by arts organisation Collective.

Find out more about Collective’s plans or attend one of two open days being held this weekend. On Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April (12-4pm) you will be able to visit Collective in the City Dome to talk to staff and view the design concepts for the site.

The City Observatory sits on Calton Hill which is one of Scotland’s first public parks, and was designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818 as a temple to the Enlightenment, scientific innovation and discovery. The Observatory is widely regarded as the birthplace of astronomy.

Collective already shows the work of established and international artists who have not exhibited in Scotland before within the City Dome.

Councillor Richard Lewis is the city’s Culture and Sport Convenor. He said: "With some of the most breathtaking views in Edinburgh if not Scotland, Calton Hill is an iconic part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site. The City Observatory, known as the birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping, is an architectural and cultural gem. Under Collective’s redevelopment plans, the Observatory’s original 19th Century William Playfair designs would be reinstated to create a hub of art, science, history and leisure right in the heart of the Athens of the North for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

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