Mending the Meadows Jawbone Arch

After months of storage to allow the set of whale bones to dry out, conservators are pleased with the progress that has been made to the mending of the bones. It is hoped the monument will return to its spot in the Meadows later this year.

The City of Edinburgh Council appointed conservators to undertake the careful removal of the Meadows Jawbone Arch in July 2014. The bones are being repaired and preserved and it is expected the works will be completed by Autumn, allowing the bones to be reinstated later this year.

The total estimated repair work for the bones is £49,000. Just over half of the funding target has been provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage, and the remainder has been fundraised.

The majority of donations provided by local residents and associations, including the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council, the Grange Association, and the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links and just £3,000 remains to be secured.

"It is fantastic that so many organisations and locals have pledged support of the project."

For those who may wish to make cash donations to the fundraising appeal for conservation work to the Arch, this can be gifted:

Online: On Just Giving search for the Meadows Jawbone Arch. You can give by credit or debit card and if you are a taxpayer your tax can be reclaimed.

By cheque: Please post or hand in to Edinburgh World Heritage, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD. Please mark the envelope 'Jawbone'. 

Through Facebook: Save the Jawbone Arch

Whalebone arches can be found in many places around Scotland, particularly in areas associated with the whaling industry. Edinburgh’s Arch is one of last relics of the International Exhibition of Science and Art which took place in the Meadows in 1886. The jaw bones of a whale formed part of the stand of the Shetland and Fair Isle Knitters, and after the exhibition they were gifted to the city.

Jawbone Arch

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