Historic Acheson House welcomes Edinburgh World Heritage

One of the Old Town's most historically important buildings has entered a brand new chapter with the arrival of its new occupants, Edinburgh World Heritage.

The Grade A-listed 17th century Acheson House, which stands adjacent to the Museum of Edinburgh (formerly known as Huntly House) in the Canongate, has been undergoing refurbishment to its lower floors since the summer.

Edinburgh World Heritage are this week moving into the building from their previous address in Charlotte Square. 

Built in 1633 for Sir Archibald Acheson, Secretary of State for King Charles 1, the building has lain empty since 1991 when it was last used by the Scottish Crafts Centre and has been on the Buildings at Risk register since 2000.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "We're delighted to welcome our friends at Edinburgh World Heritage to their new abode at Acheson House; it's a very important part of our vision to bring this A-listed 17th century building back to life as part of a Museums Hub devoted to charting the fascinating development of Scotland's Capital city.  This sympathetic conservation, carried out by Clark Contracts and in partnership with EWH, will help guarantee the future of a building that is surely one of the most historically important in Scotland." 

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: "We are very excited to be establishing our new base in Acheson House, one of the most significant historic buildings in the Old Town. It is inspiring to think that the building was saved by far-sighted conservationists in the 1930s, and it is a privilege to continue their work in ensuring that Edinburgh's built heritage is preserves for future generations to enjoy."

The refurbishment work is being carried out by Clark Contracts.

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