Edinburgh Local Heritage Network celebrates its first birthday


We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Edinburgh Local Heritage Network (ELHN).

This network was launched on the May 10, 2023 and was attended by 17 representatives from a variety of local community groups, organisations, and societies.

The ELHN has gone from strength to strength over the past year and now has 30 members who represent local heritage groups and societies from across the city.

This network is specifically for local groups and societies with a focus on the heritage of Edinburgh, with the Lord Provost Robert Aldridge as Honorary President.

The purpose of this network is to develop and maintain partnerships between local heritage groups and with Council services, chiefly Archives, Libraries, and Museums and Galleries. This is to better safeguard, enrich, and promote the city’s heritage together.

Membership of the ELHN is available to heritage groups and organisations based within the city. If you belong to a group that you think might benefit from this network, please contact us at archives@edinburgh.gov.uk

The network meets quarterly and focuses on subjects of interest to local heritage groups. Groups can also raise any specific issues or questions facing them that network members might be able to help with.

Currently, the key focus of the ELHN is the development of a new online membership directory and collaboration on the Edinburgh 900 programme with a focus on supporting local communities to celebrate this anniversary.

The full ELHN online directory can be found on our website

Further details on the Edinburgh 900 programme are also available on our website.

The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and ELHN Honorary President, Robert Aldridge said:

I’m delighted that the ELHN has reached this milestone and I’d like to sincerely thank all the members, supporters and colleagues who have worked hard to grow and enhance this network.

Edinburgh is a city of rich history and stories. We’re committed to sharing these as part of our Edinburgh 900 programme and the ELHN has a key role to play in these celebrations.

Published: May 13th 2024