Doors Open Days to Return to Edinburgh and East Lothian

The popular festival, which offers free access to buildings and events across Scotland, will return to Edinburgh and East Lothian on 24 and 25 September with an in-person and online programme. For the first time, the programme will be guest-curated by Under One Roof, Scotland’s charity for supporting tenement owners.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Standing Strong”, which will highlight the value of regular building maintenance and community approaches to looking after buildings and places. It will also examine the challenges of retrofitting buildings to address the climate emergency and achieve net-zero carbon emission targets. Already joining the programme are past Doors Open Days favourites the Victorian Classroom at the History of Education Centre and the historic Custom House in Leith.

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Mike Heffron, Chief Executive of Under One Roof Scotland, said: “We are delighted that we can keep the doors open in Edinburgh and East Lothian this year. Doors Open Days is much-loved by the public in the East of Scotland, and this year we will continue to help the public have a special inside look at buildings, spaces and other hidden treasures.”

“Under One Roof will also be putting our own spin on the events this September, such as adding a dedicated hub in the city centre where the public can find out more about the full Doors Open Days programme of buildings, events, and tours. We will also be hosting in-person panel discussions and talks, and offering free information sessions for tenement owners looking for support with the management and maintenance of their building.”

Doors Open Days is organised nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, is part of European Heritage Days and is supported by Historic Environment Scotland. Local coordinators from civic trusts, community groups and local authorities create and manage programmes in each region.

Susan O’Connor, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said: “We are intrigued to find out what Under One Roof will bring to our enthusiastic audience in the East this year. Edinburgh and East Lothian have some of the most important buildings and spaces in the country - we can’t wait to see what they do!”

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