‘Revisiting Waverley Valley:

The new Ross Pavilion in Context’

by John Byrom

Wednesday 26th July

7pm – 9pm

Augustine United Church

41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust invites you to the Annual Evergreen Summer Lecture on the occasion of a public consultation on the proposed new Concert Arena and Visitor Centre in West Princes Street Gardens.


7 shortlisted architectural designs for the new Ross Pavilion from 125 entries from 22 different countries are currently on show in the City Arts Centre as part of an initial consultation which ends on 31 July.


'Revisiting Waverley Valley' is a response by the city’s foremost authority on Edinburgh’s gardens, John Byrom, former Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme & Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh. John is the author of the forthcoming book, The Care and Conservation of Shared Georgian Gardens – September 2017, published by The Word Bank in association with Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. http://eotdt.org/index.php/the-word-bank/350-the-care-and-conservation-of-shared-georgian-gardens












The Evergreen: A New Season in the North, Volume 3

The Evergreen, a unique anthology in 4 volumes from Edinburgh's Old Town, revisits a 400-year old tradition that sparked the Evergreen anthologies of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, inspiring a civic and cultural revival within Edinburgh and beyond. After 120 years, it's back.


Special Price £10


Behind the Scenery: the Folk of the Edinburgh Old Town

The latest volume of The Evergreen teems with Old Town community life, past and present, in illustration, poetry, conversation and story: the assorted portraits of street characters from Ned Holt's portfolio; James Connolly and Patrick Geddes as 'good neighbours' in Dublin and Edinburgh; St Columba as inspiration on Lawnmarket of all places; a thriving housing cooperative 40 years on; community arts bestowing light on Craigmillar, and wine its distinctive pleasures in the Southside; along with illustrated conversations with current residents, and street scenes that bridge the present with the re-imagined past.

It's not all local. Farflung places feature in poetry and fiction: Australia, Italy, U.S.A. and Glasgow.

Add in essays on Surveillance, The Meadows, and visions of a city afloat; consider this, what if the city were an ocean and its buildings ships?



Introduction - Sean Bradley

What if the City Were an Ocean and Its Buildings Ships? - Tim Ingold

From Here to Everywhere Else - Alison Flett

That’s Amore - Marianna Silvano

Behind the Scenery - Astrid Jaekel  

Patrick Geddes and a Statue of St Columba - Alan Harding

The World of Ned Holt - Donald Campbell

The Lister Housing Co-operative Banners - Mary Quinn

Knitting a Tenement/Common Ground - Jennie Renton

Coming to Terms With Nature - Lee Randall

Postcards From Dublin - Sean Bradley

Picnic - A.Jak

Untitled Poem - Patrick Geddes

Where Do I End - Nik Williams

Come Into the Light - Derek Rodger

Folk of the Old Town- Lucy Roscoe

Notes From a Wine Cellar - Michael Romer

Armless Clock/The Cemetery - Youssef Al-Khatib

Notes from a Marche Village - David Tomassini

Grand Canyon - Mary Hong


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Wed 9th December at 6.30pm

Serenity Café, 8 Jackson’s Entry, The Tun, Edinburgh

In 1906, a one of Britain’s first Free Kindergartens, the St Saviour’s Child Garden, was opened in premises at Brown’s Close, Canongate. Intended as ‘a contribution to the solution of the slum problem in Edinburgh,’ it formed part of a broader programme of social reform enacted by the Episcopal church of Old St Paul’s, and was run by an energetic young Englishwoman, Lileen Hardy. This talk will explore Hardy’s work at the kindergarten, its connections to Old St Paul’s, and more particularly what it tells us about the contributions made by women to the improvement of living conditions in Edinburgh’s slums.

Elizabeth Darling is Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University. The project from which this paper arises forms part of her work on the nature of women’s contribution to the reform and transformation of urban environments from the 1890s to the 1950s. Key publications include Women and the Making of Built Space in England, 1870-1950 (co-edited with Lesley Whitworth, published by Ashgate, 2007) and a contribution to the new volume of The Evergreen, ‘A World in Action: Women’s Work and Children’s Work in the Canongate’s St Saviour’s Child Garden, 1906-1914.’