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Surprise opening of Calton Hill Collective

I spotted news of a development on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, around the site of the old observatory, not that long ago (back in August), and while mentioning it then, had no idea the work would be completed so soon.

I noted then that whenever I had visited Calton Hill, and the old observatory site, while there may have been a great view, it was really disappointing to see that this was really a dead place, with more interest for vandals than visitors.

It seems the work is done and the opening is set.

A new centre for contemporary art is to open at one of Edinburgh’s most iconic sites.

Collective – on Calton Hill – will include a new exhibition space and restaurant as well as the restored City Observatory.

The £4.5m development on the world heritage site is the result of a partnership between artists, businesses and local people.

The new art centre will open on Saturday.

Collective will include the restored City Observatory, designed by William Playfair in 1818, a new purpose-built exhibition space with panoramic viewing terrace, and a destination restaurant, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage.

For the first time in its 200-year history the City Observatory site will be freely open to the public.

The City Observatory played a key role in the history of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh.

The original telescope, installed in the observatory in 1831, will be on display.

Art centre to open on Calton Hill in Edinburgh

The only downside I can see is that I couldn’t get into the observatory building when I was a regular visitor to the area, now I can get in, but likely won’t be in Edinburgh again.

City Observatory Calton Hill

City Observatory Calton Hill

See also…

Observatory embarks on new mission after £4.5m makeover


23/11/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , ,

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