1 December - John Sinclair House, Historic Environment Scotland, 12pm - 7pm

Historic Environment Scotland’s John Sinclair House at Bernard Terrace is the first door to open with a series of very special events to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding built heritage. We’ll be open from noon until 7pm on 01 December. 



EXHIBITION: Archive’s Greatest Hits

Our public search room is open from 12-7 for you to see a Christmas compilation of beautiful, original drawings and photographs never usually on show. From dazzling architects’ perspectives to Victorian and Edwardian photographs, to archaeological excavations, here’s a great chance to ask our experts about our fascinating collection. 


EXHIBITION: Leith Listings

We’re delighted to host the ‘Leith Listings’ exhibition, a new directory for the Leith neighbourhood identifying local buildings, structures, people and places of special architectural or historical interest, co-curated by Biomorphis and Leith Creative as part of the People and Places: Make Leith Better project which ran earlier in the year. 



TALK: Behind the Scenes of Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar

Edinburgh’s Giant Advent calendar will project onto General Register House throughout December, with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh’s winters from years gone by.  Join Steven McConnachie, Director of Double Take Projections, at an exclusive talk to hear more about how the advent calendar was created using Historic Environment Scotland’s rich archival resources. 

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EVENT: Crimewatch Edinburgh

Fancy an afternoon of fireside storytelling with a mug of hot chocolate and a mince pie? And in the company of THREE of Scotland's leading crime writers? Lin Anderson, Sara Sheridan and E S Thomson will be here between 2pm and 3.30pm to read from their stories in our recently-published anthology Bloody Scotland. All three authors will be answering questions and signing books, so this is an ideal opportunity to pick up a truly collectable stocking-filler for yourself or a friend!

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EVENT: Pecha Kucha 20x20 – All I Want For Christmas Is…

We’re hosting a Pecha Kucha event for the first time ever at John Sinclair House! Join us to hear inspiring experts from the city’s architecture and archaeology professions. The presentation style is fun and frantic: our speakers power their way through 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, telling us of their Christmas wishes. There’s no time to stop… aside from the time we’ve set for mulled wine and festive snacks. 

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You’ll find us at: Historic Environment Scotland, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NX.

Telephone: 0131 662 1456


We’re conveniently located in the Newington area of Edinburgh city centre and you can reach us on a number of Lothian Bus routes: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 47, 49.