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Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust

Area of Operation:

Old Town of Edinburgh + Dumbiedykes
Edinburgh & South East (Lothian, Borders)


How We Started

The Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) was set up in 2009 as a company limited by guarantee to help improve the quality of life for all Old Town residents. It works by instigating, leading and supporting projects that will have a positive impact upon the lives of Old Town residents. EOTDT became a registered charity (SC042964) in September 2011.

What We Do

Successful projects to date include the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club which is restoring and re-creating green spaces and gardens in the Old Town. We commissioned a conservation study into the empty former Canongate Infants' School and carried out a feasibility study into a community-based literature and literacy centre that would include: communal meeting, exhibition, rehearsal and performance space; affordable office space for incubating community and other enterprises - craftspersons, small businesses and organisations broadly involved in literacy, writing, publishing and book production. Under the project title Word Bank, the Trust has just published the first issue of a journal with writing and artwork about place 'Evergreen: A New Season in the North'. Future issues of the journal will be developed in tandem with a community programme. For further information, see

Our Future Plans

Although currently not income generating the Trust is aware that future sustainability is a key issue hence the interest in establishing the Canongate Literature Centre.



Contact Details

Sean Bradley

0131 225 9488
admin [at] eotdt [dot] org

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Last Updated: Wed, 12/11/2014 - 16:04