Postponement of Edinburgh & East Lothian Doors Open Days 2022

POSTED ON March 25, 2022

After 32 years delivering Doors Open Days events we are taking a break this year. Read why below…

The impact and implications of Covid have been with us for the past two years, and look set to be with us into the future.  It has had a profound impact on businesses of all types and forced new ways on thinking on all of us.

The pressures of Covid and its impact on charitable giving and support has taken its toll on the Cockburn also.  We have reached the point where our financial deficits have required us to reign back on activities.

After long and difficult discussions and with considerable reflection of our 32-year legacy of delivering Doors Open Days in Edinburgh (and East Lothian more recently), our Trustees have reluctantly concluded that we need to take a sabbatical from delivering this very popular event in 2022.

We have struggled over many years to resource the delivery of Doors Open Days Edinburgh & East Lothian.  The creation of a digital programme over the past two years stretched us hugely but the collective effort with all the fantastic venues resulted in some superb material enjoyed by a world-wide audience.  That success, regretfully, has not brought additional support.

We appreciate that this will be a disappointment to many who enjoyed the opportunity to experience Edinburgh’s architecture and heritage. It certainly is for us.  We do plan to use this break to consider how we can come back in 2023 with a reinvigorated grassroots celebration of the local built and natural heritage, which is our intent.

We will be continuing with our other activities including the promotion of the City’s heritage but in slightly different ways than before.

In the meantime, we extend our gratitude and thanks to the hundreds of wonderful venues who have warmly welcomed visitors through their open doors each September over the last three decades and more. We also thank the many tens of thousands of Doors Open Days visitors for their interest, enthusiasm and participation in this beloved annual free event and hope that some of them will this year consider joining Scotland’s oldest conservation charity as we pause and review our public events activities and come back even stronger in 2023.

Watch a brief video message from our Director Terry Levinthal about why we took this difficult decision here 👇

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