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24 Doors of Advent in Edinburgh programme launches with free event at John Sinclair House

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Historic Environment's John Sinclair House will be the first of a number of buildings across the capital celebrating the festive season by throwing open its doors for 24 Doors of Advent.

John Sinclair House in Edinburgh will be hosting a special ‘winter warmer’ event on 1 December 2018, spreading some festive cheer with a series of talks, events and the opportunity to view some gems from the collection between 12pm and 7pm.

The public search room will be open on the day, showcasing a specially selected compilation of original drawings and photographs not usually on display. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on items within the collections, ranging from dazzling architect’s perspectives to archaeological excavations.

Edinburgh's giant advent calendar

The festive season will also offer another glimpse into the HES archive with Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar, also part of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Archival gems from the HES collection, and imagery made available through online learning service SCRAN - alongside material from the National Library of Scotland and National Records of Scotland - will light up General Register House with a spectacular projection uncovering Edinburgh winters from years gone by.

Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar will be projected at varying times from 5.30pm to 10pm each day during Advent (1-24 December). Steven McConnachie of Double Take Projections will be giving an exclusive talk as part of the Winter Warmer event at John Sinclair House on how the Calendar was created.

To reserve your free ticket for the Winter Warmer event, visit the HES website.

(Images copyright Historic Environment Scotland)

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