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New proposal to transform John Knox House into a new Literature House


The City of Literature Trust has this week unveiled a proposal for John Knox House on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to become the Literature House for Scotland, as part of an expanded ‘literary quarter’ in the Netherbow area of the Royal Mile.

The 15th-century house, popularly known as John Knox’s House (although Knox never actually lived there) is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh and has been a museum since 1853, currently exploring the history of the Reformation. For more on the history of the house click here.

City of Literature Trust and their partners are currently undergoing preparatory work for the new project, with the aim of creating a Literature House by 2022, which they explain would ‘be a unique and comprehensive interpretation, education and information point, providing a gateway into Scotland’s rich and diverse literary story’.  

      QUICK LINK: Exclusive video: explore the Edinburgh John Knox would have known

Call for digital experience proposals

The Trust has issued a call for respondents to design and trial work for one or two digital experiences (depending on resource and feasibility), one of which should work within a room in the John Knox House, and the other which would be suitable for exterior deployment in the wider Literary Quarter area.

The call out explains that ‘the experiences must be available to participants, but not intrusively apparent to other people passing through, residing in, or using the space for other purposes’. The plan goes on to explain that no permanent physical interventions will be undertaken because of the building’s historical significance.

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises, working in and around Edinburgh. Some £600,000 is available to fund up to thirty Challenge Projects over the next four years.

Applications open on 8 July and close on 12 August. Further open calls will take place twice a year.

For more information, e-mail or visit the website

(image copyright Tony Hisgett)



(image copyright Tony Hisgett)


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