Here is an update on progress on the restoration of the Jawbone Arch (from an Edinburgh World Hertage press release):
The City of Edinburgh Council has appointed contractors to carefully remove the Jawbone Arch in the Meadows so that the bones can be stored ahead of conservation work.
In an effort to secure the future of the Jawbone Arch, which has stood in the park through all weathers for over 100 years, the bones will be removed in late July. They will be taken into storage for up to six months to allow them to dry out. Once dry, experts will be appointed to preserve and repair the monument.
The area surrounding the Jawbone Arch will be cleared of fencing for easy pedestrian and cycle access through the Meadows in time for the Festival season.
The total estimated repair work for the bones is £49,000, with just over half of the funding being provided by Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council.The footpath running under the Jawbone Arch will, therefore, be accessible soon.
Additional support from the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council, the Grange Association, the Samuel Storey Charitable Trust, the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, and a range of individuals has also been pledged, but a further £20,000 fundraising is needed to complete the project.
Whalebone arches can be found in many places around Scotland, particularly in areas associated with the whaling industry. Edinburgh’s Arch is one of last relics of the International Exhibition of Science and Art which took place in the Meadows in 1886. The jaw bones of a whale formed part of the stand of the Shetland and Fair Isle Knitters, and after the exhibition they were gifted to the city.