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page 68 2011hotel accommodation NADFAS has organised special rates for rooms at a selection of hotels in Edinburgh. For the hotels listed onthis page, members are encouraged to book online at to Courses & Events, thenNational Courses & Events)On the site members should enterthe event reference: 'NADFAS Conference' to book their preferredaccommodation. Alternatively, members can book via the conference organiser's accommodation team by calling thefollowing number: 0131 473 3874. and quoting 'NADFAS Conference'. We advise members to book as earlyas possible to avoid disappointment.Apex International Hotel ????£115 single occupancy/£125 dual occupancyContemporary hotel in the centre ofthe Old Town with excellent views of Edinburgh Castle. Guest rooms are luxurious,with large comfortable beds, luxury toiletries, power showers and 24-hour roomservice.Balmoral Hotel ????£185 single occupancy/£205 dual occupancyThis stylish property is located onPrinces Street in the heart of Edinburgh, with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Sir Walter Scott Monument, The National Gallery of Scotland and the historic OldTown. George Hotel ????£125 single occupancy/£135 dual occupancyOn elegant George Street, TheGeorge is one of Edinburgh's best-known hotels. A recent £20m renovation has giventhe George stylish and contemporary interiors, while respecting the listed Georgianarchitecture. Premier Inn Lauriston Place ???£107 single occupancy/£116 dual occupancyFully refurbished in 2008, the hotelprovides spacious, clean and comfortable en-suite rooms and friendly service. Thehotel is handily placed, just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street andthe Royal Mile.Apex City Hotel ????£115 single occupancy/£125 dual occupancyThis contemporary hotel, in the OldTown, offers 119 en-suite bedrooms. Guest rooms include city, superior, deluxe andsuites with CD/DVD players, wide-screen TVs, bathroom with bath and separatewalk-in power showers, personal safes, choice of pillows and ergonomic chairs. Apex Waterloo Place Hotel ????£125 single occupancy/£135 dual occupancyLocated at the east end of PrincesStreet, on Waterloo Place, this beautiful Georgian property has been transformed intoa contemporary boutique hotel. Bedrooms include ergonomic chairs, 42" LCD TVs,safes and fridges. Most also include separate bath and walk-in showers.Fountain Court Apartments Grove Street ????1-bedroom apartment £73 per night for 1-2 people; 2-bedroom apartment £93 pernight for 1-2 people; 2-bedroom apartment £118 per night for 3-4 people.Groveapartments provide an ideal base in Edinburgh. Offering space for up to five people,with a sofa bed in each two-bedroom apartment, Grove is excellent value for money.Premier Inn Haymarket ???£78.95 single occupancy/£86.90 dual occupancy Situated in the city centre, a fewminutes' walk from Haymarket Station. Bedrooms are fully en-suite, with bath andpower shower, hairdryers, coffee making facilities, and TV. Disabled and family roomsare also available. On-site parking (limited availability) costs £8 for 24 hours.Radisson Blu Hotel ????£130 single occupancy/£145 dual occupancyLocated on the Royal Mile, the hotelis within a five-minute walk of the main shopping and business districts. All bedroomsoffer free broadband access, safe and minibar. The first hotel in Scotland to win theParkMark award given to its multi-storey car park which has direct hotel access. The Roxburghe Hotel ????£112 single occupancy/£122 dual occupancyThe prestigious Roxburghe Hotel isone of the oldest hotels in Edinburgh and is located in the heart of the Georgian NewTown overlooking Charlotte Square, home to Scotland's First Minister. It has 198refurbished bedrooms, many with views of Edinburgh Castle.NB All rates are inclusive of VAT and breakfast. The apartments come equipped with a kitchen and somebreakfast essentials for a continental breakfast.

32NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER Muirwas a long-termsupporter ofNationalMuseumsScotlandIn 2005, National Museums Scotlandreceived a unique and extraordinarygift: over 18,000 items from thearchives of the internationally renownedfashion designer Jean Muir. The itemsspan nearly 30 years, from the start ofher eponymous fashion label in 1966until her death in 1995.The archive is a particularly fineeducational resource because it showsthe entire workings of a fashioncompany. Donated by her widower andbusiness partner Harry Leuckert, theitems include sketches, pattern pieces,trial garments, fabric samples andfinished garments and accessories, suchas jewellery and hats.However, to make the collectionaccessible to specialists, students andthe public, much work had to be done.Edinburgh DFAS offered to assist withthis time-consuming task. CoordinatorMidge Connell, who trained in museumsand galleries, said that when she heardabout the donation, "I knew it was aproject tailor-made for NADFAS Heritagevolunteers". Eight members were selected tobegin work in June 2009. The groupwas divided into two flexible teams offour, with Midge in reserve, to attendregular sessions every fortnight or threeweeks at National Museum Scotland'sstorage facility in Granton. So large isthe archive, that this work continues still. Tasks include making paddedhangers and Tyvek bags for hanginggarments, photographing, labelling andre-hanging, and placing sketches inMelanex sleeves. "She was such a revered designerfor our generation and several membersof the Society have Jean Muir garmentsso the chance to see the jewellery,clothes and accessories is all veryexciting. I just appreciate the stitchingand the tailoring," says Midge. "But it'sthe thrill of getting close to the objects -that's what volunteering is about, really."The team produces up to 20 hoursof work each time, and the sessionshave proved to be both a valuable helpto the professional staff and a great thrillfor the volunteers."We are delighted to have the helpof the EDFAS volunteers. They havemade a real contribution to improvingthe storage and care of the Jean MuirCollection," comments Fiona Anderson,Senior Curator of Dress and Textiles atNational Museums Scotland.Close-knitcommunityA team of nine NADFAS Heritage Volunteers has spent the last year workingon the Jean Muir archive in Granton. Susanna Clarkefinds out moreabout this extraordinary bequestJEAN MUIR ARCHIVEImages: © National Museums Scotland. Photo of Jean Muir by Gemma Levine