News & blog

Striding Forwards in Paisley

Joining the 'STAR Striders' walking group as they build connections, enjoy their local assets and some good company along the way; building a safer, more connected and resilient community.

TB's influence on Scottish architecture for World TB Day

By Margaret Campbell, MPhil

Ionnsachadh anns an Leòdhas - Learning in Lewis

In early March SUP spent two days working with Primary and Secondary School Pupils in the leafy grounds of Lews Castle, Isle of Lewis, in partnership with Museum nan Eilean.

Scotland's Rainbow Urban Past

Record, research and share your LGBT+ places in Scotland during LGBT History Month 2017!

Medieval Minecraft!

We had an excellent session with Scotland’s Urban Past and Steven from Immersive Mind yesterday. We are working together to create a map of medieval Dunfermline using the computer game Minecraft, which many of our members are already avid fans of!

Recording Edinburgh’s Changing Landscape

New Urban Detective and former astronomer Alex McLachlan has been recording the dramatic changes in Edinburgh’s urban horizons for over twenty years. Here Alex explains what interested him about these changes, and what patterns he’s noticed over the years.

Where's the Minecraft then?

Fiona and Bryony from Scotland's Urban Past and Stephen Reid from ImmersiveMinds came along to Dunfermline on Saturday and Sunday to start us off on our project to recreate medieval Abbot House in Minecraft.

Uncover Edinburgh’s Lost Past

Press release, Monday 19 September 2016: Public invited to see ‘the Edinburgh that never was’ as part of Doors Open Days.

Scotland’s heritage volunteers named in nationwide shortlist

Press release Thursday 15 September 2016: Shortlist for second annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards announced

Community event set to shine spotlight on Oban’s heritage

Press release, Tuesday 13 September 2016: Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference comes to Oban.

Minecrafting of Medieval Dunfermline

This blog post by Mark Seaborne covers the latest Scotland’s Urban Past project with Dunfermline Young Archaeologists' Club to recreate Dunfermline's oldest domestic house in Minecraft.

Inspector Clouseau or Sherlock Holmes? My first case as an Urban Detective

Visits to libraries, thumbing through newspapers, using the internet, and walking into work with a pole - this guest blog post by Charlene Forbes covers her first adventures as an Urban Detective.

Love Parks Week: Victoria Park, Leith

What’s in a name? This blog post by Bryony Jackson explores the many names of Victoria Park in Leith as part of 2016 Love Parks Week.

Awards seek out Scotland’s ‘Heritage Angels’

Press release, Friday 10 June 2016: Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016 open for entries.

Rosyth Remembers

Press release, Wednesday 18 May 2016: New community-curated exhibition marks centenary of the 'Garden City'.

Marjory Gilzean of Elgin Cathedral

Historic Environment Scotland’s Interpretation Assistant, Sally Gall, tells us the 18th century tale of Marjory Gilzean, who lived with her son among the ruins of Elgin Cathedral.

Dancing through the decades with the Youth Forum

On Monday 25 April, the Scotland's Urban Past Youth Forum invited you to Dance through the Decades and celebrate 100 years of youth culture at their first annual youth-led event.

Raise Your Glass: Scotland's Brewing Heritage

Guest blogger John Martin, Chair of the Scottish Brewing Archive Association, introduces us to the history of brewing in Scotland.

Clachnaharry Signal Box: a tiny building from railways' golden era

This blog post by Urban Detective Hetty Lancaster explores the big stories behind little signal boxes.

Edinburgh restaurant reveals hidden history

In this guest blog post, Evan Taylor - restaurant manager turned Urban Detective - shares the story of 57A Frederick Street and its hidden history.