Happy Birthday Scotland's Urban Past!

Scotland's Urban Past celebrates its first year in this blog post by Project Manager Chiara Ronchini.

Submitted by Chiara on 11-12-2015 12:32:31

A whole year of Scotland's Urban Past

When I started working on this project a year ago, I would have never imagined that it would bring us all this.

The beauty of Scotland's Urban Past is that we never know what people in Scotland will put forward as project idea, which makes it really exciting for the team.

Until the first telephone call, the first email or the first meeting, we don't know which places community groups would like to discover and record, and how they want to celebrate them.

A photograph of the seven Scotland's Urban Past team members.

Community-led projects

With a youth club in Livingston, we helped contribute the first skatepark to the National Record of the Historic Environment, where its record is now treasured in perpetuity.

The Friends of St John's Tower in Ayr had a 9-minute piece on STV Glasgow, and are now planning a bigger training event to be hosted at the Tower.

Young people at Canongate Youth created a cardboard city and a short film to rediscover the heritage of their Dumbiedykes area in Edinburgh.

Tain's urban detectives investigated three buildings, which will populate a digital map of the medieval town, and Abbot House volunteers recorded the beautiful interiors of the building and its stories, before it closed to the public on Saturday 15 August.

A photograph of two young boys measuring the edge of a skate park.

2015 at a glance

This year we have been to Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Livingston, Dumfries, Campbeltown, Ayr, Tain, Rosyth, and many more towns and cities. We worked with over 1,000 people through our projects and activities, held 52 training sessions in surveying and recording, researching historical documents, digital maps, photography, filming, oral history recording, and community mapping.

5,676 website users, 330 Facebook likes, 606 Twitter followers and 1,272 Vimeo views later, we have great plans for the new year when our Urban Detectives platform is going to be launched. This will be a great opportunity for anyone to get involved and contribute to Canmore with images, photos, sketches and stories.

A map of Scotland with pink dots all over it.We travel far and wide - let us know if you'd like us to visit a town near you!

And what else is ahead?

Witches memorials, historic boat houses, urban animations, anti-slavery campaign trails, city soundscapes and old town footage; just a glimpse of the community-led projects in the pipeline!

What are the places that matter to you? What's your heritage? For this and more, get in touch with our team by emailing sup@rcahms.gov.uk.



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