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TB's influence on Scottish architecture for World TB Day

By Margaret Campbell, MPhil

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.

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.

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.

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.

Glasgow Women's Library Collections

On International Women's Day 2016, guest blogger Alice Andrews outlines the diverse and inspiring collections held at Glasgow Women’s Library, which document activism, achievements and the work of women through the ages.

LGBT History Month: A Space That Offered Safety

The importance of LGBTIQ+ safe spaces in Scotland's towns and cities is highlighted in this blog post about intangible heritage by playwright and performer Jo Clifford.

LGBT History Month: OurSpace for OurStory

Guest blogger Jaime Valentine describes the LGBT heritage activities and resources of the OurStory Scotland project.

Memories of Alva: 1954 to 1981

Guest blogger Jim Mylles reflects on his memories of Alva.

Newbattle Abbey College - Sharing Our Heritage

Charlotte Johnson tells us how Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith, are delving in to their fascinating military past.

Volunteering with Scotland's Urban Past

This blog post by Hetty Lancaster summarises her volunteering experience with Scotland's Urban Past.

Five Scottish community groups making a difference to our urban heritage

This blog post by Hetty Lancaster looks at some inspirational community groups who save, protect and promote their local urban heritage.

Tain's Urban Past

Discover more about the history of Tain and working with Scotland's Urban Past in this blog post by Richard Littlewood.