News & blog

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Urban Detectives sought to record a tiny piece of Scotland’s history

Press release, Wednesday 13 April 2016: Scotland’s Urban Past are recruiting heritage lovers to investigate and record tiny urban buildings across the country

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.

Hatching an Apple!

What to do with a tiny building - exploring "non-destructive" hatch options for a retailing police box in Juniper Green, Edinburgh

Rainbow cities: celebrating LGBTIQ+ community heritage

Share your LGBTIQ+ experiences, stories and histories with Scotland's Urban Past as part of LGBT History Month 2016

Happy Birthday Scotland's Urban Past!

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

Nominations open for My Place Awards 2016

Press release, Thursday 3 December 2015: The search is on to find Scotland's best civic project and civic champion for 2015!

Launch of the Festival of Architecture 2016

Press release, Wednesday 2 December 2015: The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland launches a year-long festival celebrating the best of Scottish architecture.

Skin & Stone: Tattoos & Tombstones with Dig It! 2015

On Thursday 29 October, Youth Forum members volunteered with a Dig It! 2015 event in Edinburgh. Read more in this blog post by Sami Binnie.

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.

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2015 winners announced

Press release, Friday 29 September 2015: Scotland’s first ‘Heritage Angels’ have been named at an inaugural awards ceremony.

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