News & blog

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.

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

The hospital records telling women's stories

This post for Women's History Week by guest blogger Laura Stevens focuses on the hidden stories of women she discovered while digitising records of mental-health institutions in Scotland.

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.

Hatching an Apple!

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

Memories of Alva: 1954 to 1981

Guest blogger Jim Mylles reflects on his memories of Alva.

Rosyth's young cartographers

On Thursday 21 January 2016, Youth Forum member Georgia Vullinghs joined the Scotland's Urban Past team at schools in Rosyth to deliver education activities and training. Find out more in her blog post.

LGBT History Month: Glass Bucket, Dundee

Guest blogger Bob Cant describes his discovery of gay Dundee in the 1970s.

Made in my Toun comes to St Andrews

This blog post by Alexandra Nicolae, Youth Forum Member, is about the day Made in my Toun, BFI’s Britain on Film archival movie screening project, arrived in the small and quiet town of St Andrews.

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