News & blog

All the latest news about Scotland’s Urban Past, our upcoming events and project updates.

We regularly update this page with the news from Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), the latest findings from our community projects, information about our upcoming events and guest blog posts from our online community of Urban Detectives.

You can also become a guest blogger yourself.

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.
Press release, Monday 19 September 2016: Public invited to see ‘the Edinburgh that never was’ as part of Doors Open Days.
Press release Thursday 15 September 2016: Shortlist for second annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards announced
Press release, Tuesday 13 September 2016: Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference comes to Oban.
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.
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.
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.
Press release, Friday 10 June 2016: Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016 open for entries.
Press release, Wednesday 18 May 2016: New community-curated exhibition marks centenary of the 'Garden City'.
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.
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.
Guest blogger John Martin, Chair of the Scottish Brewing Archive Association, introduces us to the history of brewing in Scotland.
This blog post by Urban Detective Hetty Lancaster explores the big stories behind little signal boxes.
In this guest blog post, Evan Taylor - restaurant manager turned Urban Detective - shares the story of 57A Frederick Street and its hidden 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
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.
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.
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.
Guest blogger Jaime Valentine describes the LGBT heritage activities and resources of the OurStory Scotland project.
What to do with a tiny building - exploring "non-destructive" hatch options for a retailing police box in Juniper Green, Edinburgh
Guest blogger Jim Mylles reflects on his memories of Alva.