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.

Where's the Minecraft then?

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.

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

Community event set to shine spotlight on Oban’s heritage

Press release, Tuesday 13 September 2016: Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference comes to Oban.

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.

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.