Community learning

Some of the most exciting learning happens in our neighbourhoods, our homes, our workplaces – the places we get together outside of formal education. Scotland’s Urban Past can provide you with opportunities to learn about your heritage at any stage of life.

Community-based groups that are interested in discovering more about Scotland’s towns and cities can share, grow and lead their project ideas with Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP).

Community-based groups that we work with include:

  • housing associations
  • adult learning groups
  • health projects
  • green and environmental initiatives
  • history groups
  • intergenerational projects
  • voluntary organisations
  • art, sport or leisure societies
  • and many more.

If you are interested in creating an SUP project but are not part of a community-based group at the moment, our resources on creating a community-based group might help you. You can also join our blogging community to find out whether you can join an existing group.

If you have an idea for a project

Get in touch with us and we will discuss the possibilities for your community project.

When you’re ready, we will ask you to answer a few questions on your SUP idea and we will discuss how we are able to support you. While we may not be able to support every project, we can provide you with essential resources to get started or suggest another organisation that can provide expert advice as locally as possible.

If you are starting a project

You decide what to work towards, what time you can commit to the project and what kind of training and support you’d like from us. In some cases, local professionals might support you. We encourage this collaboration on SUP projects, as long as your group are leading it.

If you'd like training to help you

We can provide training workshops to suit your project aims and availability.

Workshops can last from a couple of hours to a whole day or two. We might visit a number of times, depending on your needs, or refer you to some other sources of help.

Here are some of our typical training workshops:

  • how to plan and manage your project
  • promoting your project
  • surveying and recording buildings
  • researching historical documents
  • historical maps
  • digital mapping
  • oral history recording
  • illustration
If you need resources

Take a look at our range of resources for inspiration and practical guidance.

If you need support

We’re available over the phone, through email or even face to face to provide support as you need it during the course of your project.

If you want to share your learning experiences

With our help, you’ll work towards the final results. You can share these with others online and sometimes in person at our events. We also hope you’ll blog on our website, present and talk about what you’ve done at one of our Community Gatherings, and inspire others.

To discuss all the opportunities for community learning that we offer, contact our Audience Development Officer, Carol Stobie, at