Ayr Academy, 7 Fort St, Ayr KA7 1HX
Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference celebrates public archaeology, showcases community-led projects across Scotland and supports people as they explore their connection to the past. The event is open to anyone with an interest in history, heritage or archaeology, and includes excellent talks, interactive workshops, inspirational displays and stimulating networking opportunities.
Volunteers who protect and promote our heritage, such as the Friends of St John’s Tower, Friends of the Prestwick Seafront and the Friends of Dundonald Castle will share their stories, struggles and expertise, and invite the audience to join the conversation.
Attendees can become an Urban Detective, step into the world of fundraising, find out what happened at Ardrossan’s Castle Carnival, learn how to “Adopt-a-Monument” and more!
Tickets are priced at £10, including a light lunch and refreshments.
Comments from previous participants at the conference include:
"… the variety of projects and the combined energy is a huge force for good. It was refreshing to have a programme that did not consist solely of formal presentations."
“We had a great time, networking, learning and experiencing all the different aspects of community involvements.”
To give a short poster talk, a One Minute Mayhem, or to book a display table, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further Community Heritage Conferences will take place in Oban in September and Aberdeen in November.
Registration and Coffee
Session One: 10.00 – 11.50
Chair: Kevin Grant, Historic Environment Scotland
Eve Boyle, Historic Environment Scotland
Tom Rees, Rathmell Archaeology, Kilwinning
As founder of Rathmell Archaeology Limited, who have completed community archaeology projects throughout Ayrshire, Tom will open the conference by introducing the organisations who are bringing people together to unlock Ayrshire’s full heritage potential.
St John’s Tower, Ayr
In 2001, local residents banded together to take this landmark under their wing and have since produced a short film with Scotland’s Urban Past to improve public awareness and grow community pride.
Abbot House, Dunfermline
Spurred on by the closure of one of the oldest buildings in Dunfermline, the local community set out to investigate and map its history, as well as produce a short film with Scotland’s Urban Past.
I Youth Zone (Greenock)
If the streets can speak
Adopt-a-Monument has been working with Greenock's I Youth Zone to investigate their old post office on Nicolson Street (where the Zone is based) and Greenock's other fascinating sites and monuments.
One Minute Mayhem
Presenters from across Scotland will race against the clock to share the inspirational stories behind their heritage project. Sign up slots will be available on the day!
12.00 - 14.10
Lunch, Workshops and Displays
Buffet lunch will be available. Please take time to explore the many projects, groups and organisations displaying their achievements in the main hall.
12.40 - 14.00
Buffet lunch will be available and is included in the price of your ticket. Please take time to explore the many projects, groups and organisations displaying their achievements in the main hall.
Workshops A & B will be held in Ayr Academy.
Workshop C will be held in the Computing Suite of the Carnegie Library, a 10 minute walk from Ayr Academy. Numbers for Workshop C are limited, so please book your place at the Conference Registration desk.
Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is the first fully co-ordinated sector specific training and network strengthening programme to provide Scotland’s diverse heritage sector with the vital tools it needs to increase funds from private sources. This session will give you a basic introduction to fundraising and point you in the right direction.
Scotland's Urban Past provides free training, support and resources to people of all ages to help them discover and share the fascinating stories of Scotland’s towns and cities. During this session, attendees can become ‘Urban Detectives’ by learning how to contribute to Scotland’s online record of architecture, archaeology and industry.
Session Two: 14.10 - 15.00
Chair: Robin Turner, Historic Environment Scotland
Friends of Ardrossan Castle
While working to preserve and develop this medieval site, this ambitious group has been making headlines for their Castle Carnival and £53000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund
Friends of Dundonald Castle
Dundonald Castle has transformed from a forgotten and neglected ruin into one of Ayrshire’s must-see visitor attractions and focus for the local community thanks to this enthusiastic local charity
15.00 - 15.30
Tea, Coffee, and Displays
Session Three: 15.30 - 16.50
Chair: Robin Turner, Historic Environment Scotland
Jo Hambly (The SCAPE Trust) and the Friends of Prestwick Seafront
A future for Prestwick Salt Pans
How can we help secure the future of the best-preserved salt pan buildings in the country? This session will invite the whole conference to help the Friends of Prestwick Seafront develop project ideas to conserve and promote this nationally important monument.
Jo Hambly (The SCAPE Trust) will offer an overview of the Scottish salt industry, and demonstrate SCAPE’s 3D visualisation of the pans at Brora; and the Friends of Prestwick Seafront will introduce the issues surrounding the Prestwick site. We will then all divide into groups to discuss potential ways forward, coming together at the end to compare results. This is a truly exciting and innovative way for each of us to make a positive contribution to caring for Scotland’s Built Heritage!
Tour of Loudoun Hall by Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference is organised by a partnership of several organisations: Archaeology Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Scotland's Urban Past, the SCAPE Trust, Dig It! 2017 and Northlight Heritage.