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.

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The Director of The Ridge, Kate Darrah, writes about SUP's work at Black Bull Close and the Backlands
Frances Mann tells tale of urban beasties, making ghosts and ghouls the least of your worries
Historic Environment Scotland's Alex Adamson tells us two tales from Linlithgow's dark underbelly
SUP's Frances Mann takes us through the final part of her series on the dark underbelly of classic urban locations
Danny Dutton takes us through the (not so) bloody discoveries at Christies Bar in Perth
SUP's Frances Mann takes us through Part II of her series on the dark underbelly of classic urban locations
SUP's Frances Mann takes us through the eerie history of some of Scotland's well known buildings and places
SUP Learning Officer Fiona talks about our time in Lerwick Shetland, working with two local heritage groups.
The National Library of Scotland's Laragh Quinney tells us about using NLS Maps online.
Historic Environment Scotland's Alistair Wilkie talks to us about MapAction, the humanitarian mapping charity.
Joining the 'STAR Striders' walking group as they build connections, enjoy their local assets and some good company along the way; building a safer, more connected and resilient community.
In early March SUP spent two days working with Primary and Secondary School Pupils in the leafy grounds of Lews Castle, Isle of Lewis, in partnership with Museum nan Eilean.
Record, research and share your LGBT+ places in Scotland during LGBT History Month 2017!
We had an excellent session with Scotland’s Urban Past and Steven from Immersive Mind yesterday. We are working together to create a map of medieval Dunfermline using the computer game Minecraft, which many of our members are already avid fans of!
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.
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.