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May 15, 2019

Community heritage shapes us all

Community heritage may be difficult to define in precise terms but what is self-evident is that in Scotland we have it in spades. Whether it is the tangible stuff – the buildings and all the artefacts that tell our collective histories or whether it’s the intangible – the folklore, songs, traditions and stories – it is our local heritage that largely provides us with our sense of place, identity and belonging. Is there a community anywhere without some kind of heritage group? A new network, the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance is starting to find its feet.


Community Heritage Workshops – talking our way around Scotland 

Twelve discussion days are being held around Scotland in 2019 for people who are involved with heritage in their communities in any way. You might be a volunteer, someone managing a heritage site, or perhaps running a business – or just interested and actively involved.

We will be talking about a potential new national network for community heritage. How might it work, and how might it meet your needs and wants?

What you tell us will directly influence what happens in the future, so come and join in the conversation.

The workshops are free to attend, and there will be plenty of tea and biscuits – but please bring your own lunch! Not providing lunch has enabled us to reach more communities.

All events start at 10.30am and finish at 4pm *except for Leverburgh which is an hour later to fit ferry times.

The research workshop tour is organised by the University of St Andrews together with the National Library of Scotland and Ergadia Museums and Heritage, and working closing with the grass-roots led Scottish Community Heritage Alliance.

The project is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The schedule is as follows. Click here for tickets to all events.

Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow – 15th May

Peter Pan Moat Brae, Dumfries – 17th May

Strathpeffer Community Centre, Strathpeffer – 31st May

Timespan, Helmsdale – 4th June

Garioch Heritage Centre, inverurie – 7th June

Blairgowrie Town Hall, Blairgowrie – 8th June

Voe Hall, Shetland – 29th June

Kyle Village Hall, Kyle of Lochalsh – 18th September

Nevis Centre, Fort William – 19th September

Kilmartin Church, Kilmartin – 20th September

Eyemouth Hippodrome, Eyemouth – 11th October

Leverburgh Hall, Isle of Harris – 25th October * starts 11.30am, ends 5pm