Activities and Time Line

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Heritage Trust Activities

• The annual heritage exhibition and historic walks are the Trust’s core activites. The exhibitions have been held every year with many varied and changing themes since 1994. The free summer exhibitions have attracted many thousands of visitors from Burntisland itself, from other parts of the UK, and from many other countries.

• In 1998 the Trust set up the Charles wRex Project to search for the wreck of the 'Blessing', King Charles I's baggage ferry which sank off Burntisland in 1633. Much work has been done, including a recent sub-bottom survey in 2013 which validated the presence of remains buried deep in the seabed. Efforts to identify the remains are ongoing.

• The Trust deals with a large number of enquiries on all aspects of Burntisland's heritage. Most of these come from visitors to the annual exhibition, although there is a steady stream all the year round. A large number are now received by e mail. Trust volunteers do their best to answer all these enquiries.

• In 2005, the Trust set up its oral history project, to record for posterity the memories of the older folk in the town. The first phase was completed in 2005, and resulted in the publication of a book based on recorded memories. The project re-commenced in 2006, and further interviews are currently being carried out.

* The Trust was the lead organisation in the Kirkton Church and Graveyard restoration project, which began in 2014 and was completed in 2018.

• The Trust maintains a comprehensive database and indexing project with details of all its heritage information relating to Burntisland and its people.

• The Trust has a significant educational role. It has close links with Burntisland Primary School, which has benefited from the Trust's donations of various educational materials and from talks by the Trust's Convener. School parties are shown round the Trust's exhibitions. The Convener also gives frequent talks to a variety of other groups. The Trust has been closely involved in educational projects run by the local Development Trust and Rotary Club. The Trust also has close links with the Museum of Communication, Burntisland.

• The Trust has produced and published a number of books and DVDs.

Heritage Trust Time Line

1993 - Burntisland Community Council established the Burntisland Heritage Group to support the search for King Charles I's baggage ferry the 'Blessing', which sank off Burntisland in 1633.

1994-98 - Summer heritage exhibitions held in the Burgh Chambers.

1997 - Project team formed by the heritage group for the search for the baggage ferry, the 'Blessing'.

1999 - Burntisland Heritage Trust formally established as a registered charity.

1999 to date - Guided town heritage walks from 4 Kirkgate in June and July.

1999 - Exhibition: The Search for the King Charles Baggage Ferry The 'Blessing'.

2000 - Exhibition: Shipwrecks of the Forth and the Search for the King Charles Baggage Ferry 'The Blessing'.

2000 - 'Dishes to Dive For’, a celebrity recipe book, published as a fundraiser for shipwreck project.

2001 - The video 'Burntisland’s Blessings’ is produced (now re-mastered as a DVD).

2001 - Exhibition: Burntisland Parish Church and the King James Bible.

2002 - Exhibition: Highland Games.

2003 - Exhibition (traditional).

2004 - 'Burntisland: Port of Grace’ published.

2004 - Exhibition: Postcards.

2005 - Oral history project (ongoing) and publication of 'Burntisland Voices’.

2005 - 'Burntisland Fallen 1939-1945’ booklet published.

2005 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland Now and Then' (contemporary photography by Allan Hutchison).

2006 - Exhibition: 'The Growth of Burntisland’.

2007 - Data indexing project commences (ongoing).

2007 - 'Burntisland Fallen 1914-1919’ booklet published.

2007 - Exhibition: 'Schooldays - the story of schooling in Burntisland from the 17th century to the present' (part 1).

2007 - Commemorative plaque for David Danskin.

2008 - Commemorative plaque for William Bald.

2008 - Exhibition: 'Schooldays - the story of schooling in Burntisland from the 17th century to the present' (part 2).

2008 - Heritage trails leaflet produced and Outer Heritage Trail walks introduced.

2009 - Exhibition: 'Old Burntisland Industries, Businesses and Families'.

2009 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland 1883' railway models.

2009 - 'Burntisland: A Social History’ published.

2009 - Commemorative street panels for 'Burntisland’s People’ and 'Kings, Queens and Cromwell'.

2010 - Exhibition: 'Mary Somerville: Reach for the Stars' and 'Burntisland’s People'.

2010 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland 1883' (railway models).

2011 - Exhibition: 'Changing Landscapes’.

2011 - 'Burntisland Now and Then’ DVD produced.

2012 - Exhibition: 'A Scottish Fair and the Other Works of Andrew Young’.

2013 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland at Play’.

2013 - Scanning of Erskine Church records; shipwreck seabed survey.

2014 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland and the Forth in Conflict’.

2014-18 - Kirkton Church and Graveyard restoration project.

2015 - Exhibition: 'Crossing the Forth'.

2016 - Exhibition: 'Our Natural Heritage'.

2017 - Exhibition: 'Burntisland's Gifts and Treasures'.

2018 - Exhibition: '25th Anniversary Exhibition'.

Ian Archibald
Convener, Burntisland Heritage Trust
March 2018

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