• 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 to present - Project team formed by heritage group for the search for the baggage ferry, 'The Blessing'
1999 - Burntisland Heritage Trust formally established as a registered charity
1999 to present - Summer Heritage exhibitions held at 4 Kirkgate. Burntisland
1999 to present - Guided town heritage walks from 4 Kirkgate in June and July
1999 - The Search for the King Charles Baggage Ferry ‘The Blessing ' - Exhibition
2000 - Shipwrecks of the Forth and the Search for the King Charles Baggage Ferry- Exhibition
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 - Burntisland Parish Church and the King James Bible- Exhibition
2002 - Highland Games Exhibition
2003 - Traditional Exhibition
2004 - ‘Burntisland: Port of Grace’ published
2004 - Postcards Exhibition
2005 - Oral history project (ongoing) and publication of ‘Burntisland Voices’
2005 - ‘Burntisland Fallen 1939-1945’ booklet published
2005 - Burntisland Now and Then - A Contemporary Photographic Exhibition by Allan Hutchison
2006 - ‘The Growth of Burntisland’ Exhibition
2007 - Data indexing project commences (ongoing)
2007 - ‘Burntisland Fallen 1914 -1919’ booklet published
2007 - Schooldays – the story of schooling in Burntisland from 17thc to present day – Pt.1 Exhibition
2008 - Schooldays –the story of schooling in Burntisland from 17thc to present day – Pt.2 Exhibition
2008 - Heritage trail leaflet produced and Outer Heritage Trail walks introduced
2008-10 - Commemorative Plaques for ‘Burntisland’s People’; Kings, Queens and Cromwell; David Danskin and William Bald
2008 - ‘Burntisland: A Social History’ published
2009 - Old Burntisland Industries, Businesses and Families Exhibition
2009 - Burntisland 1883 Railway Exhibition
2010 - ‘Mary Somerville: Reach for the Stars and Burntisland’s People’ Exhibition
2011 - ‘Changing Landscapes’ Exhibition
2011 - ‘Burntisland Now and Then’ DVD produced
2012 - ‘A Scottish Fair and the other works of Andrew Young’ Exhibition
2013 - ‘Burntisland at Play’ Exhibition
2013 - Scanning of Erskine Church records
2014 - Shipwreck seabed survey
2014-18 - Kirkton Church Restoration project
2014 - ‘Burntisland and the Forth in Conflict’ Exhibition
2014 - Shipwreck seabed survey confirms scientific evidence of buried wooden wreck
2015-16 - Interpretation panels update and finger post signage
2015 - ‘Crossing the Forth’ Exhibition
2016 - ‘Our Natural Heritage’ Exhibition
2017 - ‘Burntisland’s Gifts and Treasures’ Exhibition
2018 - ‘25th Anniversary Exhibition’ and ‘Burntisland 1883’ Exhibition
2019 - ‘Island Jewels of the Forth’ Exhibition
2019-20 - Common Good paintings restoration project
2020 - Introduction of Burntisland Heritage Trust YouTube Channel
2020 - Restoration of red telephone kiosk with Burntisland time line (completion Dec 2020)
2020 - Partnership with British Transport Trust for ‘Red Wheel’ plaque at Burntisland station buildings
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