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This year we are offering a bumper helping. From Saturday 17th June you can step back in time to the early days of the steamship and to shipbuilding in Kinghorn and Burntisland. The Abden yard of John Key & Sons opened in 1868 and at that time was at the forefront of iron shipbuilding, driven by Kirkcaldy built steam engines. Just as the Kinghorn yard was closing a modern yard was opening at Burntisland. Driven by the demands of WWI and the extraordinary drive of two brilliant brothers. We look at the innovation that saw a yard go from a bare stretch of land to the launch of its first ship within twelve months. Full details of the exhibition are in the poster on the right.
New YouTube Channel
Our new YouTube channel contains a wide and varied selection of videos. A list of these can be found here. All of them show some of Burntislandís rich history and heritage.
Restoration of Paintings
In 2019, the Trust was able to secure funding to allow it to go ahead with the restoration of three important Burntisland paintings, two by Andrew Young and one by S. Humble. The conservation treatment of all three ("The Bridge of Life", "The Magistratesí Seat" and "View of Burntisland from the Lammerlaws") has now been completed. Please click here for more information on the project; and here to see the YouTube video on the project.
Our programme of guided walks round the inner and outer heritage trails is in abeyance because of Covid-19. Details will be posted here when they resume.
the Trust's Convenor regularly undertakes talks on the following
The Trust was the lead organisation in the Kirkton Church restoration project (link opens in a new tab or window).
Heritage Trust projects include the erection of two comprehensive commemoration panels in the town; and an oral history programme, recording the memories of the town's older residents for posterity.
In 2020 the old red phone box outside the Public Library was converted into a Heritage Trust display kiosk. It now shows information about important events in the town's history. Click here for details.
In a joint venture in 2007, Burntisland Heritage Trust and the Arsenal Scotland Supporters Club erected a plaque to commemorate David Danskin, the founder and first captain of Arsenal Football Club - please see the David Danskin Commemoration Plaque page. In a similar venture in 2008, the Trust joined with the Institution of Civil Engineers to erect a plaque to commemorate William Bald, the pioneering 19th century cartographer, surveyor and civil engineer - please see the William Bald Commemoration Plaque page.
In 2013, Burntisland Heritage Trust was given permission to digitally copy the Erskine Church's older Kirk Session records and all of its newsletters to add to the Trust's local collections. Please click here for full details.
The Trust's activities include the search for King Charles I's baggage ferry, the 'Blessing', which sank off Burntisland in 1633 - please click here for the search timeline from 1997 to date.
Please click here to see a summary of all the Trust's activities and associated time line from 1993 to 2019.
Burntisland Heritage Trust are always on the lookout for old Burntisland photos - in particular interesting photos from family archives, which might be of workplaces, buildings, streets, shops, sports, people, etc. Please (or use contact page) if you can help.
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