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Among the many events that were cancelled due to COVID was the Burntisland Heritage 2020 Summer Exhibition (see below). However not to disappoint the many visitors – local, national and international – who attend and for those who might be suffering “cabin fever” during this lockdown BHT considered how to make some of its resources available. The result was a channel on YouTube on which were posted a number of videos.
There is a wide and varied selection. A list of these can be found here. All of them show some of Burntisland’s 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.
In 2021 Burntisland Heritage will be presenting an extensive illustrated exhibition showing the town and surrounding area from earlier times to the present day. The exhibition will comprise a variety of over 100 images displaying the town's rich built, social, industrial and natural heritage.
Our programme of guided walks round the inner and outer heritage trails is also 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. A more recent project was the conversion in 2021 of the old red phone box, outside the Public Library in the High Street, so that it now displays 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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