Welcome to Burntisland Heritage Trust
 

The aim of the Trust is to protect and promote
all aspects of Burntisland's heritage.

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(Regular visitors to this website will see some changes. It is now the official website of Burntisland Heritage Trust, and is owned by the Trust. All the information previously available is still here, but there has been a significant reorganisation. More information.)


Exhibition: "Reach for the Stars"
2019 - 15, 20, 21, 22 June only

Exhibition: "Island Jewels of the Forth"
2019 - 26 June to 31 August

2019 Guided Historical Walks

Other Activities

Appeal for Old Photos

Kirkton Church Conservation Project
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Exhibition: "Reach for the Stars"
(Mary Somerville)
2019 - 15, 20, 21, 22 June only

     Burntisland Heritage Civic Week Exhibition: "Reach for the Stars: The Life and Times of Mary Somerville". Mary Somerville was the queen of 19th century science and her permanent childhood home was in Burntisland.
     Please note that this exhibition runs for only four days, during Burntisland Civic Week. Opening days and times are: Saturday 15th June, Thursday 20th June, Friday 21st June, and Saturday 22nd June; on all days from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is free.
     In addition to seeing the exhibition, you can browse a large collection of scrapbooks and other material, and view a selection of DVDs.
     The venue is Burntisland Heritage Trust, 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland; telephone number 01592 872121.

 

Exhibition: "Island Jewels of the Forth"
2019 - 26 June to 31 August

     Burntisland Heritage Trust Summer Exhibition: "Island Jewels of the Forth" - an island hopping tour which shines a spotlight on the now mainly deserted islands of the outer Firth of Forth from the Bass Rock at the mouth of the Forth westwards to the iconic Forth Bridges. The exhibition examines their character and rich natural heritage, and tells a few tales that deserve to be better known.
     The exhibition runs from 26th June to 31st August. Opening days and times are: Wednesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is free.
     In addition to seeing the exhibition, you can browse a large collection of scrapbooks and other material, and view a selection of DVDs.
     The venue is Burntisland Heritage Trust, 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland; telephone number 01592 872121.

  
  2019 Guided Historical Walks

Details of the walks in 2019 will appear here as soon as they have been finalised.

For more information on the exhibitions and walks, please contact the Convener of Burntisland Heritage Trust, Ian Archibald (telephone 01592 872121 or ) (or contact via webmaster).

Other Activities

Presentations - the Trust's Convenor regularly undertakes talks on the following subjects:
* Burntisland's Gifts and Treasures
* The Search for the Lost Treasure of King Charles I
* Shipwrecks of the Forth and Beyond
* Island Jewels of the Forth
* Mary Somerville
* A Revolution in Mapping: History of the Ordnance Survey
The presentations are undertaken specifically to raise funds for the work of Burntisland Heritage Trust and a donation to the trust is always appreciated. Please contact Ian Archibald on 01592 873557.

The Trust has produced a number of books and publications, most of which are still available - please see our 'Publications for Sale' page and our 'Heritage Trails Leaflet' page.

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 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.

Please click here to see a summary of the Trust's activities and associated time line from 1993 to 2019. The activities include the search for King Charles I's baggage ferry, the 'Blessing', which sank off Burntisland in 1633.

Appeal for Old Photos

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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