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Our summer 2022 exhibition ‘Maritime Matters’ was viewed by more than 800 visitors throughout July and August with lots of positive feedback. The maritime theme will continue in the summer of 2023 with an extensive illustrated exhibition on Burntisland Shipyard. The displays are a continuation of exhibitions which have been bringing the community together - attracting many visitors from the town, region, country and overseas for more than two decades.
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 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. The conservation treatment of all three ("The Bridge of Life", "The Magistrates’ 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.
Other Heritage Trust Activities
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).
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 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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