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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Heritage Exhibition          Guided Walks          Other Activities          Appeal for Old Photos

    
          Heritage Exhibition

The 2019 exhibition has ended. Details of the 2020 exhibition will appear here as soon as they have been finalised.

  2019 Guided Historical Walks

INNER HERITAGE TRAIL. The 2019 programme of free guided historical walks round the inner heritage trail has ended.

OUTER HERITAGE TRAIL. The final walk in this year's series of free guided walks will take place on Friday 27 September 2019, meeting at the Heritage Centre, 4 Kirkgate, at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. The walk takes about three hours and includes a climb to the summit of the Binn. Walkers should be reasonably fit, and wear stout footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Participants are advised to bring along a snack and a drink. Please click here for more information.

All guided walks are undertaken at walker's own risk.

For more information on the exhibitions and walks, please contact the Convenor of Burntisland Heritage Trust, Ian Archibald (telephone 01592 873557 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 Man Who Told the Truth: The story of the Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae who discovered the missing link to the North West Passage and is arguably the greatest of all Arctic Explorers.
* The Vasa Story: The mighty warship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628 after sailing for only two hours. After 333 years on the sea bed the warship was salvaged and the voyage continues today as the Vasa is the only intact preserved 17th century ship in the world and is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
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 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 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.

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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