Welcome to Burntisland Heritage Trust

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

Burgh seal

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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.)

Please see below for:

2018 Heritage Exhibition and Guided Historical Walks
Model Railway Exhibition
Other Activities
Appeal for Old Photos

 Link to the website for the BHT led Kirkton Church Conservation Project (opens in a new tab or window):
Kirkton Church Conservation Project

Heritage Trust volunteers with their new banner, 3 June 2017.

Annual Heritage Exhibition and Guided Historical Walks in 2018

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of our summer exhibitions. The first of these was held in the Burgh Chambers in 1994 and have continued every year with changing themes since 1999 at the centre at 4 Kirkgate. Given the success of the 2017 exhibition ‘Burntisland’s Gifts and Treasures’ the intention is to build on this and select material from each of the 25 exhibitions illustrating the huge diversity of the town’s rich history and heritage. The exhibition will also celebrate two and a half decades of projects and publications. This will include and showcase the Kirkton Church restoration and conservation project. After years of disuse the ruins of Kirkton Church and old churchyard were reopened to the public in March 2018. The exhibition poster is shown below right.

The 10 week exhibition will run from 17th June to 26th August inclusive, and will be open on Wednesdays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

The exhibition is housed at Burntisland Heritage Centre, 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland (just round the corner from the main door of the Burgh Chambers in the High Street). Also available for viewing and browsing are videos and large collections of other types of historical material relating to the town's fascinating history. Admission is free.

The Trust's free guided historical walk round the inner heritage trail will take place every Wednesday in July and every Wednesday in August at 2.00pm. The meeting place is the Heritage Centre at 4 Kirkgate. The walk takes about two hours and includes visits to the Parish Church, the Burgh Chambers, and (by special arrangement) Rossend Castle.

In addition the Heritage Trust offers free guided walks of the town's outer heritage trail every last Friday of the month from May to September - except for June, when the walk will take place on Friday 22 June. The meeting place is the Heritage Centre at 4 Kirkgate - 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.

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

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

Model Railway Exhibition
October 2018

To further celebrate our 25th anniversary, we will be bringing the national award winning Burntisland 1883 model railway exhibition back to the town in October 2018. The model which shows the station and docks as they were in 1883 was last on display in our Upper Library Hall seven years ago. It has since been expanded to include the former Round House and stretches 13 metres (approximately 43 feet) - a definite must see. The model will be on display in the Parish Church Hall on Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October. Additional details will be posted here when confirmed.

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 charge normally applies. 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.

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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