Brechiners urged to take part Scotland’s Urban Past project

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Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), a five-year project to put history in the hands of local communities, wants to hear from people in Angus and Dundee.

The nationwide project is calling for groups and individuals of all ages to discover and share the fascinating stories of Scotland’s towns and cities through community-led projects.

A dedicated team from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and Historic Scotland will provide 1500 people with hands-on training in historical research, using archives and how to record Scotland’s ever evolving built environment through drawing and photography.

SUP will culminate in a national exhibition in 2019, showcasing the achievements of 60 community-led projects and celebrating Scotland’s towns and cities.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland’s urban areas are full of incredible stories to be recorded and celebrated.

“Scotland’s Urban Past will give people of all ages the tools and inspiration they need to start recording and sharing the history of their local area.

“From buildings and streets to the story of an entire city, it will create a detailed and accessible history of our urban heritage by the people who live within it, which will be an incredibly rich asset for all of us.

“Taking place over the next five years, it will be a flagship project for the new lead body for the historic environment, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which will come into effect in October with the coming together of Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.

“I’d urge communities across the country to get involved and be part of telling their own and Scotland’s wider urban story.”

SUP is supported by a £1.65m Heritage Lottery Fund grant and will help communities in bringing their project ideas to fruition by providing training, access to resources and on-going support.

For further information on how to get involved please visit www.scotlandsurbanpast.org.uk.