Heritage Trust

Burgh seal

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

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Please see below for:
2017 Heritage Exhibition and Guided Historical Walks

Other Activities

Appeal for Old Photos
Background to the Trust

Links to other Heritage Trust Pages:
Activities and Timeline 1993-2016
Commemoration Panels

Heritage Trails Leaflet

Publications for Sale
David Danskin Commemoration Plaque
William Bald Commemoration Plaque
Burntisland 1883 - Exhibition of Models
Erskine Church - Kirk Session Records

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

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


Annual Heritage Exhibition and Guided Historical Walks in 2017

There will be one final opportunity to see the 2017 exhibition (see below) on Central Fife Doors Open Day - 10 September, from 11.00am to 4.00pm. The town's historic Burgh Chambers will also be open to visitors at the same time, with Heritage Trust volunteers on duty to answer questions.

Burntisland Heritage Trust's summer exhibition theme in 2017 is ‘Burntisland’s Gifts and Treasures’. Over the past 24 years the trust has been fortunate to have been gifted large collections of photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, maps and scrapbooks. Many of these will be on display in this year’s exhibition.

Burntisland is also very privileged in having more than its fair share of prized possessions and lost riches, from the town’s priceless historic churches to the story behind the lost treasure of King Charles I. All of these, and much more, reveal and illustrate in this informative display what the town has to offer from its fascinating past to the present day. The exhibition poster is shown on the 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 (on most walks) 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. 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).

Other Activities

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.

Presentations - the Trust's Convenor regularly undertakes talks on the following subjects:
• Burntisland's Heritage;
• Shipwrecks and Protected Wrecks of the Forth (includes the sinking of King Charles I baggage ferry the 'Blessing' in 1633);
• 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.

Recent Heritage Trust projects have included the erection of two comprehensive commemoration panels in the town; and the publication of a new book, 'Burntisland: A Social History'. The Trust has 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.

The Trust is responsible for the search for King Charles I's baggage ferry, the 'Blessing', which sank off Burntisland in 1633.

Please click here to see a summary of the Trust's activities and associated time line from 1993 to 2014.

For more information on the search for the 'Blessing' and on the Trust's other activities, please (or contact via webmaster).

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.

Background to Burntisland Heritage Trust

In 1993, Burntisland Community Council established the Burntisland Heritage Group. In 1998, the Community Council decided to formalise the structure of the group, and Burntisland Heritage Trust was established. The Trust’s activities are governed by a Deed of Trust, which was registered in 1998. The Trust is a registered charity (Scottish Charity reference SC 028539).

The Trustees form the principal governing body of the Trust. There are ten Trustees. They are Ian Archibald, John Burnett, David Caldwell, Aneris Grant, Alexander Kilgour, Helen Mabon, Alexander MacDonald, George McLauchlan, David Plant and Iain Sommerville. All are volunteers. (Trustee James Wilson passed away on 23 February 2014 at the age of 98.)

Correspondence for theTrust should be addressed to The Secretary, Burntisland Heritage Trust, 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 9DB.

The Friends of Burntisland Heritage Trust are a volunteer group formed in 1999. In addition to assisting with the summer exhibitions, notably staffing, they raise funds, which go directly to the work of the Trust. A major fundraising project was the publication of a celebrity recipe book in 2000 (now sold out).

In the photo below, the Trust's volunteers gather in the Burgh Chambers in July 2005 to celebrate the launch of the book 'Burntisland Voices' and also the 90th birthday of Trustee James (Jimmy) Wilson (fifth from left).

Launch of 'Burntisland Voices'

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