Burntisland Heritage Trust
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In1993, 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 Trustís 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 nine Trustees. They are Ian Archibald, John Burnett, David Caldwell, 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; and Trustee Aneris Grant on 8 December 2020 at the age of 92.)
Please click here to see a summary of the Trust's activities and associated time line from 1993 to 2019. The activities include the search for King Charles I's baggage ferry, the 'Blessing', which sank off Burntisland in 1633.
To get in touch with the Trust, please see the contact page.
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).
Iain became a Trustee of Burntisland Heritage Trust in 2003. In 2010, as the Heritage Trust did not have a significant online presence, he created a self contained section for the Trust within the website (which was then called Burntisland.Net) to be the official online presence of the Trust.
In the early years, the website hosted pages for the Community Council, the Burgh Buzz, and other local organisations dealing with current issues. Such organisations now have their own websites and/or Facebook pages, so this website's main focus became more on local history and reference material. In 2018, Iain Sommerville offered to convert the website into the official website for Burntisland Heritage Trust and to transfer ownership of the website to the Trust. This offer was accepted. The conversion and transfer were completed in July 2018. Iain Sommerville was appointed Website Manager and the site was re-launched on 16 July 2018. The website will remain at www.burntisland.net for the time being.
Our aims with the website are to have quality content which is well organised, and for the site to be easy to navigate and fast loading. There will be no commercial advertising.
design, testing, and known problems:
Website display: One of the easiest ways to change the way a webpage is displayed is to use the browser's 'Zoom' setting. This can be found on the 'View' menu of Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is the easiest way to change the size of the text.
Bookmarking pages: This site uses frames, and the usual method of bookmarking individual pages may not work (except with Internet Explorer). If you are viewing a page, and the main menu is displayed on the left hand side of the screen, you can create a bookmark, but it will only be for the main menu and the home page. If you are viewing a page, and the main menu is NOT displayed on the left hand side of the screen, you can bookmark that page in the normal way.
you have problems with the website:
Webpage by Iain Sommerville; Help on bookmarking this page.