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.
To celebrate Burntisland Civic Week a guided evening historic walk will take place on Wednesday 20th June at 7.00pm, meeting at the Heritage Centre at 4 Kirkgate.
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.
[UPDATED 19 MAY 2018] In addition the Heritage Trust offers free guided walks of the town's outer heritage trail every month from June to September. In June, as part of the Civic Week programme, the walk will take place on Saturday 23rd June. The meeting place is the Heritage Centre at 4 Kirkgate for an 11.00am start. From July to September, the walk will take place on the last Friday of the month, meeting at the Heritage Centre 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.
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).
To further celebrate our 25th anniversary, plans are now in progress to bring 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 11 metres (approximately 36 feet) … a definite must see.
the Trust's Convenor regularly undertakes talks on the following subjects:
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 2018.
For more information on the search for the 'Blessing' and on the Trust's other activities, please (or contact via webmaster).
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.
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).
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