Abbeys, alleys and augmented reality: stories of urban Scotland


29 April 2019
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A new touring exhibition will tell the story of the nation, uncovering some of the best-kept secrets in our towns and cities.

A new touring exhibition will tell the story of the nation, uncovering some of the best-kept secrets in our towns and cities.

Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland is a new project from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) based on five years of community heritage projects with sixty groups.

Community groups have delved in to everything from bringing to life a community garden amidst the ruins of a long-gone castle in Granton, creating postcards and bus tours of Glasgow to celebrate the Down’s Syndrome World Congress, adding the first ever skate park to the National Record of the Historic Environment, and discovering rare surviving Second World War remains around Lerwick.

These projects are showcased through state of the art virtual and augmented reality, film, photos taken by the public, community maps and original artwork.

Visit Past Forward

Past Forward will tour to four venues and will play host to a series of workshops throughout its run. These will share skills in creating community maps, using Minecraft in heritage education, interpreting aerial photography, surveying and recording, research skills, book readings and creative writing workshops.

SUP Project Manager Chiara Ronchini said: “Over the past five years we have travelled the length and breadth of the country, working with schools and adult groups from all walks of life to help bring alive the history they find in their neighbourhoods.

Past Forward is bringing all of their experiences together, celebrating what they’ve unearthed and what they’ve achieved in discovering their past.”

Past Forward opens on 4 May and runs until 27 August 2019.

4-31 May: Summerhall, Edinburgh

4-19 June: Creative Academy, Inverness

29 June-27 July: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

2-27 August: Southblock, Glasgow

The exhibition showcases the work facilitated by Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), an HES community engagement project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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(report and image courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland)