People & Places

People & Places

New images provide snapshot of small town life in Scotland in 70s and 80s

Newly-digitised photographs of small town Scotland in the 1970s and early 80s have been released by Historic Environment Scotland.


Original colour scheme of Antonine Wall revealed

Cutting-edge research carried out on remnants of the Antonine Wall have revealed that parts of the Roman Empire’s most northerly frontier were originally painted in bright reds and vibrant yellows.

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Harry Lauder and Charlie Chaplin made a short film together in Hollywood in 1918. Picture: Roy Export Company Limited

Footage of Charlie Chaplin and Harry Lauder together to be screened at Scotland's oldest cinema

Rarely-seen footage of the celebrated Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder performing alongside Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin is to be screened to the public at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema next month.


Story of ancient Dalriada kingdom to be told at Crinan Canal

The story of “Britain’s most beautiful shortcut” and the ancient coastal kingdom of Dalriada is set to be brought to life thanks to a £1.5 million project to create a new heritage and community hub at the gateway to the historic Crinan Canal in Ardrishaig.

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The spot where the Battle of the Braes was fought on Skye in April 1882. PIC:

OTD 1882: Crofters and police clash at Battle of the Braes

A violent confrontation between police and crofters broke out during a planned mass eviction on the Isle of Skye 136 years ago today.

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In pictures: 10 Scottish locations that should be World Heritage sites

The Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, The Grand Canyon; these are just three of the stunning 1073 UNESCO World Heritage sites being celebrated today as part of The International Day for Monument and Sites.


Medieval handbell among treasures found on Highland island

An early medieval handbell and several graves of senior clan figures are among items recorded by archaeologists on a tiny island in a Highland loch.


Scottish heritage attractions set new visitor record

More than 5 million people have visited Scotland’s heritage attractions in a single year with a new record set by the country’s historic properties.

Ian Young at the controls of one of his miniature steam engines at Ness Islands Railway. PIC: Contributed.

Miniature railway in the Highlands goes up for sale

A much loved miniature railway in the Highlands has gone up for sale.

The Edward VIII post box on Nithsdale Road is now classed as a listed building. PIC:

Rare red post box in Glasgow gets listed building status

A rare red post box on the southside of Glasgow has been given listed building status.

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Buddhist priests at Yongquan Monastery, Drum Mountain, Fuzhou, China. At the time of Thomson's visit about 200 monks lived there. He was intrigued by their robes which he thought resembled the monastic garb of medieval Europe.

Pioneering Scots photographer John Thomson ‘forgotten’ in home city

The work of a pioneering Scottish photographer who is celebrated in the Far East has been “forgotten” in his home city, it has been claimed.

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Calls for Doric to have same status as English and Gaelic

Doric is to be promoted and protected on a new scale in Scotland with a body now set up in Aberdeen to secure the same status for North-East Scots as English and Gaelic.

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In pictures: 1,000 people gather for Culloden anniversary

Around 1,000 people gathered at Culloden to mark the 272nd anniversary of the battle.

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9 eerily deserted islands of Scotland

Many of Scotland’s 790 islands now lie uninhabited - save for wildlife - but a handful were once thriving communities.


10 facts about the Battle of Culloden you might not now

The Battle of Culloden, on 16 April 1746 was one of Scotland’s most famous conflicts and the climax of a decades-long battle to install the descendants of the House of Stuarts to the British throne.

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The public will be asked to choose a name for the cub. PIC: Contributed.

Sex of polar bear cub at Highland zoo is revealed

The sex of the first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years has finally been revealed.

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“Mass grave of Jacobites” found near Culloden

A mass grave of leading Jacobites killed after the Battle of Culloden may have been found.

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The Royal Yacht Britannia was launched from John Brown & Company at Clydebank. PIC: TSPL.

When the Queen came to the Clyde to launch Britannia

Around 30,000 people gathered dockside at John Brown’s shipyard at Clydebank to watch HMY Britannia take to the water for the first time 65 years ago today.

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The conservation work, coordinated by Historic Environment Scotland, began in October after routine monitoring revealed urgent ceiling repairs were required to the category A listed Georgian building

First Minister’s residence restoration completed at cost of £504k

The restoration of the First Minister’s grade A listed official residence has been completed at a cost of £504,216 to the taxpayer.

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The Floating Head was one of many pieces of public art commissioned for the Glasgow Garden Festival. PIC: Owen McGuigan/My Clydebank Photos.

The abandoned floating head of Glasgow Garden Festival

It was a centre piece of the Glasgow Garden Festival - a giant head that floated on The Clyde like a boat.

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