Centuries-old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval drain tunnel is revealed

We are a bit behind when it comes to adding news and research to the website just now, but here is the story of the discovery a few weeks ago of the outlet of the Paisley Abbey Drain and most likely part of the old river wall as well. We already knew Scotland’s finest and… More Centuries-old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval drain tunnel is revealed

Paisley Abbey History Cafe Workshops

Come and join us on a Monday afternoon at 1.30pm for our History Cafe Workshops at Paisley Abbey. Over three weeks we are exploring the history and archaeology of the monastic complex. Time 1.30 to 2.30pm Tea / Coffee £2.50 provided by the Abbey Cost £5 (Suggested donation)

Medieval Renfrewshire Course

Our 4 week lecture series on Medieval Renfrewshire begins on Wednesday 12th June. Although this is a 4 week course, you can come along to any of the talks, at a cost of £10 a session. The four lectures will over: L1 The Dark Ages in the CountyL2 Feudalism arrives in RenfrewshireL3 Paisley Abbey &… More Medieval Renfrewshire Course

New in 2019

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Taking a break…

At the moment the Urban Historian is having a break from delivering our heritage walks and talks. This is due to continuing health issues. We’re hopeful that things will start to improve soon, with talks commencing again in the spring, followed by the walks by the summer. In the meantime, time is being spent reading… More Taking a break…

Two new talks announced

To complete our October series of talks, we invite you to come along to hear more about witchcraft in Scotland.   On the 22nd October we will be looking at early witchcraft in Scotland, while on the 29th of October we will be looking at Renfrewshire cases from 1600 – 1650.  See our Short Courses page… More Two new talks announced

More seats released for Bargarran Witchhunt 1696 Talk

We have just released a further 5 tickets for next Monday nights talk on the Bargarran witchhunt of 1697.  The initial 15 seats sold out fairly fast so please book quickly if you want to come along!  

New Online courses

We have just launched our new online courses website.   Later this year we will launch our first online courses on the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire, allowing the Paisley and Renfrewshire Diaspora world wide to learn more about their homeland. For now we have put a very short, free sample course online – Paisley: An… More New Online courses

History Cafes restart 2nd October 2018

Fast on the heels of our new heritage talks starting on the 1st of October – our History Cafe sessions restart on Tuesday 2nd of October at 10am in Blend Coffee Lounge on Causeyside Street. We will then meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 in Blend. See /history-cafe for full details.

Short Courses

New for October 2018 – we are relaunching our short courses and talks. On a Monday night between 7 and 9pm you can join us on a regular basis in Paisley Thread Mill Museum where you can learn about Paisley and Renfrewshire’s amazing history and heritage. Our initial talks on the 1st and 7th of… More Short Courses