New for the summer of 2018

Tuesday Heritage Walks June to Sept 2018 Explore Paisley’s history through two heritage walks held alternatively on a Tuesday morning or afternoon.   From mid-June to the end of August walks will begin at either 10.30am or 1.30pm from the front of Paisley Abbey on Abbey Close. 

Heritage Walks July to December 2018

Our heritage walks for the remainder of 2018 are now available.  They will added to our online booking system shortly.

Revamp to the website

We are currently carrying out a revamp of our website.   Everything is currently working, and there are few tweaks to carryout over the next few days.  We will also be adding our privacy notice.   We will never pass on any personal information to a third party, and will only use the information given to reply… More Revamp to the website

History Cafe Tuesday 20th March 10am – Blend, Paisley

Our fourth History Cafe will be on History Cafe Tuesday 20th March at 10am in Blend, Paisley.  Our last session on the 6th March was limited by the snow, but we hope to see  a good turn out for this session.  No topic has been set – This time we will chat about anything Historical or… More History Cafe Tuesday 20th March 10am – Blend, Paisley

Saturday 17th March 12 noon – Paisley’s West End Heritage Walk

Join us on Sat 17th March for our second Heritage Walk of the year.   Paisley’s West End is an area not traditionally recognised as of being of great historical importance, but boasting of its own Cross, poets, big houses and more the history of the area stretches back to the medieval era.  See https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/product/uh2018-hw2-paisleys-west-end/ for… More Saturday 17th March 12 noon – Paisley’s West End Heritage Walk

History Cafe 27th Feb 2018

Our next History Cafe in Blend will be on the 27th February between 10 and 11am.  The Topic this time will be Paisley’s Textile Heritage.  We will be looking at Maps, and a lot of the different textile industries that were in Paisley in the mid 19th Century.

January Update

January and February are a busy couple of months for the Urban Historian.  As you can see we have started to introduce our new logo and tag line – see the history around you. Our new History Cafe and Heritage walks will start in February, but we are not having a break.  We are continuing… More January Update

Names of the witches (in Scotland) 1658 – Welcome Library

The Welcome Library has recently published a fascinating book from 1658 to c1662 with a list of witches named in Scotland.   The original manuscript list is written by several hands, but also contains a later transcript. The original document is endorsed: ‘Names of the witches. 1658’.  There is one short section on Renfrewshire. You can… More Names of the witches (in Scotland) 1658 – Welcome Library

History Scotland Podcast featuring the Urban Historian

A few weeks ago, Stephen in his role as the Vice-chair & Historian of Paisley Thread Mill Museum spoke with Neil from History Scotland Magazine for one of their Podcasts. You can listen to the full broadcast through the link below. The Paisley Thread Mill Museum portion starts at 16 minutes in. https://soundcloud.com/user-42264641/history-scotland-podcast-episode-28-grand-central-paisley-thread-mill-museum#t=16:00

“Royal Victoria”

Paisley in March 1838 On the 1st of March 1838 Messers Barr and McNab of the Abercorn launched the first ever steamer built on the white Cart. This iron boat was 38.1 meters in length a breadth of 4.27 meters and had a depth of 2.84 meters. The hull weighed 45 tons. The Royal Victoria… More “Royal Victoria”