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New for autum & winter heritage walking tours

We now have specialised walking tour headsets available for our Heritage Walks starting from our Old Paisley Walk on the 16th October 2021. The receiver takes a standard set of earphones using a 3.5mm jack. We can provide a set of earphones or you are welcome to bring your own. Our earphones will be sanitised before and after use, along with the receiver.

Using the headsets allows more social distancing and allows you to hear the guide a lot clearer (and also help save the guides voice!) If you want to make use of the headset please let us know in advance or at the start of any of the walks you are booked on.

Autumn & Winter Heritage Walks 2021

Our autumn & winter heritage walks are back and now being slowly added to our website. We begin on the 14th October with a walk exploring old Paisley from the top of Causeyside Street down to Paisley Abbey. On the 30th October we have a new walk – Paisley & witches that will explore the true story behind Paisley’s connection to witch hunts and other myths connected to witches on the town. The timings of the walks change slightly for the winter meeting at 1pm and finishing around 3pm.

We aim to have all the events online this week, with the October walks up by tonight. The full schedule is shown below

October 2021 Dinner Talk

Following our successful dinner talk at Pendulum in August, we have now organised a follow-up Dinner Talk at Pendulum Scottish Kitchen & Bar for Tuesday 12th October at 6.30pm. The topic of the talk will be on the early linen thread making industry in Scotland, looking at Christian Shaw’s (of Bargarran witch-hunt fame) involvement in the industry and the establishment of the Scottish spinning schools.

Meeting in the private dining are we will enjoy a 2 course meal from the Market Menu (you’re responsible for any extras and drinks) followed by the talk.

All of this for £25 to reserve your place a deposit of £10 is due, with the remainder paid on the night.

Bookings have now closed


Code: UH-Pendulum-Oct12 Date: Tuesday 12th October 2021 Time 6.30pm. Meeting Point: Private Dinining Room, Pendulum, Gauze St, Paisley.

Cost £25.00 (£10 deposit due on booking – remainder on night. Includes standard 2 course meal from the Market Menu – you’re responsible for any extras and drinks)) By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

Fridays are history days

We have two projects running on Friday’s from the 27th August.

The Glenburn Buddies History Skills Project is teaching a group of local residents how to carryout historical research over a 10 week period on Friday mornings.

The Glenburn Heritage Group drop-in sessions began on the the 20th August and run every Friday afternoon. All are to come along and tell your stories of living in Glenburn

Discover Paisley!

We have just published our Heritage Walks for August to early October 2021. Under the general theme of Discover Paisley, we have a mix of old and new heritage walking tours running every Saturday, other than the 4th September when we will be running a Doors Open Day event at Paisley St George’s Outreach Centre in Glenburn.

Our scheduled walks include: Seedhill & Anchor Mills, The Threads of Paisley, Early Paisley, Woodside & a new Paisley Mystery Tour. The mystery tour will run several times over the next few months and it can also be booked as a bespoke tour by contacting us if you are visiting Paisley at a time when it is not scheduled.

See our Event Calendar for full information on each event.

Window Display @ Allan’s Snack Bar

Window Display @ Allan’s Snack Bar

We currently have a small window display/ exhibition at Allan’s Snack Bar in Storrie Street, Paisley. There are a selection of local history artefacts on display, pictures and adverts for our current history talks and heritage walks.

If you’re in town, why not pass by, check the display out and enjoy some great food at the same time!

Resumption of Heritage Walks from 24th April 2021

Very pleased to announce the resumption of our heritage walks from Saturday 24th April 2021. Numbers on each walk will be limited to five people from up to five households (6 including guide) to comply with the outdoor meeting regulations. Our full schedule of Walks and online talks is listed below and over the next week events in May will be added to the website for booking.

Friday 16th April – History Talk Online – Paisley’s Textile Heritage 7.30 to 9.30pm on Zoom

Wednesday 21st April – History Talk Online – Woodside Cemetery 7.30 to 9.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 28th April – Heritage Walk – Woodside Cemetery 1 to 3pm

Wednesday 28th April – History Talk Online – Renfrewshire Weavers (including an update on the Kilbarchan Project) 7.30 to 9.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 1st May – Heritage Walk – Industry of the White Cart 1 to 3pm

Wednesday 5th May – History Cafe Online – Abbey Parish, Paisley – a look at the registration District 7.30 to 8.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 8th May – Heritage Walk – The Monastery of Paisley in it’s Landscape 1 to 3pm

Wednesday 12th May – History Talk Online – Paisley Abbey 1163 – 1560, 7.30 to 9.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 15th May – Heritage Walk – The Industry of Lonend & Seedhill 1 to 3pm

Wednesday 19th May – History Talk Online – Shipbuilding on the White Cart, 7.30 to 9.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 22nd May – Heritage Walk – The West End of Paisley 1 to 3pm

Wednesday 19th May – History Cafe Online – Christian Shaw, the Woman 7.30 to 8.30pm on Zoom

Saturday 22nd May – Heritage Walk – The Threads of Paisley (Textile Heritage) 1 to 3pm

I look forward to seeing everyone again!

Royal Renfrew- History Talk

Royal Renfrew- History Talk

Wednesday 31 March 2021 7.30pm

Folowing on from our history cafe session on Saturday afternoon (27th March), where we looked in depth at Walter Stewart – 6th High Steward of Scotland, we now look at the Royal Burgh of Renfrew, the ancient heart of the County of Renfrewshire. The talk will look at the arrical of the Fitz Allan family, the establkishment of the Castle and the growth of the Burgh overtime. We wil also have a look at some of thr trade and industry within the Burgh concluding with a look at the Lobnitz yard and their contribution to World War 2.

Essential information: The talk will be held on Zoom at 7.30pm on the 31st March. Bookings will close at 3pm on the day of the event, and invites will be sent out shortly afterwards. The cost of the talk is £7 per household. If you register, but do not attend the event no refunds are given, but you may be given the opportunity to view the talk if it has been recorded and placed on the courses section of our website.

Ref: UH-HT17

Bookings have now closed

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