John Stevenson & Sons

Have you ever walked down Weighhouse Close in Paisley and wondered what the old single story building and yard between the Private Car park and the Mrs Coats Home for Girls used to be? After doing some investigation, i have realised that this and the associated buildings probably make up one of the last complete… More John Stevenson & Sons

Genealogy Surprises

Every so often something unexpected turns up when doing your family history. … More Genealogy Surprises

New Virtual Tour

We have launched our first virtual tour on our Courses website. The first free tour to go live is an exploration of the Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley. You can vist the Tour at See also for more information on the cottages. (Their website appears to be down at the moment)

Walk & Talk Vouchers 2020

During this period of uncertainty we would like to remind you that you can buy vouchers for our heritage walks and talks. Any vouchers bought between 16th March and the 28th June 2020 will be valid for use until the 31st June 2021. Each voucher costs £6 Buy 1 Voucher Buy 2 Voucher Buy 4… More Walk & Talk Vouchers 2020

Covid-19 Update – 23 March 2020

Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 virus, all face to face activities of the Urban historian have been cancelled. We are currently working on content for out online courses website ( where will be adding some Virtual Walking Tours and some online courses. If you do feel you have the symptomos of Covid-19,… More Covid-19 Update – 23 March 2020

History Talks 2020

Our History Talks for March and May 2020 are now available for booking.… More History Talks 2020

Heritage Walks March to May 2020

Our Heritage Walks for the period March to May 2020 are now listed on our Heritge Walk Page Bookings ar now being taken for the March and early April walks at… More Heritage Walks March to May 2020

Lobnitz at War

Lobnitz shipyard in Renfrew mostly built and specialised in Dredgers and Dregde equipment for clients worldwide. During World War II the construction of dredgers contunued, though mostly for Admiralty contracts. This article looks at the Mulberry Harbours and HMS Pelorus.… More Lobnitz at War

Searching for your Ancstors

Are you interested in your Scottish Family Origins? Then this 10 week course is for you! Over the10 weeks you will be introduced to the basics of genealogy, looking at information gathering and then using offical an non offical records for your investigations.… More Searching for your Ancstors

FREE New Year 2020 Heritage Walk

Start the new decade learning something new about Paisley. It’s been a few years since we did our first New Year Heritage Walk, but it’s back for 2020! We will explore Paisley’s Hidden Heritage – exploring what lies beneath our feet and up above. From the archaeology of Paisley Abbey to lost streets, buildings and… More FREE New Year 2020 Heritage Walk