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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…

Sep 10, 2018
The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943

The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943

Today if you mention Paisley ship building to residents or visitors they are very surprised.  Paisley’s ship building heritage has a long history, from building canal boats at Saucel, to…

Aug 7, 2018
New for the summer of 2018

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…

Jun 2, 2018
Heritage Walks July to December 2018

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.

Jun 2, 2018
Revamp to the website

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…

Apr 26, 2018
History Cafe 27th Feb 2018

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…

Feb 22, 2018
Paisley Abbey Wee Dig 2017

Paisley Abbey Wee Dig 2017

During September 2017, Renfrewshire Council commissioned GUARD Archaeology LTD to undertake further excavation work on the site of Paisley Abbey’s Medieval Drain. The following two videos were published by the…

Jan 19, 2018
January Update

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…

Jan 19, 2018
Names of the witches (in Scotland) 1658 – Welcome Library

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,…

Oct 28, 2017
History Scotland Podcast featuring the Urban Historian

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.…

Oct 21, 2017
“Royal Victoria”

“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…

Aug 7, 2016
County and Sheriff Court Buildings

County and Sheriff Court Buildings

County Buildings and Sheriff Court, Underwood Road By an arrangement entered into between the County and Burgh authorities, an Act of Parliament was obtained in 1887,…

Jul 17, 2016
Free Library and Museum

Free Library and Museum

Free Library & Museum Ionic in style, with a tetrastyla portico and wings, this fine building was gifted to the town by the late Sir Peter…

Jul 17, 2016

Infirmaries of Paisley

The Old Infirmary in Bridge Street, built in 1850, occupies the site of a Hospital founded in 1784, and is now (in 1896) used as a Dispensary and Hospital. The…

Jul 17, 2016

Paisley Technical School

Paisley Technical School This (in 1896) will soon be another addition to the educational institutions of the town, and, like most of the other institutions, is…

Jul 17, 2016

Robert Tannahill – A Paisley Poet

THE TANNAHILL STATUE Tannahills Statue In the Abbey Churchyard, opposite the main entrance to the Clark Town Hall. Robert Tannahill, son of a Paisley weaver, and…

Jul 17, 2016

West End Cross, Paisley

The West End Cross This is a corner dear to the born Paslonian. The present buildings were erected some years ago on the site of the…

Jul 17, 2016

William Dunn Square

  William Dunn Square when opened This handsome Square, with its beautifully designed parterres and elegant retaining walls, was gifted to his native town in 1894: by Wm.…

Jul 17, 2016
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