2017 – The Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology
2017 was a very busy year. We were commissioned by two Paisley Heritage projects to carryout historical research.
Project 1 – The Renfrewshire Tapestry Group We have been commissioned to create a historical timeline for the old County of Renfrew that today includes Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and parts of Glasgow. on top of the research we will also be running historical workshops with local historians in the respective counties to make sure we have accurate timelines. See www.renfrewshiretapestry.org.uk for full details.
Project 2 – A Family of Threads We have been commissioned to research the growth of the thread industry in Renfrewshire from 1722 and the introduction of fine linen thread manufacturing, through to the rise of the Coats and Clarks empires. See www.afamilyofthreads.info for full details. This is a Paisley Thread Mill Museum project.
Paisley Thread Mill Museum 2016
We completed a digitisation project for Paisley Thread Mill Museum. In all we have scanned nine photograph Albums of Coats & Clarks Thread Mills around the world. Once the scanning was complete we had to separate each image on the scanned pages. The final count of images was 906 all of which have been catalogued separately with descriptions.
The second step is to add the description to the JPG Comment in the image files, and then update a Multimedia Touchscreen package that displays the images in the museum. This is an ongoing project.
Renfrewshire History/ archaeologyIT
The Renfrewshire History website (www.renfrewshirehistory.info) has now been integrated into the Urban Historian website. Details of classes and heritage walks are now being published on the Urban Historian website, and we are currently working on the last issues with the integration – essentially links on our interactive heritage map to relevant articles. We hope to have this work sorted by March 2017.
archaeologyIT continues to supply hosting and website design/ maintenance to local and national heritage bodies. We have recently updated the look and feel of the Places of Worship in Scotland website (www.scottishchurches.org.uk) for SCHR Ltd, as part of our ongoing maintenance and design contract.