Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2109

Archaeology Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Council on Archives call for contributions to Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2019.

Making Places, Connecting People’ – Call for Papers, Speakers, Displays and Contributions

Date: Saturday 9th November 2019
Venue: Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Dunkeld and Birnam

Archaeology Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Council on Archives are delighted to announce the call for contributions to Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2019.  Returning for its eighth year, the Conference provides a vibrant stage for volunteers, community groups and professionals to network and share experiences, inspiring one another and unlocking the tools that lead to successful projects and fruitful working partnerships.

The conference theme this year is Making Places, Connecting People. Your very involvement in local heritage plays a vital role in defining and celebrating your community, your place. Moreover, by involving your friends and neighbours, you are building and strengthening connections that bring benefits far beyond the aims of individual projects. These are also priorities for government – to help communities discover, cherish and protect the richness that is our heritage, right across Scotland. So we invite you to join us to share your experiences, thoughts and plans in the annual celebration that is Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference!

This year we will be returning to the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre in Perthshire ( Conveniently sited close to the A9 and just a five-minute walk from the railway station, this marvellous building offers an exciting range of spaces for the conference and is fully accessible to those with disabilities. With your help, we will be creating a memorable day of talks, workshops and exhibitions, hearing from you about your involvement with community heritage. As usual, volunteers and members of community groups have priority in the main plenary sessions, but there are also plenty of opportunities for the professional sector to add their skills and energy to the event.

We want to hear from you!

If you would like to be involved, please use the form to tick the option that best suits your proposal, using the boxes to outline your ideas (or to suggest an alternative), and send it to Please pass on this invitation to others who might be interested in sharing their experiences – we are sure there are many people, many groups, many communities we haven’t yet reached who could have a huge positive impact on the conference, so help us find them!

Any questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organising team on

Closing date for submissions: Sunday 18th August (if you miss it, contact us anyway: no promises, but we’ll see what we can do!).