Anstruther Burgh Survey

The Community Burgh Survey is an exciting 12 month project for the community of Anstruther, Kilrenny & Cellardyke. The Survey, via a number of community initiatives, will enable volunteers to discover and engage with their heritage, exploring the origins and evolution of the burghs through archaeology and historical research.

The Survey is the final year of the 5 year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative and Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme that has been led by Fife Council, in partnership with Fife Historic Buildings Trust. We at Rathmell Archaeology Ltd will deliver the Survey, providing support for volunteers and community archaeology projects.

The results of the Survey will be a publication and a number of supporting products such as heritage trails and plaques to further enhance the burgh’s identity. Fundamental to the project is the involvement of the community in both the research and exploration of the burgh’s past.

We are hoping to secure the support of Community Partners in developing and delivering these initiatives:

  • Heritage Plaques
  • Graveyard Guide
  • Children’s Trail
  • Town Trail Guide

We also intend to provide Volunteering opportunities within a range of community archaeology including:

  • Archive work
  • Building Survey
  • Archaeological Excavation

Our vision is that ‘The Burgh Survey’ will be more than simply a history of Anstruther, it will be a volume of work accessible for residents, planners, developers and decision-makers, providing a context and support for managing future change in Anstruther.

We have a dedicated Facebook page for the Survey that will be our primary means of communicating and sharing during the project:

https://www.facebook.com/AnstrutherSurvey

Please link to this page and share your thoughts there.

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