Making History Residency 2022

1 Feb - 31 Jul 2022

David Gray / Photography by the artist

A new initiative bringing makers in residence to some of Scotland’s finest historical buildings  


Historic Environment Scotland properties: Arbroath Abbey, Dunfermline Abbey, Melrose Abbey and Dunbl

Making History is a maker-in-residence Scotland-wide initiative, supported by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Craft Scotland, bringing makers in residence to some of Scotland’s finest historical buildings.

Historic Environment Scotland and Craft Scotland will work with four makers to support a community engagement project inspired by four of Historic Environment Scotland properties:

Taking inspiration from the physical structure, stories, history and culture of these buildings, the makers-in-residence will be supported to work with a community or learning group exploring skills in any one of Craft Scotland’s eligible disciplines, and will have an opportunity to share their findings, practice and skills with other makers and educators. Makers also have access to Historic Environment Scotland's rich archive resources. 

Craft Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland are pleased to announce the four selected makers for the Making History Residency 2022: Ali Forbes, David Gray, Steph Liddle and Steven Graham. Learn more about the makers-in-residence.

Historic Environment Scotland's archives include:

  • Scran (www.scran.ac.uk), a collection of images, videos and sounds from across Scotland
  • Canmore (www.canmore.org.uk), the catalogue of Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage (no log-in needed)
  • Scotland’s Places (www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk), a database of maps, documents and information relating to town and villages
  • Britain From Above (www.britainfromabove.org.uk), a collection of aerial photography from 1919 to the early 21st century
  • A physical archive (though Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions mean this will probably be inaccessible during the residency).

The digital archives are fully searchable and include photography, drawings, sketches, paintings, 3D objects, maps, texts, and sound and video files.

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