Making History Residency 2022

1 Feb - 31 Jul 2022

Photography by Neil Hanna

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


In 2022, HES and Craft Scotland worked with four makers to support a community engagement project inspired by four buildings:

  • Steph Liddle (ceramics) at Arbroath Abbey
  • David Gray (ceramics) at Dunblane Cathedral 
  • Steven Graham (glass) at Dunfermline’s Abbey 
  • Ali Forbes (jewellery) at Melrose Abbey

Taking inspiration from the physical structure, stories, history and culture of these buildings, the makers received support to work with a community or learning group to co-design new work in any one of Craft Scotland’s eligible disciplines. They then shared their findings, practice and skills with other makers and educators through in-person or online talks. 

Learn more about the makers-in-residence 2022.


Learn more about the Making History 2022 project and the work created by the makers during the first residency initiative with our Making History publication. Read now (opens PDF).


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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