Making History Residency 2023

1 Feb - 31 Jul 2023

Kjersti Sletteland / Photography by Marianne Wie

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


Historic Environment Scotland properties: Brechin Round Tower, Trinity House Edinburgh and Stirling

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 in 2023, we will work with three makers to support a community engagement craft project.


Each group will take inspiration from a Historic Environment Scotland property along the theme of Unearthing Scotland’s Hidden Stories: 

  • Jennifer Alford (Ceramics) at Brechin Round Tower
  • Charlott Rodgers (Glass/Ceramics) at Stirling Castle
  • Kjersti Sletteland (Ceramics) at Trinity House Edinburgh


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 a craft discipline. They will also have access to Historic Environment Scotland's rich archive resources. Learn more about the makers-in-residence for 2023.


Historic Environment Scotland's archives include:

  • Scran (www.scran.ac.uk), a collection of images, videos and sounds from across Scotland
  • Canmore, the catalogue of Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage (no log-in needed)
  • Scotland’s Places, 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 (Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions may apply).

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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