Category Archives: Heritage

Asa Briggs and Marks and Spencer

The other week the eminent social historian Asa Briggs died.  Despite my not being an historian this was a name I knew.  I came across his work when I wanted to look at aspects of the social history of the … Continue reading

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Roman Remains

Let’s get the rugby out of the way first. It’s all Scotland’s fault; these days it always is. Another wooden spoon and apparently  such a poor performance that the true champions, Wales, despite a magnificent demonstration of world-class rugby against … Continue reading

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Hail The Town! The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment

One of the perks of running this blog is that I can occasionally hand it over to others for contributions and get to learn something about their interests and viewpoints. Readers of previous guest blogs will thus have seen Anne … Continue reading

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Painting the Town: Scottish Urban History in Art

One of the joys of working at a University is that (on the whole!) colleagues are interesting and interested and you can have conversations that take very different turns. One recently with my frequent co-author Anne Findlay ended with “oh … Continue reading

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John Lewis: Stories of a Shopkeeper

Earlier this week I had a number of meetings in London and for the last of them I was looking for a central café. I am not sure that’s quite how John Lewis on Oxford Street really likes to think … Continue reading

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Regeneration – of Place and People?

I attended a couple of events at the end of last week which caused me to feel a little more positive about some of the things going on in Scotland in terms of retailing and towns. On Thursday I was … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Charrettes, Community Development, Government, Heritage, High Streets, Historic Shops, Places, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Shopfronts, Stirling, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Business Improvement Districts: Gatherings and Huddles

As I have written before, in reading this post you have to remember that I am a Board Member of BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) Scotland and thus believe they have a role to play in Scotland and in Scotland’s town … Continue reading

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