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CREATING THE FUTURE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND’S TOWNS:
THE KEY TO SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING.
A Scotland’s Towns Partnership production. In Partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Paisley 2021.
This year Scotland celebrates the richness of its history and heritage, and the role of the past in shaping our present-day places, cultures and identities. This is particularly true for towns, whose heritage tells our story as a nation, from medieval burghs and seats of kings, to hubs of the industrial revolution, and ‘new town’ symbols of post-war modernity.
This year’s Scotland’s Towns Conference examines how, as a nation of towns, it is critical that we embrace our heritage; not only to acknowledge it, but to measure its worth, and value it; and to curate, preserve, protect and promote it. In a world seeking authenticity, it is how we use our towns’ heritage moving forward, that will help determine the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of communities across Scotland.
Our home for this year is the wonderful Paisley. Truly embracing its future history, the town’s vision is centred on its world class cultural and heritage assets and has begun an extensive programme of regeneration activity and investment. Set within the context of the Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy as the regeneration strategy for the next 20 years, this activity contributes to re-establishing Paisley as Renfrewshire’s primary town centre for the benefit of local people and businesses as well as the national and international community. You will not only hear about Paisley’s Vision for 2026 but step into this living plan, walking through the town’s strategic activity areas that will deliver transformational change.
08:45 Auditorium and Foyer (Ground Floor)
Networking Breakfast I Marketplace I FutureTown Design Competition I Most Beautiful High Street (45 minutes)
09:45 Paisley’s Future History: PACE Theatre Company. Performance by the largest youth theatre of its kind in the UK.
10:00 Host: Ross Martin
10:05 Ministerial Address and Winner of Most Beautiful High Street Announced:
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing
10:20 Scotland’s Towns’ Greatest Riches (speaker to be announced).
10:35 Creating the Vision: Paisley’s Pattern!
Sandra Black, Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Council and Paisley 2021 Board Member.
10:50 Question Time Panel with Sandra Black, joined by Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
11:10 Step Into the Vision. Working Groups on the Move!
Guided Walking Tour of Paisley’s Strategic Activity Areas
Depart in groups by 11:25
Tour length – 1 hour
Auditorium and Foyer (Ground Floor)
12:30 Networking Lunch I Marketplace I FutureTown Design Competition I Most Beautiful High Street (1 hour)
13:40 LUNCHTIME FRINGE SESSIONS
BACK TO THE FUTURE! TOWN CENTRE INNOVATION LABS
The Alexander Wilson Suite (First floor)
Tourism in our Towns – Then. Now. The Future.
Tourism has grown at a huge rate over the last two years. Find out how VisitScotland will help moving forward, and plans for future theme years.
Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland
The Auditorium (Ground Floor)
A Brave New World - Digital Future Proofing
Get to grips with the new digital world of VR, AR, Trip Advisor and the discerning tech savvy visitor.
David Wallace, Director - Major & Public Sector, BT
James McClafferty, Head of Regional Development, CityFibre
Fringe Sessions end 14:20
Pick up a Coffee from the North Minor Hall (Adjacent to Auditorium)
The Auditorium (Ground Floor)
REINVENTION – THE NEW MOTHER OF NECESSITY
14:30 Speaker to be announced.
14:45 Dundee – A Learning Journey
Mike Galloway, Director of City Development, Dundee City Council
15:00 Question Time Panel –Mike Galloway is joined by Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage Management, Historic Environment Scotland and Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland
15:20 Detroit’s Revival
Rob St Mary, Director of Outreach, Patronicity, Detroit, USA
Patronicity brings together local citizens and sponsors to support great initiatives in their communities. Hear how this has delivered real impact, from the ground up, gets wide engagement, captures ideas that work and filters out those that won’t.
ALSO LAUNCHING THE TARTAN CENT!
15:50 Closing Remarks – Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership