This year (21st November 2017) our annual Scotland's Towns Conference was hosted in Paisley Town Hall.

A Storify report of presentations, videos, tweets and more from the day can be viewed here

You can read more about this year's Scotland's Towns Conference below, and many thanks to all those who participated and made it such a memorable event. 


This year Scotland celebrated 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 examined 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 was 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. Attendees not only heard about Paisley’s Vision for 2026 but stepped into this living plan, walking through the town’s strategic activity areas that will deliver transformational change.

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Reports of Previous Scotland's Towns Conferences 

The ‘stories’ of previous Scotland's Towns Conferences are available to view below, including presentations, useful links and social media commentary from the nation's largest gathering of town stakeholders. These are great resources to share with colleagues, learn from and be inspired by.

Scotland's Towns Conference 2016 Storify Report

Scotland's Towns Conference 2015 Storify Report


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