Research

Provost Tods Tomb, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.  Christian Shaw was buried here in 1737.

Provost Tods Tomb, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. Christian Shaw was buried here in 1737.

A research group that consited of eight core participants (one seasoned researcher, the others novice researchers) have been working together since August 2011.  The team is always changing, and we are always looking to add new researchers to the group.

The research group have made huge progress – discovering aspects of the Shaw story that have never been known before. The context of Reformation, Industrial Revoltuion and other historical details have been discovered and shared at our conferences and display in the Heritage & Creative Hub.

Most importantly, the research group have been feeding findings to the team creating the exhibition and historical re-enactment. They continue to operate in this way – undertaking specific pieces of research as the other groups request it. So much material has been uncovered, that the research group have held a two conferences; One  in Paisley Abbey on the morning of Saturday 9th June 2012 which focused on the theories on the phenomenon of Witch Hunting in 17th Century Scotland.  The Second in October 2013 focused on Paisley’s forgotten heritage, and the ways in which heritage can be used to boost regeneration and tourism.

The recordings of both conferences can be seen on the videos page.