Research and Resources

We are currently looking to recruit researchers for new subject topics to explore – please get in touch with us to find out more.

The previous research group have made huge progress – discovering aspects of the Shaw story that have never been known before. The context of Reformation, Industrial Revolution 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.


School Packs

Life in the 17th Century Planner

Teachers’ Booklet

Scheme of Work


For further reading…

Top 10 books about witch-hunts

Calls for Memorial to Scotland’s tortured and executed witches

Accused, tortured, strangled, burned: Why Scotland’s witches should be pardoned

This Map Shows the Scale of 16th- and 17th-Century Scottish Witch Hunts

The Bargarran Witches – Devil’s Marks, curses and the witch trials of 1697