The conservation of Birse parish’s rich and varied cultural heritage is a central part of BCT’s work on behalf of the community to promote the local common good and deliver wider public benefits.
BCT has safeguarded the future of some of the most important historical buildings and sites in the parish by taking over their ownership and management, including Birse Kirk, the Finzean Wood Mills, Ballogie Souter’s Shop, Corsedardar and others.
BCT also carries out a wide range of other projects to conserve and promote the parish’s cultural heritage. These include archaeological surveys and historical research at the sites managed by BCT and elsewhere in the parish, as well as projects into many different aspects of the parish’s local history. As a key part of this work, BCT has established the Birse Parish Archive at Finzean Old School. This now safeguards many old photographs, documents, other local history records and a collection of interesting local artefacts. BCT continues to expand and develop the Archive with further research and donations of additional material. The Archive can be contacted through the BCT office at Finzean Old School and visited by arrangement.
BCT has also re-published the two main local histories of the parish by Dinnie and Callander, as well as a number of other local history publications.