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About the Programme

Discovering the Clyde has been a long-term programme designed to improve understanding of how humans have created, been affected, changed and been changed by the River Clyde. A series of projects have examined some aspects of the river from its source to the sea. We invite you to use this website to discover new ways of looking at the river, and start to create new ideas about the heritage of this amazing 176km long thread of history.

What did it do?

Through fieldwork, desk-based research, and messing about in the river, the programme stimulated a flow of ideas and information about the historic environment of the river and people’s interactions with it. It did this through a range of projects that researched the physical historical remains; data and archive material, and through engagement with local people, people with particular interests – and anybody who wanted to get involved.

Who has taken part?

The programme generated information for a broad range of users and interested parties; from cultural heritage managers to planners and historic environment researchers; from academics to the public. Everyone can benefit from the fascinating discoveries and stories that have been revealed as the programme unfolded.


Latest from the blog

Research Opportunities

We have now completed our initial work on ‘Connected with the Clyde’, the first project to be undertaken within the Discovering the Clyde Programme.  This project saw team members walking... READ MORE

Day of Archaeology

Discovering the Clyde has been contributing to the Day of Archaeology.  This is an international event which lets people see what it really means to be an archaeologist. Heather Stoddart,... READ MORE

Annual Review: 2015-16

Since our launch last summer the Discovering the Clyde Programme has been engaging widely with community groups, local authorities and academics. These groups have a wide range of interests and... READ MORE


An underwater archaeological investigation Philip Robertson, Deputy Head of Designation (Inventories and Marine) tells us about a project commissioned by Heritage Management at Historic Environment Scotland. Beneath the waves of... READ MORE