About Me

I am the Cultural Heritage Officer for the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, an RSPB-led partnership project funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. I'm the main contact for all IFLI's built and cultural heritage projects, and my job involves lots of historical research and archaeology, as well as working with volunteers and community groups. 

I also teach medieval and early modern Scottish history one day per week (at the Centre for Open Studies at the University of Glasgow), and I'm training to be a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. I'm on Facebook and Twitter.

Bulgaria Cultural Heritage Visit, 2015 by Dr Kirsty McAlister
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Bulgaria Cultural Heritage Visit, 2015 by Dr Kirsty McAlister

Our guide was Velislava Chilingirova, who turned out not only to be eminently knowledgeable and unfailingly skilled at group management, but also patient, generous, warm, funny and full of life; in short, a terrific ambassador not only for Bulgaria but also for the programme. Through Velis’s vast network of contacts, we as a group were privileged to be treated to site and museum visits that covered the full spectrum of Bulgaria’s heritage, all the while learning from practitioners who enthusiastically shared their expertise and experience. In addition, Velis made special arrangements to visit places and people not on the original programme;

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