Scottish heritage Heritage film
Scotland’s Heritage

This Scottish heritage digital film archive is a unique collection of footage which captures the cultural identity of the ordinary man and woman’s account of his/her life and work from 1890s -1960s in Scotland. The digital Scottish heritage clips  allows you to connect with, and enables you to walk in the footsteps of your Scottish ancestors. This heritage archive by Carney Heritage Productions also enjoys the highest academic and educational endorsements.

This unique cultural archive is a rare insight into Scotland’s past. The Carney Heritage Productions  archive has 500 hours of footage about how life was from 1890s – 1950s in rural Scotland. Don Carney was proud of his ancestors that inspired Don to produce this unique digital film archive.

So in the 1980s he decided to hire a video camera and try to capture what the ordinary people have achieved. All the commentary is in the Doric dialect which can be understood by any English speaker. The Doric was Dons first language and has served oor north east ancestors much longer than English has done. It is still the dialect of many parts of Aberdeenshire and is one thing which distinguishes us from other locations within the world.

Carney Heritage Productions  had  6 DVD titles when released they entered the top ten DVD charts in the north east of Scotland and they have been sent to most parts of the world for people to enjoy. This highlights the fact that where ever we are we are Ah Jock Tamsons’ Bairns. We can turn on the television tonight and see a programme featuring people who live on the banks of the Ganges river doing their washing on a stone. This is similar to the technique used here in Scotland during the 1930s when washing was done by rubbing the clothes not on a stone but on a washboard. Both processes are similar and both processes share the same outcome.

All the footage within my archive has been digitised into discrete 2110 clips each clip with its own computer data base. This allows all the digitised clips to be easily accessed and futureproofs this significant Scottish heritage asset, which is the only new heritage asset which has been developed. The work of digitising an hour of footage takes 5 hours to do. It has taken Don 3250 hours of work to digitise my archive. I have done this myself and have funded the activity predominately from his own savings. As an innovator in the heritage field and the producer of something new he does not fit into any contemporary establishment funding criteria. As a result, Carney Heritage Productions cannot get funding to safeguard this archive for the future. Mr Bert McIntosh of McIntosh Plant Hire in Aberdeenshire and Mr Derek Nicol of Nicol of Skene also in Aberdeenshire are two local businessmen who like Don Carney thinks preserving our past heritage is of vital importance. They have sponsored validated digital educational heritage clips which are now available to every Scottish school. This unique archive footage enjoys the highest endorsements as an accurate  and authentic record and a legacy of oor rich Scottish heritage.

Meet Dr Don Carney (Dr Doric)

I am lucky enough to have been brought up on Drumnaheath Farm Leylodge Kintore in Aberdeenshire where over 300 years of my ancestors have lived. As someone who is culturally proud I wanted to capture on film the contribution the ordinary Scottish people in my community have made to Scottish life. What I have recorded in my 500 hour Scottish heritage archive is just how extraordinary my and your ancestors were. This digitised video archive of unique Scottish film celebrates their contribution to Scotland’s identity. This is an authentic Scottish heritage website highlighting oor culture.

By profession I started off life as a chef and I then went into Hospitality management. Along the way I was always keen on education and furthering my desire to learn. After some 15 years of continuous evening and day release education I ended my career a lecturer at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in hospitality and tourism management.

Through my unique work in Scottish heritage, as a result of his project, I was awarded the first PhD of its kind in the world featuring video capture of heritage and speaking the Scots language utilising the Doric dialect. I have presented several dozen academic papers and academic text on the work I have done in capturing heritage on film at many national and international academic conferences. I have featured on five television programmes in America and many documentary type television programmes in the UK about my work. Each time I released a new DVD they competed in the top ten DVD charts of the north east of Scotland with Star Trek, Daniel O’ Donnell and the pop stars of the time. This shows that my style of presenting authentic Scottish heritage, all filmed in the North East of Scotland has a diverse local, national and international audience all interested in our rich Scottish culture. My DVDs were retailed through my e commerce site  up to Christmas 2018 when Carney Heritage Productions took the decision to only sell clips from the archive or the entire archive as the popularity of DVDs has lost their appeal. My customers want only to purchase the digital clips that they want. This approach allows customers to have a total choice from Carney Heritage Productions  2110 clips which meets their requirements. When on release our DVDs were retailed to at least thirteen countries world-wide.

The content on this web-site is drawn from an archive consisting of 500 hours of footage and is presented in 4 main sections – educational resources, visitor attractions, corporate & community resources and family history. In addition, our digital clips can be purchased through our shop



01 About Carney Scottish Heritage 4 Sections Eductaional Resources
02 About Carney Scottish Heritage 4 Sections Visitor Attractions
03 About Carney Scottish Heritage 4 Sections Corporate
04 About Carney Scottish Heritage 4 Sections Family History