The aim of the People's Parish is to inspire and support creative neighbourhood projects in each of Scotland's 871 civil parishes, connecting local stories, traditions and cultural memory with the distinct local voices, culture and creativity of our places today. The civil parish is offered here as a useful starting point to describe the scale at which people feel a sense of familiarity, ownership and belonging in their local place.

The inspiration for the People's Parish came from the old Statistical Account of Scotland, which began over two hundred years ago at the close of the 18th century. In the 21st century, we believe that the story of Scotland's places should be told not by a few professionals or central institutions, but by the people who live and work there, on their own terms. The resulting work will be archived and made available for future generations.