Thursday, 1 October 2015

Historic Environment Scotland takes over as heritage body

As of today, the new merged body of Historic Environment Scotland takes over from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and Historic Scotland as Scotland's national heritage body. Here's the announcement:

Welcome to Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the new lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment, and takes up its full statutory role from 1st October 2015. Created by the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014, the new body incorporates and will build on the strengths and expertise of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) who have been managing and recording the historic environment for over a century.

Historic Environment Scotland will lead and enable delivery of Our Place in Time, Scotland’s first ever strategy for the historic environment, which sets out how our historic environment will be carefully managed to deliver real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people. The success of this strategy will ensure our diverse historic environment is cared for and protected, understood, valued, enjoyed and enhanced now and for future generations.

We are already developing our Corporate Plan 2016-19, demonstrating how the new organisation will meet the expectations of stakeholders. We will be launching the plan for public consultation in November.

This is an exciting new era for Scotland’s historic environment and we look forward to your support as we explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The full announcement, and other statements, can be found in the body's newsletter at There is no new website as yet, so keep an eye out at for further news.


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