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  • HES Responsible Tourism Framework

    Scotland’s tourism sector has a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis and achieving net-zero while contributing significantly to the Scottish economy. There is growing recognition of the importance of responsible tourism and its benefits, that can be enjoyed by all without detriment to communities and the environment. In response, we, as the largest operator of paid-for visitor attractions in the country, have created a Responsible Tourism Framework to set out how our... More
    Opened 28 September 2022
  • Designating Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

    We are proposing to list Ardbeg Distillery on the island of Islay at Categories A and C. Ardbeg Distillery was registered as a legal commercial distillery in 1815 but was known to be in production from the late 18 th century - early historical whisky records indicate spirit was being illicitly produced at Ardbeg from 1798. Some of the buildings at the distillery date from 1815 with later 19th century additions and expansion. The distillery is remarkable for... More
    Opened 27 September 2022
  • Northern Meeting Park Pavilion, Inverness– change to listing category

    We are proposing to change the category of listing of the sporting pavilion and boundary walls at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness from B to A. The Northern Meeting Park was purchased in 1864 to provide a permanent home for the Inverness Highland Games and the current pavilion was built in 1865. It is thought to be the world’s first purpose-built Highland Games stadium. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on the proposed change of listing category of... More
    Opened 23 September 2022
  • Designating Eastriggs, a First World War cordite factory near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

    We are proposing to designate parts of the Eastriggs First World War cordite factory as a scheduled monument and as a listed building . These make a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the war effort during the First World War, specifically as a nationally significant munitions factory that produced the propellant cordite in vast quantities. We have launched this public consultation to... More
    Opened 22 September 2022
  • Battlefields: Planning Best Practice - feedback on a report by Lichfields UK

    Updated on 3 November: Following a request from consultees, we have extended the consultation for 14 days. The consultation will now close on 17 November. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking views on recommendations made by Lichfields UK in a report about how the Inventory of Historic Battlefields is working within the Scottish planning system. The Inventory of historic battlefields was established in 2011. It is a list of nationally important battlefields in... More
    Opened 11 August 2022
  • The Archaeological Significance of land at Coldingham

    We have been asked to look at the area around St Michaels’ Knowe, Coldingham, for potential designation as a scheduled monument . The site is an archaeological feature that adds to our appreciation of the ecclesiastical history of Coldingham and the Scottish Borders, and contributions to our understanding of early medieval and medieval Scottish history We have launched this public consultation to gather views on this site. We are interested to find out if you have any... More
    Opened 9 August 2022
  • MyCanmore

    You are being invited to take part in a research study which aims to understand and improve the use of MyCanmore. Before you decide to take part, it is important that you understand why this research is being carried out and what the research involves. Please take some time to read the following information carefully and to decide whether you wish to participate in the study. If there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information please feel free to contact us.... More
    Opened 1 July 2022
  • Designating Brora Harbour

    We are proposing to list the harbour in Brora at Category C. The harbour was built in 1813-14 to import and export raw materials and finished products relating to the local coal mining, salt-panning, fishing and brickwork industries. It is a good representative example of a compact, tidal harbour that has been minimally altered and which contains much of its early 19th century fabric. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this historic building in... More
    Opened 22 June 2022
  • Designating the former Chivas Brothers Headquarters, Paisley

    We are proposing to list the former Chivas Brothers Headquarters Building in Paisley – a very rare and unusual example of a modern building that was designed to look like a traditional Scottish country house. Built in 1962-64 to the designs of Lothian, Barclay, Jarvis, it formed the main frontage of a large bottling plant and warehouse site for the Scottish whisky magnate. The former headquarters building has remained largely unchanged but much of the wider site... More
    Opened 8 June 2022
  • Designating Palacerigg Visitor Centre

    We are proposing to list the Palacerigg Visitor Centre at the Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld, which contains a mural in the foyer by Alasdair Gray (1934⁠–⁠2019). Alasdair Gray painted the mural in 1974 having been commissioned by naturalist and Director of the Country Park, David Stephen. The theme of the mural is natural and human ecology, and it shows Scottish wildlife in an idealised countryside scene. Gray lived on site at Palacerigg Country Park while painting the mural... More
    Opened 7 June 2022
  • HES Report on Cumbernauld Town Centre

    This is a preliminary consultation which is open for comment until 12 June 2022 and will inform our assessment for listing. We have been asked to consider designating the 1960s Cumbernauld Town Centre as a listed building . Built 1963-72, the building in the town centre was designed as a ‘megastructure’ – a single structure with a range of different uses – and included shops, offices, civic buildings, a bus station, hotel and apartments. At the time of its... More
    Opened 12 May 2022
  • Designating Arbuthnot Museum and Library, Peterhead

    We are proposing to list the Library and Arbuthnot Museum at the corner of St Peter Street and Queen Street in Peterhead. The library was built between 1891 and 1893 and is one of the earliest Carnegie public libraries built in Scotland. It was designed with a library on the ground floor and a purpose-built exhibition and art gallery space above to permanently house the museum collection of local merchant, Adam Arbuthnot. The building is constructed in pink Peterhead granite and... More
    Opened 10 May 2022
  • Designating Boghall Parish Church, Boghall

    We are proposing to list Boghall Parish Church, near Bathgate – an innovative and striking Modernist church with an unusual saddle-shaped roof. It was built 1963-65 to serve the new local authority housing development of Boghall, near Bathgate. Boghall Parish Church is a notable example of a post-war church that used modern materials, technology and experimental plans to create bold new forms that redefined church design for the established church. ... More
    Opened 12 April 2022
  • Designating Carsethorn Pier

    We are proposing to designate Carsethorn Pier as a scheduled monument – an archaeological feature that makes a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the maritime heritage of southwest Scotland, and its contribution to the history of 19th century emigration. Carsethorn Pier at high tide © Courtesy of Andrew Dutton We have launched this public consultation to gather views on our... More
    Opened 7 April 2022
  • Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille (na Ghàidhlig)

    Tar-shealladh Tha Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille an-dràsta air a clàradh aig Ìre B airson togalaichean clàraichte . Tha sinn an dùil: an ìre atharrachadh gu Ìre A airson aithneachadh a thoirt don ailtireachd agus an ùidh eachdraidheil air leth aice mar eaglais sgeadaichte agus follaiseach a chaidh a thogail a dh’aon ghnothach dhan choimhearsnachd Ghàidhlig. eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig a chur ris... More
    Opened 16 March 2022
  • Eaglais Ghàidhlig Chaluim Cille / St Columba Gaelic Church (in English)

    St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow is currently a category B listed building . We are proposing to: Change the category of listing from B to A to recognise its outstanding architectural and historic interest as an ornate and prominent church built specifically for the Gaelic-speaking community. Add a Gaelic translation to its listing address. We have launched this public consultation to... More
    Opened 16 March 2022
  • Designating Duntocher Trinity Parish Church, Clydebank

    We are proposing to list Duntocher Trinity Parish Church, Clydebank – the first ‘blitzed’ church to be rebuilt in Scotland after the Second World War. The original Duntocher Parish Church (later known as Duntocher Trinity Parish Church) opened in 1836 and was destroyed in March 1941 during the Clydebank Blitz. Duntocher Trinity Parish Church is a relatively early example of a post-war church for the established church in Scotland. It was designed by William Reid in... More
    Opened 14 March 2022
  • Designating Former St Rollox Locomotive Works, Glasgow

    We are proposing to list the former St Rollox Locomotive Works – a rare surviving example of a major 19th and 20th century centre for locomotive manufacture and repair. It is now the only building of this type to survive in Springburn, Glasgow - formerly one of the world's main centres of locomotive construction. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this historic building in recognition of its special architectural and historic interest. ... More
    Opened 7 March 2022
  • Designating Dundee Repertory Theatre (Dundee Rep)

    We are proposing to designate Dundee Repertory Theatre (Dundee Rep) as a listed building – an award-winning and architecturally distinctive example of modern theatre design in Scotland. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on our proposal to list this important building. We are confident that it is of s pecial architectural and historic interest and our initial view is that category A is appropriate. Find out more about listed buildings . ... More
    Opened 14 December 2021
  • Discover Heritage Careers Schools Resource

    This careers resource was developed by a partnership of Historic Environment Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Skills Development Scotland. This interdisciplinary resource has been developed to provide activity for 2 x 50 minute lessons aimed at S2-S4s, but content can be used separately to support in class learning and extracurricular sessions. More
    Opened 23 November 2021
  • Reviewing the Inventory record for the Battle of Pinkie

    We are reviewing the inventory battlefield designation for the Battle of Pinkie (September 1547). We would welcome comments from the public on our revisions to the inventory battlefield record. The Battle of Pinkie was fought across the area of coastal plain now mainly agricultural land and the settlements of Musselburgh, Wallyford, Carberry and Whitecraig in East Lothian. Pinkie is believed to be the largest single battle ever fought in Scotland in terms of the numbers of... More
    Opened 10 November 2021
  • Covid-19 Survey - October 2021

    This survey is to help us understand how the heritage sector is doing 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. As pandemic measures continue to ease, we would like to know more about the priorities that heritage organisations have, how secure organisations feel and understand what has changed between this survey and the two previous ones in 2020. The survey has around 20 questions and should take around 20 minutes to complete. More
    Opened 5 October 2021
  • ‘Orkney Gateway’ vision for county’s World Heritage Site opens for public comment

    Local people are being asked for their feedback on options for the future management of the world-renowned Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS). Feedback will be used to develop a final ‘Outline Business Case’ for ‘Islands Deal’ funding announced earlier this year by the UK and Scottish Governments for the Orkney World Heritage Site Gateway Programme - or “the Orkney Gateway”. This Programme, which is aimed at providing a better and more sustainable... More
    Opened 6 September 2021
  • Designating Alford Heritage Museum

    We are proposing to list the Alford Heritage Museum – a rare example of a largely complete, early 20 th century former livestock auction mart. We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this historic building at Category A in recognition of its special architectural and historic interest. Find out more about listed buildings . Image courtesy of Alford Heritage Museum Members of the public are encouraged to send... More
    Opened 31 August 2021
  • Historic Environment Policy for Scotland Two Years On - Have Your Say

    Two years on from the introduction of the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS), we are seeking your views on how the policy is performing. This survey is for everyone. Whether you have never heard of HEPS before, use it everyday, or are somewhere in between, your feedback is really valuable to us. It will help us to monitor the performance of HEPS and identify opportunities to provide additional support where needed. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes... More
    Opened 2 August 2021
  • HES Grants Refresh

    Background More than five years on from the last refresh of our grant programmes, we are reviewing and updating our approach. We would like your feedback to ensure that our grant programmes meet the needs of applicants and align with current policy and priorities regarding the historic environment and the wider outcomes it can deliver for society, the economy and the environment. We have developed a draft HES Grants Framework which sets out this new approach and... More
    Opened 26 July 2021
  • Holyrood Park and the Road Network

    Over the past year, we’ve trialled different hours of vehicle access for the road networks in Holyrood Park to help facilitate social distancing and support for wellbeing. To help understand the balance of needs for all park users, we've opened a survey to gather people's feedback on the road networks. We'd be very grateful for you to spend 5 - 15 minutes responding to this survey and sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues who use Holyrood Park. More
    Opened 28 June 2021
  • Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past

    Are you aware of modern gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland? We'd like to hear about them and your views on this important aspect of our heritage. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) aims to champion Scotland’s modern garden and designed landscape heritage through recording sites, improving online records and considering the most important sites for designation. Your nominations will help shape our latest heritage project. This survey has 6... More
    Opened 13 April 2021
  • Working On and Near to Scheduled Monuments

    Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is looking for your views on a new Managing Change Guidance Note: Working on and near to scheduled monuments. You can find the draft guidance note below or download a copy [PDF, 236KB). This new document is part of an ongoing review of historic environment policy guidance, following on from the launch of the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) in May 2019. Download the consultation questions in advance [print version,... More
    Opened 25 March 2021
  • Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

    In response to the issues and challenges facing the sector, and to support COVID-19 recovery activity, Make Your Mark is proposing a Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign and we would like your views on it. We appreciate the time you're taking to share your experience as a volunteer-involving heritage organisation. This survey has 12 questions and may take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous, and we are not collecting any personal data.... More
    Opened 14 October 2020
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