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News and updates - Historic Scotland and RCAHMS

This section contains all the relevant information and news on the merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland).

RCAHMS & Historic Scotland Merger update - July 2014

The new public lead body for the sector Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is to be created by bringing together Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The formation of HES has recently taken a significant step forward.

The Historic Environment Scotland Bill, which will establish the new organisation, was recently debated by the Scottish Parliament. Its general principles were agreed and the Bill can now proceed through further stages of Parliamentary scrutiny towards Royal Assent.

Scottish Ministers will shortly be looking to appoint a Chair and up to eleven Members to the HES Board: people from a range of backgrounds with the vision and skills required to help deliver the ambitious agenda for HES, as set out in Scotland's first strategy for the historic environment Our Place in Time. The Board will be able to familiarise themselves with the work of HES before it takes up its role in October 2015.

In addition to these constructive steps, the first meeting of the Strategic Historic Environment Forum took place on 23rd June. The Forum will provide direction and oversight of implementation and delivery of the Strategy.

During the Parliamentary debate Fiona Hyslop also announced that grant funding for Scotland’s historic environment should remain at the current level of around £14.5 million next year, and that Historic Scotland would maintain its overall grant budget at current levels of approximately £14.5 million in 2015/16.

Fiona Hyslop said: "This underlines the Scottish Government's commitment to protecting and preserving Scotland's incredible built heritage for future generations and to ensuring the historic environment continues to play an important role supporting local communities and the Scottish economy."

Read the full debate or watch it again on Parliament TV (from the 1hr 26m mark).


Key Milestones

August 2014
Stage 2 debate at Scottish Parliament

November 2014
Stage 3 debate at Scottish Parliament

Early 2015

Bill receives Royal Assent
Secondary Legislation and Commencement Orders enter Parliament

April 2015

HES legally established and Board of Historic Environment Scotland begins work

October 2015
The new body takes on full responsibility


Previous Updates

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - November 2012 (survey)

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - September 2012

Working Together to Secure Scotland's Heritage - August 2012


Other Resources

RCAHMS - Merger Information
Scottish Government - Historic Environment Information

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