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We're changing

We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

Change in the historic environment

Early medieval fort
The historic environment is not static.  It is dynamic and subject to constant pressure for change. This offers exciting opportunities for enhancing the places where we live and work.

Managing the historic environment effectively means identifying the contribution the historic environment makes to the spirit of a place, to its historic character and to its identity and distinctiveness. At the same time as conserving what is important, we can adapt places and buildings for the future in an informed, sustainable and creative way.

Managing change within the historic environment is not a matter for any single organisation alone. It involves good, early communication across a wide spectrum of stakeholders and establishing effective partnerships for action. It is this that will allow the historic environment to continue to make a positive contribution to the development of our places and spaces, while at the same time maintaining its integrity and value for future generations.

Contact us

Heritage Management Directorate
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8716