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What are we working on now?

Garthamlock and Cranhill Water Towers

As well as our day to day work assessing listing and gardens proposals, and maintaining the Dictionary of Scottish Architects we also work on a number of other exciting projects throughout the year.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects

The project to add architects who practised in the period before 1840 is now well under way and architects beginning with the letters a to c have largely been entered. The increasing availability of online resources such as the catalogue compiled by Dr Joe Rock of Edinburgh Dean of Guild drawings, digitised 18th century newspapers and digitised genealogical information is proving invaluable to this project.

We’ve recently launched new publications

Spotlight on Architects series

A series of short introductory essays on the diverse and fascinating work of a selection of Scotland’s talented local architects. The essays are available to download at or you can click below for the first in our series on the Elgin architect, John Wittet (1868-1952).

PDF icon John Wittet 1868-1952 [pdf, 2.5mb]

Scotland’s Sporting Buildings

In the year that Scotland plays host to the Commonwealth Games for the third time, and the Ryder Cup is played at this new book celebrates the diverse range and outstanding quality of historic purpose-built sporting architecture that exists across the country. Available to buy from all good bookshops. (RRP £11.99 ISBN 978 1 84917 150 2).

Scotland’s Heritage: Architecture and Monuments postcards packs

A striking selection of images in twenty postcards celebrating some of Scotland’s most outstanding buildings and monuments. These postcard packs showcase some of the most iconic buildings and monuments in the country and are available from all good bookshops. (RRP. £7.99 Architecture: ISBN 978 1 84917 152 6; Monuments: ISBN 978 1 84917 153 3).

Scotland’s First World War

An extensively illustrated new book, Scotland’s First World War, explores the physical legacy of the war in Scotland. It is available to buy from all good bookshops (RRP £11.99 ISBN 9781 84917 151 9). For more information on the commemoration of the First World War in Scotland you can visit the dedicated website created in partnership with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Scotland’s Signal Boxes

A new free booklet celebrating a fascinating part of our railway heritage. The booklet is available to download or you can view a digital edition and a small number of printed copies are available by emailing

PDF icon Signal Boxes [pdf, 3mb]

View a digital edition on Issuu.

In 2014, the team is busy working on:

  • Following the completion of our nationwide review of canal buildings on the Scottish Canals estate we are working in partnership with Scottish Canals on a celebratory retail publication about Scotland’s canal history, due to be launched in Spring 2015.

  • Beginning a major listing review of buildings within the University of Edinburgh estate, to coincide with the launch of a book about the University’s architectural legacy in 2016.

  • A review of buildings in the conservations areas of Ardersier, Highland and Pitfodels, Aberdeen, requested by Highland Council and Aberdeen City Council respectively.

  • Adding pre-1840 architects to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

  • Continuing to review buildings which are both scheduled monuments and listed buildings. Some buildings have both designations and we are working to remove this overlap through a 3-year programme.

We continue to look for ways to make our information more accessible.

In December we published a new edition of our publication Scotland’s Listed Buildings to ensure that it remains fit for purpose (digital edition available).

IWe now issue an ‘assessment against the listing criteria’ for listing consultations. These assessments provide more clarity and transparency about our decision making and will be used to inform the new ‘listed building record’ which will be launched in 2015. The new records will have a more user friendly design and have the facility to include photographs and a general location map.

For the latest news on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes please visit our Gardens Projects page

We would like to hear from you! Is there a particular issue you would like us to address? Send us your ideas by emailing us at call us on 0131 668 8701/8705.


View our range of publications about listed buildings.


Dictionary of Scottish Architects

William Fraser

A web resource for anyone interested in the built environment and those who created it.

Contact us

Listing and Designed Landscapes
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8701/5