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Scotland's Historic Environment Audit (SHEA)


Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA) provides an analysis of key trends in the historic environment sector. It draws on current data and research to show that Scotland’s historic environment is a unique asset, attracting millions of visitors each year and generating income and jobs across Scotland.

Our historic environment makes a valuable contribution to the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives and to the National Performance Framework.

SHEA Reports provide, in one place, key facts and figures that are of practical use for the sector in managing the historic environment and for anyone with an interest in the historic environment.  For example, data are provided on:

  • Numbers of recorded and protected assets
  • Condition of assets
  • Funding, management and employment
  • Benefits from the historic environment, such as visitor numbers, participation, economic value and attitudes


How are the results used?

SHEA makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base for the historic environment in Scotland.

It provides basic facts and figures about the historic environment and highlights gaps in our knowledge. Information is used by the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland, local authorities, and the historic environment sector as a whole to inform decisions on the management of the historic environment, and the development of policy, strategy, planning and resource allocation. Future editions of SHEA will contribute to measuring the success of Our Place in Time - The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland.

SHEA Reports are prepared by Historic Scotland with input from colleagues across the historic environment sector.


2012 Report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2012)

PDF icon Download the 2012 Summary Report here [pdf, 476kb]
PDF icon Download the 2012 Main Report here [pdf, 80kb]


2010 Report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2010)

PDF icon Download the Summary Report here [pdf, 306kb]
PDF icon Download the Main Report here [pdf, 1.7mb]
PDF icon Listed buildings by listing category by local authority at 31.3.10 [pdf, 29.6 kb]
PDF icon Scheduled monuments by local authority at 31.3.10 [pdf, 18kb]


2008 baseline data tables:  Indicators for Scotland's Historic Environment Audit  

PDF icon Theme A - Identification, designation and condition of the historic environment [pdf, 60kb]
PDF icon Theme B - Managing and resourcing the historic environment [pdf, 56kb]
PDF icon Theme C - Benefits of the historic environment [pdf, 86kb]


2007: A review of existing information for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit

This report is intended to fulfil the Ministerial instructions to gather available information on the state of the historic environment and to identify gaps in the evidence base. The immediate focus of the report is a survey of associated data, designed to inform future decisions on what baseline data to use for the future audit process.
Download a free copy of  A review of existing information for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit.[1.68 mb]







Contact us

Karen Robertson
Senior Research Manager
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Tel: 0131 668 8813