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We are creating a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. We will continue to keep you up to date on developments. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.


From time-to-time our site requests information from users via competitions or surveys. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information.

The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and address), and geographical information (such as postal code). Contact information will not be shared with any third parties unless we give prior notice and choice. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, they may not use users' personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Competitions are not open to employees of Historic Scotland, their immediate families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. No cash alternative is available. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Historic Scotland reserves the right to offer an alternative if the prizes offered are not available. Historic Scotland is not responsible for any entries which may be lost in transmission. Historic Scotland reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose competitions without prior notice in the event that unforeseen circumstances make this unavoidable.

Rules relating to individual competitions will be posted in this section.

Big Draw Competition: #DrawHistory

As part of the Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing competition, and to celebrate the installation of over 70 new interpretation panels at our sites, we are running a drawing competition.

  • Draw an illustration of how one of our sites might have looked like in the past, i.e. a reconstruction drawing. This can be based on facts, events or on your imagination.
  • We recommend visiting your chosen site and talking to our on-site staff who will be able to provide you with a lot of information and interesting stories. We have also written a blog about the process of drawing a reconstruction illustration.
  • Any drawing method and style is allowed. There will be two categories, under-14s and adults.

To enter:
  • Share your drawing on Twitter using hashtag #DrawHistory together with your name and age. Alternatively, send them to or via post to Historic Scotland, Sabine Kurz, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH.
  • The deadline is midnight on Saturday 31st October 2015.

  • The first prize in both categories will consist of a goodie bag containing Historic Scotland retail products. The top drawings will also be published on our Chain Mail Blog as well as our social media channels. Winners will be announced on or before the 9th November 2015 on Twitter (@welovehistory).
  • Prize is not transferable.
  • Prize is subject to availability.

Historic Scotland employees and their families are not eligible to enter. Entrants under 16 years old must have their guardian’s consent.
Historic Scotland reserves the right to use the winners’ names in PR surrounding the competition, and to share submitted entries across Historic Scotland social media channels.