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New funding for heritage advisory body

23 March 2010

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture today announced that Historic Scotland is giving a three year cash commitment of more than £360,000 in order to help support the Built Environment Forum Scotland, (BEFS), become the intermediary body to represent the historic environment through the Voluntary Sector Funding Programme.

The funding will be in three tranches:

2010 – 2011 - £120,000
2011 – 2012 - £123,600
2012 – 2013 - £127,308

The Minister said: “This funding will help BEFS establish itself as the one-stop-shop for the viewpoints of the historic environment voluntary sector. Their members meetings, workshop discussions and working groups will provide invaluable feedback on Government policies.”

Robin Burley, Chairman of BEFS said: “We are delighted with Historic Scotland’s support which is fantastic encouragement and an endorsement of the work of our members.  Our plan is for BEFS to grow into a strong and coherent force for celebrating and improving Scotland’s places by representing historic and built environment interests nationwide  My first priority is now the recruitment of a Director and this funding package will ensure a great deal of interest in an opportunity which will make a real difference to the heritage we leave for future generations to enjoy.”

Notes for editors

  • BEFS is an independent organisation which supports its members by raising awareness of and facilitating joint issues of common interest within the historic sector.  It brings together voluntary and professional bodies across the built environment sector in order to promote and influence new design and sustainable development.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956866

Robin Burley
BEFS Chair
07774 127809

Pernilla Rinsell
Forum Co-ordinator
0131 220 6241