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Future of Scotland's heritage sector to be focus of major convention

15 November 2010

The future of Scotland’s heritage sector is set to be the focus of a major convention and public exhibition in Edinburgh.  

The event, ‘My Home, My Place, My Scotland’, is being hosted by Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, and aims to look at the important role of heritage to Scotland, as a social, cultural, tourism and economic driver.

The convention, which will be held on Monday 15th November at the Roxburghe Hotel, will bring together representatives from Scotland’s public, private and voluntary sectors working across the cultural, creative and built environment for the first time to look at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Designed to act as a ‘call to action’ to the sector, the convention will look at identifying common objectives, sharing best practice and presenting a series of initiatives to the Minister on how the sector can work together to harness the vast potential of our heritage to deliver for Scotland.

Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said;

“Scotland’s heritage is one of our most important economic and social assets.

“Its contribution is far-reaching, from bringing new life and investment to our built environment, through to being a key driver for our tourism market, which is showing continued resilience in a challenging global market.

“The diverse contribution our heritage makes to Scotland is to be embraced, however it is also important that we come together to look at common agendas and how we can work together to maximise our rich heritage resources.

“This is key to helping the sector to deliver for Scotland, both as a place to live and work, as well as to visit and invest, and is a central part of our offering on the global stage.”

“A key part of this is engaging with people and the theme of the event reflects the variety of ways in which heritage touches the lives of people throughout Scotland.”

The impact that heritage has on people, and particularly within communities, will be a key focus of the convention. This will include looking at its role as a source of identity and belonging, as well as regeneration and employment, with the sector currently worth £2.3 billion to Scotland’s economy and supporting over 41,000 jobs.

This theme will be developed further in a free exhibition which will run on the day where the public are invited to find out more about the wealth of heritage resources on their doorstep, from archaeology and visitor attractions through to planning, skills and conservation.

The Minister continued;

“It is hugely important that the heritage sector engages with people at a local, regional and national level, and much of the convention will focus on how we take this forward.

“It is also however, a fantastic opportunity to share what has been achieved to date to promote and protect our rich heritage assets.

“The public exhibition will inform, inspire and encourage people to get involved with their heritage, to draw on our shared connections from the past, to help deliver for Scotland’s future.”

The convention will be chaired by Raymond Young, CBE. One of Scotland’s most respected architects Raymond was a founder member of ASSIST, the community architecture practice that pioneered both tenement rehabilitation and community-based housing associations in Glasgow. He is a non executive Director of Historic Scotland, and a former chair of Architecture and Design Scotland.
He said;

“I am delighted to be invited to chair this event.

“Our heritage has huge potential to deliver many benefits, both as something to be enjoyed and appreciated, but also as a driver to inject new life into communities.

“I am sure that it will stimulate a lot of debate, and will be a great opportunity for the sector to help shape its future direction and contribution.

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