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News and updates - Historic Scotland and RCAHMS

This section contains all the relevant information and news on the merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland).

The 12-week public consultation on the new strategy for Scotland’s historic environment and the merger of Historic Scotland and RCAHMS is now complete.


RCAHMS & Historic Scotland Merger update - August 2013

The end of the consultation is a milestone in our transition process. 

The views expressed through this consultation will play an important part in shaping the legislation for the new body and the wider framework within which it will operate. 

Equally important, the feedback will help directly in developing the identity and character of the new body itself. 

We are committed to building upon the very best of both existing bodies while also creating room for future improvement. 

The consultation process has been supported by a wide range of partners and stakeholders, so we’d like to thank those who took the time to get involved.

We will now examine all of the consultation submissions, including partial responses, and prepare a factual report and analysis which will be submitted to Scottish Government. 

It will be used by the team preparing the Bill to help inform the legislation and by the Strategy team in their development work. 

The consultants’ report is expected in Novemeber and will be published soon after that date.  


RCAHMS & Historic Scotland Merger Announcement - May 2013

Please see news release issued on 08/05/2013 and visit the merger page for information on the announcement made by Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop.


RCAHMS & Historic Scotland Transition Programme - External Update - November 2012


In this update:

  • New Director of Culture and Heritage
  • Stakeholder survey
  • Getting in touch

New Director of Culture and Heritage

Aileen McKechnie has taken up post as Director of Culture and Heritage in the Scottish Government. This is a new post within the directorate for Strategy and External Affairs.

Ian Walford and Diana Murray will continue as joint Senior Responsible Officers for the transition programme and will both report to Aileen on progress.

Stakeholder Survey

Many thanks to all our stakeholders who took the time to complete the recent survey, which ended on 23 November.

The feedback collected as part of this process will prove invaluable to the transition process and ODS Consulting will be reporting back on their findings in January.

Comments and queries

If you have any comments or queries, you send them to the dedicated transition programme mailbox: rcahms-hs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Previous Updates:

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - November 2012 (survey)

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - September 2012

Working Together to Secure Scotland's Heritage - August 2012

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HS & RCAHMS programme team
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8810

E-mail: RCAHMS programme team