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Scotland's Historic Environment Data Strategy

                    Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop launches the SHED strategy

A new strategy designed to improve access to information about Scotland’s historic environment was launched in a speech by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, on 9th April 2014 at the opening of the Institute for Archaeologists Conference in Glasgow.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “Over the next ten years I hope that the `SHED’ will become a `pavilion’ of knowledge: inspiring, welcoming and integrating research of all kinds for a greater celebration and understanding of the Historic Environment.”


In 2010, Historic Scotland commissioned Dr Stephen Carter to set out a strategy for the development of Historic Environment Records (HERs) in Scotland, following consultation and debate around the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011. A Reference Group comprising key partners in central and local government helped to guide his work.

The Carter Report provided valuable contextual information, and ideas about real, potential and perceived needs. It suggested ways of unlocking the huge potential of the information in HERs, and of ways of supporting the expert community in adding value to the information held in record systems.

Building on many of the ideas in the Carter Report, subsequent work through the SMR Forum from 2011 to 2013 has led to the creation of a new 10-year Strategy for Scotland’s Historic Environment Data.

The SHED Strategy

The SHED Strategy is a sector-wide initiative to protect, promote and enhance Scotland’s historic environment through coordinated activity to improve the data, and the associated systems and processes. The partnership includes government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), and academic institutions, but also supports the public’s involvement in the care and enjoyment of the historic environment through better records.

The SHED Strategy is being taken forward under the umbrella of the SMR Forum, which brings together many of the bodies that create and maintain records about Scotland’s historic environment.

The SHED Strategy, the Carter Report and associated documents can be downloaded from the SMR Forum website.

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