What are we working on now?
As well as our day to day work assessing listing and inventory proposals and maintaining the Dictionary of Scottish Architects
we also work on a number of other projects throughout the year.
A selection of the exciting projects we are working on in 2013-14 includes:
- Completing our nationwide review of public sporting buildings and writing a celebratory publication about Scotland’s sporting heritage ready for launch in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014
- Working in partnership with Network Rail, we will be completing our nationwide study of signal boxes and launching a free booklet about this distinctive building type. It will the first booklet in our new ‘buildings’ series
- Beginning a major new project with Scottish Canals to review all their canal structures across Scotland. This will help shape Scottish Canals heritage strategy and ensure that the best of our canal heritage is recognised through designation. We will be reviewing existing listed structures and assessing possible new additions to the list.
- Continuing our programme of reviewing buildings which are both scheduled monuments and listed buildings. Some buildings have both designations and we are working with our colleagues in Scheduling, Marine and Battlefields Team to remove this overlap wherever possible.
Along with our new search facility
and these updated listing web pages we are now looking at more ways to make our information accessible.
A key project for us in the coming year is a radical overhaul of the list description. It will be newly launched as a ‘listed building record’ and will have the facility to include photographs and a general location map. We will be consulting with key stakeholders about this proposed change.
We are also reviewing our publication Scotland’s Listed Buildings
to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.
Two new retail publications will be launched by the team this year.
- Building Knowledge - An Architectural History of the University of Glasgow
A unique collaboration between Historic Scotland and the University of Glasgow has resulted in a lavishly illustrated new book about the University’s architectural history.
For over 560 years the University has acted as a remarkable patron of architecture. Employing the finest architects, engineers and craftsmen of the day to realise its ambitions, unearths the extraordinary record of these partnerships. Much of the material in this fascinating book has never been published before.
Appealing to a wide audience this is a prestigious publication which celebrates some of Glasgow's most recognisable buildings. It was launched on 4 June and copies are available for sale from the University’s Visitor Centre Shop and at www.universityofglasgowshops.com
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for more information about the book.
- The first in our series of postcard packs – join us in celebrating some of Scotland’s most fascinating buildings in our first publication of this type. Twenty postcards produced in a handy ‘book’ format and at a very reasonable price. We’re keeping the subject of the first one under wraps under nearer the time of its launch. Keep checking our web pages for more information.
Following the success of incorporating new proposals and reviews of existing designed landscapes into our routine work on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
we are now asking stakeholders what they would like. This year we are launching an online questionnaire for stakeholders and users of the online Inventory search to seek their views on the Inventory and its future direction.
Similarly, we will be seeking views of users of the Dictionary of Scottish Architects
through an online questionnaire so that we can better define a strategy for its future.
In our day to day work we continue to see an increasing interest in post-war architecture. Deputy Head of Listing Dawn McDowell explains, “we consider buildings for listing which are over 30 years old and this means that buildings from around 1983 are now eligible for consideration for listing. This is an exciting part of our work and there is generally a greater interest now in post-war architecture. At the moment, for example, we are assessing a number of listing proposals for post-war churches in Edinburgh and the Lothians.”
For further information, please contact the Listing and Designed Landscapes Team: 0131 668 8701/8705 or email email@example.com