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What are we working on now?

Garthamlock and Cranhill Water Towers

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 exciting projects throughout the year.

As 2013 comes to an end and we welcome in the New Year, the team is busy working on:

  • The completion of our nationwide review of public sporting buildings and the publication of a celebratory book about Scotland’s sporting heritage. This will be ready for launch in time for the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2014.
  • The launch of a free booklet about signal boxes in Scotland. Having worked in partnership with Network Rail, our nationwide survey of this distinctive building type is now complete. The booklet will be the first in our new ‘buildings’ series.
  • The continuation of a major project with Scottish Canals to review all of their estate across Scotland. The results will help shape Scottish Canals heritage strategy and ensure that the best of their canal heritage is recognised through designation. We are reviewing existing listed structures and assessing possible new additions to the list.
  • The continuation of an important programme to review buildings which are both scheduled monuments and listed buildings. Some buildings have both designations and we are working with our colleagues in the Scheduling, Marine and Battlefields Team to remove this overlap wherever possible.

We continue to look for ways to make our information more accessible.

In 2013 we upgraded the search facility and updated these listing web pages. In 2014, we will publish a revised edition of our publication Scotland’s Listed Buildings to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.

Having completed a very useful consultation exercise with key stakeholders, we are also looking forward to the launch of the brand new ‘listed building record’. This is essentially a radical overhaul of the list description. We are taking forward the stakeholders' comments in developing a final version. The new record will have a more eye-catching design and will have the facility to include photographs and a general location map.

We are analysing the results of two online user surveys

In the late summer and autumn of 2013 we launched two online questionnaires on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects and the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

We were delighted to receive positive feedback and to learn more about who uses these resources and why.  Thank you to everyone who participated in both our online surveys.

Analysis of the data gathered continues, and we will publish online summaries of the results in due course.

For the latest news on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes please visit our Gardens Projects page.

Recent publications

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 or through Amazon. Check out the video on iTunes for more information about the book.

  • Pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow

A handy book of twenty postcards celebrating some of the best heritage pubs to be found in our two biggest cities. From grand and extravagant to the understated and simple, this publication showcases some of the most iconic pubs in the country, all of which are still enjoyed by patrons today.

This is the first in our series of postcard packs. It is available for sale at Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and also for online purchase from our Conservation website or through Amazon.

We would like to hear from you! Is there a particular issue you would like us to address or any advice which would make our website more user friendly? Send us your ideas by emailing us at contact us by telephone 0131 668 8701/8705.


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Dictionary of Scottish Architects

William Fraser

A web resource for anyone interested in the built environment and those who created it.

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Listing and Designed Landscapes
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8701/5