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Analysis of Historic Battlefield SHEP released today

20 October 2008

Responses to Historic Scotland’s consultation on Historic Battlefields have been published today (Monday, 20 October).

The consultation on the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) on Historic Battlefields ran between April and July this year. It was the ninth consultation on a SHEP that Historic Scotland has conducted. 70 responses were received from the public, heritage groups and other organisations. Those responses are available to view online.  

The Agency is considering the many constructive suggestions received and will prepare advice and suggest options for Ministers, who will then make a decision on the final format of the Historic Battlefield policy.

Dr Gordon Barclay, Historic Scotland Head of National Policy, who managed the consultation, said: “The Historic Battlefield SHEP received the highest response we’ve ever had to a SHEP consultation which proves how important the subject of Battlefields is to many people.

“Now, all the responses to the consultation will be considered by Ministers, with the aim of issuing a final policy document during 2009. The policy will set out the nature and scope of an Inventory of battlefields, criteria for selecting sites for inclusion, and what inclusion on an Inventory will mean - providing a practical approach to the protection of Scotland’s battle sites in the context of wider Scottish Government policy.”

Dr Barclay added: “We wish to thank all those individuals and organisations who shared their views with us. The consultation will help Ministers shape the final policy for this important part of Scotland’s heritage.”

Notes for editors
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit

  • The Scottish Historic Environment Policy  (SHEP) series sets out Scottish Ministers strategic policies for the historic environment and provides greater policy direction for Historic Scotland

  • In preparing the consultation paper Historic Scotland commissioned research from the Battlefields Trust and the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University. The consultation closed on July 24

For further information

Lisa Nicholson
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852 or 07500 065 438