Historic Scotland launches consultation on Gaelic language plan
21 March 2011
Historic Scotland is to begin consultation on its Gaelic Language Plan from today (Monday 21st March).
The agency will outline its plans through the publication of a draft Gaelic Language Plan on its website www.historic-scotland.gov.co.uk/currentconsultations
and will be writing to a wide range of key stakeholders, including heritage, government and community groups, inviting comment.
In particular, the consultation will seek views on Historic Scotland’s plans to consolidate and build upon its existing Gaelic initiatives, including community engagement and education programmes.
The plan also outlines options to encourage the use and learning of Gaelic within Historic Scotland itself, and to promote it further through the agency’s interaction with other organisations, stakeholders and customers.
Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said;
“As the organisation responsible for the protection and promotion of our historic environment, Historic Scotland has a key role to play in celebrating Gaelic as a key part of the cultural make up of Scotland.
“There are already a number of areas where Gaelic is enhancing the user experience, for example the fantastic junior guides scheme in the Western Isles, which is helping school children to interpret Arnol Blackhouse to their peers.”
“This consultation provides an opportunity to build upon existing success stories and look to provide other ways to actively promote the role of Gaelic within the historic environment.”
The Plan is being prepared for consultation under the terms of The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act requires all government agencies to produce a plan which details the work, structures and initiatives in place to help protect the future of the language and ensure that it has a sustainable future.
The consultation will run from today for 12 weeks, after which time responses will be collated and the Plan adapted to take on board the comments received. The aim is to launch the final Plan by Autumn 2011.
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.