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Options appraisal for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)

17 November 2011

Scottish Ministers have commissioned an options appraisal on the future of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

Responding to Claire Adamson MSP for Central Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining the important work of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in recording, maintaining and making accessible information on Scotland’s built environment. Their work represents a vital part of Scotland’s cultural heritage.

“However, as a small NDPB with a higher proportion of fixed costs, the current economic climate poses particular challenges. I have therefore commissioned Historic Scotland to undertake a strategic options appraisal on the future delivery of RCAHMS core functions. The review will be undertaken in collaboration with RCAHMS. It will start immediately and report early in 2012.”

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.


  • NDPB stands for Non-departmental public body


For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768096
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk