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Culture Minister to call for spirit of collaboration at heritage summit

3 November 2009

Culture Minister Michael Russell will call for the fostering of a spirit of collaboration at the opening of the Built and Historic Environment Summit in Glasgow today (3rd November).

The summit, the first of its kind since devolution, will bring together over 100 representatives from Scotland’s key heritage and built environment bodies to discuss the future of the sector. The heritage industry alone is worth in excess of £2.3 billion to the Scottish economy, and supports more than 60,000 full time employees.

The Minister said: “We all share a collective passion for Scotland’s historic and built environment, and it is imperative that this is properly harnessed.

“This event is about looking at the ways in which we work, creating new collaborations, removing barriers and providing innovative solutions so we can deliver the best outcomes for the people of Scotland.

“As part of this, public bodies need to take a broad definition of their role, join up their work, and co-operate not compete.

“The challenge- both for those inside and outside government- is how we take partnership working to the next level. We need to build a Scotland which values the legacy of the past, and understand that if we approach it with the right attitude our rich patrimony- natural and man made- is the foundation for building a self confident future.

“Today’s summit provides an opportunity to discuss roles and share knowledge, as well as celebrating Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.”

The event, which will be held at Glasgow University’s Bute Hall, will be chaired by the Minister, and will look at key areas including partnership working, quality and sustainability and bringing together new design within the historic environment more effectively.

As well as speeches by the Minister, and Ruth Parsons, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland, presentations will also given by Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planner at the Scottish Government, Malcolm Cooper, Chief Inspector at Historic Scotland and Alistair MacDonald, Head of Planning at Glasgow City Council.

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

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

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