- Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an
executive agencyof the Scottish Government, responsible for historic monuments in Scotland.
Its website states:
It has direct responsibility for maintaining and running over 360 monuments in its care, about a quarter of which are manned and charge admission entry. Membership is available, renewable annually which admits the holder to all properties free of charge and equivalent sites in England and Wales (at half price in the first year and free thereafter). It publishes a quarterly magazine as well as many guidebooks and manuals, in partnership with
HMSOor private publishing companies.
Since its inception (as successor organisation to the Ancient Monuments Division of the
Ministry of Worksand the Scottish Development Department) it has increased the number of events run at its sites, most frequently designed to engage young people with history. Similarly, new museums and visitor centres have been opened, notably at Arbroath Abbeyand Urquhart Castle. There is also a hospitalitysection, which makes some properties available for weddingreceptions and functions.
As an arm of government, Historic Scotland has similar functions to its counterparts in other parts of the
English Heritagein England (although EH is a NDPBrather than part of central government, like the others)
Environment and Heritage Servicein Northern Ireland.
Historic Scotland's role has not been without controversy. In
2002, proposals to restore Castle Tioramin the West Highlands, by putting a roof back on, were blocked by Historic Scotland, which favoured stabilising it as a ruin. This position was supported in an extensive Public Local Inquiry at which the arguments for both sides were heard [ [http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/policyandguidance/inquiryreports.htm Castle Tioram Inquiry Report] ] . It has been implied that this dispute has led to a review of the operations of the organisation [ [http://news.scotsman.com/inverness.cfm?id=1379962002 Newspaper story about Castle Tioram controversy] ] . Such disputes on the proper way to conserve a building are common, but are normally resolved within an academic context. Some believe that Historic Scotland seems to have had trouble dealing with a dispute spilling over into a major public argument, and has been seen as autocratic and out of touch with the economic needs of rural Scotland.
Historic Scotland is currently consulting on and publishing a comprehensive series of Scottish Historic Environment Policy papers [ [http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/policyandguidance/sheps.htm Scottish Historic Environment Policy ] ] [ [http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/consultations.htm Consultations] ] .
Conservation in the United Kingdom
List of Conservation topics
* [http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Official website]
* [http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk The official Edinburgh Castle website]
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