Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation'


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We are delighted to have Historic Environment Scotland as our major partner for the preprints this year.

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. They lead on Scotland’s first historic environment strategy 'Our Place in Time', which sets out how the historic environment will be managed. It ensures the historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations.

HES are a non-departmental public body with charitable status. They're governed by a Board of Trustees, who were appointed by Scottish Ministers and are responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in our care include Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae, Fort George and numerous smaller sites, which together draw more than 5 million visitors per year.

Historic Environment Scotland are also responsible for internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world; investing about £14 million a year in national and local organisations, supporting building repairs, ancient monuments, archaeological work, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the voluntary sector.

Their conservation experts provide guidance, training and technical research into Scotland’s built environment. Through their outreach programme, HES promote community and individual learning engagement with Scotland’s heritage; contributing to the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.