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Scotland’s Towns Partnership joins forces with Historic Environment Scotland 

New partnership to enhance and preserve historical and cultural assets, boost community pride and help strengthen and grow local economies

A new partnership has been forged to embrace and enhance the immense potential of Scotland’s historic environment to contribute to  a better future.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has become a strategic partner of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP).

It is an agreement which will bring a closer working relationship between the organisation which sustains and enhances the benefits of Scotland’s historic environment for people and communities with that which champions the nations towns and places.

The partnership will increase awareness and use of the various funding programmes HES has which enable the promotion and protection of the Historic Environment, including the  Heritage and Place Programme, as well as highlighting the support that HES may be able to provide towards regeneration projects.

STP will also help raise awareness and implementation of the new sector strategy for the Historic Environment,  Our Past, Our Future , looking specifically at what it means for towns.

Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

STP Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie said: “This is a really important partnership for us – one which has the potential to open up significant opportunities for our network and communities more broadly.

“Whether it is making the most of our cultural assets,  repurposing historic town centre buildings to become places where people can live or talking about the heritage of a town, we can ensure that communities feel pride in their places, while preserving and enhancing them for future generations.”

STP is the go-to national body for Scotland’s town centres and provides policy expertise, advice and best practice guidance to support a wide range of projects, including Scotland Loves Local. It is also the umbrella organisation for Scotland’s Improvement Districts.

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. In addition to having responsibility for the conservation and management of over 300 properties across the country, HES works with partners and stakeholders to ensure that the historic environment thrives and delivers economic and social benefits for the people of Scotland. 

Alison Turnbull, Director of External Relations and Partnerships at HES, said:

“We are delighted to be strengthening our engagement with STP.  Their reach across the country and focus on ensuring towns thrive provides a great opportunity to promote and advocate for the historic environment as a key element of successful placemaking. 

“It will also ensure more communities are aware of the resources available to understand the heritage of their town and support their aspirations for the future.”