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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

We’re a non-departmental public body with charitable status. We’re governed by a Board of Trustees, who were appointed by Scottish Ministers.  We are a significant employer with over 1600 staff employed across Scotland.

We’re responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in our care include Edinburgh CastleSkara BraeFort Georgeand numerous smaller sites, which together draw more than 5 million visitors per year to our cities, towns and communities across the length and breadth of Scotland.

We’re 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.

We invest about £14 million a year in national and local organisations through our grant programme, supporting building repairs, ancient monuments, archaeological work, place improvement schemes and strategic partnerships which deliver support to the sector.

We provide advice and support to help people understand, protect and celebrate the heritage in their place. Our conservation experts provide guidance, training and technical research into Scotland’s built environment. Through our outreach programme, we promote community and individual learning engagement with Scotland’s heritage. We contribute to the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.