Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has set out its plan for the year ahead with publication of its Annual Operating Plan for 2018/19.
The plan outlines the key commitments for HES over the next 12 months to support its work as the lead public body for the historic environment, and details how the work of the organisation will ensure the historic environment thrives and delivers economic and social benefits for all of Scotland. This is underpinned by five strategic themes: Lead, Understand, Protect, Value and Perform.
Visitors to HES sites and users of resources such as Canmore, will see improvements stemming from the Operating Plan, as work continues to make properties, archives and digital resources more accessible. Investments totalling £12m are planned to take place through 2018/19 at more than 20 key sites.
Priorities set out in the Annual Operating Plan 2018/19 include:
- Protecting and maintaining the nation’s heritage assets through significant investment in HES’s Properties in Care and associated collections
- Continuing to invest in the wider historic environment through a £14.5m programme of grants, supporting regeneration and delivering tangible benefits to communities across the country
- Enhancing the experience of visitors to historic sites, which last year attracted a record 5 million visitors
- Developing innovative scientific and technical research and learning to both sustain traditional skills and foster new ways of caring for the historic environment
- Building on the increased awareness and engagement generated by the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to reach out to new audiences using opportunities such as the Year of Young People and the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: ‘This is an ambitious plan that builds on a successful 2017/18, and positions HES as a forward-looking organisation committed to ensuring the historic environment makes a positive difference to communities across the country.’