By combining the functions of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), the Bill will create a new Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) to ensure that maximum public benefit is delivered for Scotland’s historic environment.
The historic environment is at the heart of Scotland’s cultural identity. It makes a significant economic, social and cultural contribution to the nation.
The Bill will enable the new body to play a leading role in investigating, recording, caring for, protecting and celebrating this historic environment, allowing partners, stakeholders, communities and individuals to contribute to these functions.
The Bill will ensure that these functions are delivered to best effect, bringing them together into a single body and setting them in statute for the first time. RCAHMS’ functions are currently defined in the organisation’s Royal Warrant, and legislation is required to ensure they become statutory functions of the new body.
Earlier this year a joint consultation was carried out on the proposals for the merger of Historic Scotland and RCAHMS and the development of a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland.
Historic Scotland was created in 1991 as an executive agency from the Historic Buildings and Monuments Division within the Scottish Office. Its role is to undertake, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, statutory functions to protect and promote the historic environment. Historic Scotland cares for 345 historic properties and sites on behalf of Ministers, who hold them in trust for the people of Scotland. The organisation has approximately 1,100 full time employees.
RCAHMS was established in 1908 by Royal Warrant. Its mission is to help people to value and enjoy their surroundings, provide a world-class record of the historic and built environment to local, national and international audiences, and advance understanding of the human influence on Scotland’s places from earliest times to the present day. It has around 104 staff.