It emerged from a review of existing historic environment policy in Scotland, led by Historic Scotland on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, that Scotland needs an overarching Historic Environment Strategy that works both for today and for the future. It is essential that we manage and protect the historic environment it in the face of multiple challenges. And at the same time, we must also promote it, and focus on the significant cultural, social and economic benefits that it can continue to bring to the people of Scotland.
The new Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland will set the future direction and aspirations for Scotland’s historic environment. Central to this is the establishment of a new lead body will create the capacity and ambition to lead and support its delivery.
The decision to merge Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission follows the commissioning of a business case for merger in July 2012, which was, in turn, based upon the outcome of an option appraisal on securing the long term future of RCAHMS’ functions. Merger will ensure the long term sustainability of the functions of both organisations, drawing on the considerable strengths of them both to create a new body that is well equipped to lead and support the delivery of Scotland’s Historic Environment Strategy.
The consultation document is therefore set out in two parts.
Part 1 of the consultation covers the draft Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and seeks your views on the proposed strategic direction and priorities as well as the proposed structure for developing the detail of the Strategy and key measures of success.
Part 2 of the consultation covers Scottish Ministers proposal to merge Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).