Chair: Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
The Forum will provide top level leadership across heritage organisations and other bodies that can contribute to realising the shared vision for the historic environment as outlined in the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland:
Our vision for Scotland’s historic environment is that it is understood and valued, cared for and protected, enjoyed and enhanced. It is at the heart of a flourishing and sustainable Scotland and will be passed on with pride to benefit future generations.
The overall aim of the Forum is to drive progress towards achievement of the Strategy’s key outcome: To ensure that the cultural, social, environmental and economic value of Scotland’s heritage makes a strong contribution to the wellbeing of the nation and its people.
The new Forum, which will help support delivery of our shared vision for the historic environment, will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs and will meet twice a year. The main functions of the forum are:
- To champion Scotland’s historic environment by providing strategic advice and direction on its management and promotion.
- To ensure the cultural, social, environmental and economic value of our heritage continues to make a major contribution to the nation’s wellbeing by delivering our shared vision for Scotland’s historic environment.
- To promote the Strategy by encouraging and celebrating collaboration and leadership at all levels across the sector.
- To work in partnership on issues of national importance, aligning partners’ activities and resources to deliver on agreed priorities for the historic environment.
Landscape and the Historic Environment Common Statement – Scottish Natural Heritage website