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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland launched on 1 October 2015.

The Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 established Historic Environment Scotland as a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with a general function of investigating, caring for and promoting Scotland's historic environment.

Historic Environment Scotland combines the functions previously performed by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 

Historic Environment Scotland will lead the delivery of Our Place in Time through collaboration and partnership work across the historic environment sector and beyond. 

Historic Environment Scotland Documents

Downloadable documents:

Title:Historic Environment Scotland
Description:Information relating to Historic Environment Scotland.
File:Letter of Guidance [PDF, 3393.4 kb: 01 Oct 2015]
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File:Framework Document Cover Letter [PDF, 133.7 kb: 01 Oct 2015]
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File:Framework Document [PDF, 366.4 kb: 01 Oct 2015]
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File:Transfer Scheme - Staff [PDF, 70.2 kb: 21 Jan 2016]
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File:Transfer Scheme - Property [PDF, 483.2 kb: 21 Jan 2016]
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Scheme of Delegation for the Properties in Care and associated collections

Scottish Ministers have responsibility for the management and conservation of a number of historic properties.  The functions relating to the care and management of the Properties in Care and collections associated with them have been delegated to Historic Environment Scotland under Sections 3 and 8 of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 in two schemes of delegation.  These set out the functions that have been delegated, the terms of the delegation and any limits which are placed on its extent.

The 2014 Act provides that Scottish Ministers must compile, maintain and publish a list of Properties in Care in relation to which they may delegate their functions.  Functions related to all these properties have been delegated to Historic Environment Scotland under the scheme.

Historic Environment Scotland principles, policies and standards

To support the implementation of the schemes, Historic Environment Scotland are required to develop and publish a range of principles, policies and standards that will govern what they do.  These can be found on the Historic Scotland website

Historic Environment Scotland are working to finalise all the required principles, standards and policies over the next year and have set out the framework which supports the implementation and the timetable for full delivery in a letter from Jane Ryder to the Cabinet Secretary.

Schemes of delegation

Downloadable documents:

Title:Historic Environment Scotland
Description:Information relating to Historic Environment Scotland.
File:The scheme of delegation for the Properties in Care [PDF, 235.9 kb: 30 Sep 2015]
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File:The scheme of delegation for the collections associated with the Properties in Care [PDF, 719.7 kb: 30 Sep 2015]
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File:List of Properties in Care of Scottish Ministers [PDF, 29.0 kb: 30 Sep 2015]
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File:Letter setting out the framework and timetable [PDF, 662.2 kb: 01 Oct 2015]
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