Historic Environment Scotland (formerly Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland)
Historic Environment Scotland is the new lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. Created by the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014, the new body incorporates and will build on the strengths and expertise of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) who have been managing and recording the historic environment for over a century.It will lead and enable delivery of Our Place in Time, Scotland’s first ever strategy for the historic environment, which sets out how the historic environment will be carefully managed to deliver real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people. The success of this strategy will ensure the diverse historic environment is cared for and protected, understood, valued, enjoyed and enhanced now and for future generations.The organisation is responsible for the management of over 300 properties of national importance, or “properties in care”, under a formal Scheme of Delegation from Scottish Ministers. Under the title of Historic Scotland it is one of the largest operators of paid-for visitor attractions in Scotland and a major contributor to Scotland’s economy. Buildings and monuments of national significance include Edinburgh Castle – Scotland’s number one visitor attraction – Neolithic Orkney, Fort George, Melrose Abbey and numerous small local sites, attracting more than 3 million visitors a year.Responsible for the internationally significant collections transferred from RCAHMS including over five million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts and over 20 million aerial images of locations around the world. Improved accessibility to these world class resources for reference, study and research ensure that our historic environment is more widely appreciated, understood and celebrated.