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10 September 2020

HES partners on new project to assess Empire’s mark on key buildings

Researchers are reappraising Scotland’s built heritage to form a fuller picture of the British Empire’s impact on the country’s historical architecture.

Bird's eye view of a tall monument in a green square in the centre of a city.

Managing Imperial Legacies is a two-year project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and involving the University of Edinburgh, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) which will bring together heritage specialists, public bodies and third sector organisations, as well as the wider public.

Historic sites that will be initially explored include Glasgow Cathedral, Stanley Mills in Perthshire – both of which are in the care of HES – and the Royal Northern Infirmary in Inverness.

A factory building a sunset

Stanley Mills was built in the 1780s. Harnessing the power of the River Tay, the mill produced textiles from locally grown flax and imported cotton.

Alison Turnbull, Director of Development & Partnership at HES, said “We’re pleased to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh and CRER on this important project. Our historic environment is the story of Scotland – it tells us about our past, and can help us understand our future.

"Our built environment shows us how Scotland has been shaped by its role in empire, and this project will further examine, explore and uncover that legacy."

Read the full press release on the University of Edinburgh’s website.