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16 May 2022

HES publishes Annual Operating Plan for 2022-23

Inclusion, Sector recovery and Green agenda at the heart of HES’ route map for the next 12 months

One of our Digital Project Officers, laser scanning Skara Brae

We've published our Annual Operating Plan for 2022-23

The Plan, which sets out the organisation’s roadmap for delivery over the next 12 months has been shaped to reflect core priorities as Scotland continues to recover from the impact of Covid-19 with a focus on activities which deliver real public benefit from the historic environment.

The Plan focusses on six priorities: wellbeing, inequality and access, sector recovery, managing heritage assets, net zero, contributing to a stronger, greener and fairer economy and building HES.

Key activities include a focus on supporting Scotland’s net zero targets, responding to the impact of climate change on the physical condition of properties in our care, and working with the sector to support good, green job creation and skills development and advance the reuse and retrofit of historic buildings and heritage assets, integral to a net zero transition.

The Plan also highlights HES’ commitments to responsible tourism, whilst supporting the recovery of the wider sector and encouraging enterprise, investment, and development in the historic environment.

As part of the Plan, HES will be embedding a more regional approach to delivery across its work and creating opportunities to increase local engagement and participation in the historic environment.

The Plan, which supports the continued delivery of HES’ Corporate Plan, ‘Heritage for All’, is designed to be agile to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of recovery and prioritising resources to achieve maximum impact.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland said:

Our historic environment has shaped and makes up a significant percentage of Scotland’s towns, cities and rural infrastructure – it is part of our everyday lives and so is well positioned to support delivery of Scotland’s priorities and to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“The pandemic of course caused severe disruption and its impact will continue to be seen in key areas such as tourism which will take time to recover. However as we continue through this period of recovery it also provides an opportunity to look at how we can do things differently.

“There continues to be challenges ahead, including rising costs, the pressure on public finances and climate change however the historic environment is part of the solution. Through this Plan we are setting out how we aim to maximise the benefits that the historic environment creates for people and places, to help us live happier and healthier lives and to help build the wealth and wellbeing of our communities.

“This includes being adaptable, as well as reimagining how we lead, work in partnership with others, deliver our services and support the historic environment and prioritise our resources to make our contribution to a stronger, fairer, greener recovery and the wellbeing of Scotland.”

View our Annual Operating Plan 2022-23

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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For further information, please contact:

Iona Matheson
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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