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13 April 2017

HES Unveils Plan for Year Ahead

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published its Annual Operating Plan for 2017/18.

The HES Annual Operating Plan 2017-18 displayed in a fanned arrangement, with one on top in the centre at an angle
The plan outlines the organisation’s priorities under five strategic themes: Lead, Understand, Protect, Value and Perform.
Commenting on the new plan Alex Paterson, Chief Executive said:
"We had a strong 2016/17 and, in the coming year, we will build on that foundation. Our Operating Plan is ambitious, sets out our key commitments and the difference we aim to make."
"It also highlights the importance of working with partners to enhance and promote Scotland’s renowned historic environment and to increasing access to heritage for everyone, particularly in this themed Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology."
The plan’s commitments include:
  • Promoting economic, social and community benefits by ensuring the historic environment adds value locally and nationally
  • Investing in digitisation to provide increased access to the HES archive and collections
  • Continuing investment in the historic environment through our grants programme
  • Opening Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre,The Engine Shed in Stirling
  • Leading the way in climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability and supporting the transition to a low carbon economy