About Us

Our brand

Our brand guidelines set out the values, mission and brand structure for Historic Environment Scotland.

1 Overview

Historic Environment Scotland was created in October 2015. We build upon the work of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

We are the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

We lead and enable Scotland’s first historic environment strategy Our Place in Time, which sets out how our historic environment will be managed. It ensures our historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations.

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2 Our vision

Our vision is a statement of what success looks like for us.

We aim to make sure Scotland’s heritage is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride by everyone.

3 Our mission

This sums up our goals as an organisation and the philosophy behind them.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge and understanding of our cultural heritage. We want to protect and conserve it for the enjoyment, enrichment and benefit of everyone, both now and for future generations.

We want to share and celebrate our heritage with the world.

4 Our values

Our values are the guiding principles for what we stand for as an organisation.

We stand for:

  • collaboration - we work closely and in an inclusive way with others to achieve shared goals
  • professionalism - we strive for excellence in everything that we do
  • innovation - we are forward looking and creative, embracing change
  • openness - we are transparent in our business and in our relationships
  • respect - we show respect for the contribution everyone makes and in the way we treat each other

5 Our brand and structure

Our new logo is based on the concept of a keystone. These are found across the built historic environment which is seen as a symbol of strength and stability. They bring elements together to create a coherent whole.

We bring together the wide range of work carried out by Historic Scotland and RCAHMS, and with it a number of sub-brands of the main Historic Environment Scotland brand have been created.

Beneath our main brand are seven sub-brands. These sub-brands are: