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Browse our varied publications, ranging from visitor guides and coffee table books to conservation guidance leaflets and academic reference reports.
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This publication is a photographic survey of thatched buildings in Scotland, surveyed between May 2014 and August 2015 by Zoe Herbert, on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
Scotland's Theatre Architecture
A thematic study of Scotland’s historic theatre buildings. In 2008-09, Historic Environment Scotland worked with The Theatres Trust to review the historical significance Scotland’s theatres.
This assessment to establish the extent and character of metal detecting in Scotland was conducted by GUARD Archaeology Limited, having been commissioned by HES and the Treasure Trove Unit (TTU).
The Ballachulish Slate Research Report is a report on work undertaken investigating Scottish slate from Khartoum Quarry. Extraction and testing of Slate from Khartoum Quarry, Argyll.
The full report on excavations at the stone ring and alignments at Calanais in the Western Isles. The digs took place between 1980 and 1986 in advance of repairs to the ground, much worn by visitors.
The "Charlestown Limeworks Research and Conservation" report constitutes the findings of extensive archival research and offers an introduction to the development of lime production at Charlestown.
Review the results of an initial baseline assessment of the risks posed by climate change to HES Properties in Care. It uses a number of datasets to determine the risk of damage and loss to sites.
Climate Risk Assessment
An application of the Climate Vulnerability Index
Intervention on Future Policy and Resources
"Consequences of Past Stonecleaning - Intervention on Future Policy and Resources" is a research report assessing the effects different cleaning regimes had on natural stone.
"Development of Sash and Case Windows" is a detailed account of the historical evolution of the sash and case window, detailing the gradual technical and aesthetic refinements.
The NTS, National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Historic Scotland have joined forces to make it easier for groups and FITs to discover Scotland's most famous Jacobite sites.
"EFFESUS Partner Historic Scotland - Activities" is a summary of activities in Scotland relating to EFFESUS, a European research project on energy efficiency in historic districts.