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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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Designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent
Interim guidance on the designation of Conservation Areas and Conservation Area Consent.
Interim document providing detailed guidance on the application of the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS).
Use and adaptation of listed buildings
Adapting a former electricity company building to form the first distillery in the Scottish Borders since the start of the Victorian period.
A discussion of the archaeological potential of the town of Mauchline.
Papers on the value of traditional building materials and techniques and promoting the use of Scottish resources.
Investigating Buildings and Urban Spaces
Guides to help you investigate, understand and survey Scotland's buildings and urban spaces.
Collecting and Sharing Memories
A guide on how to undertake your own oral history recording.
Researching Scotland's Towns and Cities
Guides to help you research Scotland's buildings and urban spaces using archives, online databases and newspapers.
This INFORM guide provides information about the maintenance and management of repairs in a shared building.
A look at remnants of Scotland’s industrial past.
This INFORM guide provides an overview of the types of biological growths that are commonly found on Scottish building and historic structures, and gives advice on their monitoring and management.
This INFORM guide document examines measures that can be taken to minimise the threat birds pose to our built heritage environment and the ways in which they can be controlled.