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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.
"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.
Edinburgh Castle Research
Research Investigating into the origins of names within Edinburgh Castle.
The development of Edinburgh Castle as a visitor attraction
Research report on the castle’s role as a gun house.
HES and City of Edinburgh Council have worked together to produce this short publication in response to the growing interest in buildings of this dynamic period of architecture and town planning.
A stimulating and informative publication, celebrating Glasgow’s post-Second World War built heritage.
A detailed examination of past land-use in Scotland and of the building-blocks that together make up our present-day landscapes.