The second Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Annual Report covers the financial year 2016-17. The document highlights the increasing value of heritage to Scotland’s economy and the significant contribution the organisation is making to a range of other agendas including education, skills and training and community development.
During the reporting period, HES welcomed over 4.3 million visitors to its properties in care - an increase of 12% on the previous year; increased membership numbers to over 172,678 and invested £15.4 million through a grants programme helping fund repairs on hundreds of projects, and stimulate regeneration in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.
The report also shows HES generated over £48 million in income from its 336 properties in care, engaged with more than 100,000 learners through various outreach and educational activities and launched a new Carbon Management Plan while reducing energy consumption across its estate and saving 90 tons of carbon in the process.
We also published our first HES annual report on the upkeep and management of our Properties in Care (PICs) in combination with the Annual Report 2016-17.