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Thank You

 

History may judge 2020 as being a year of unwanted significance. A year that has conspired to keep over 5,000 years of Scotland’s history tantalisingly out of reach. But thanks to the incredible support of our members, our history continues to be preserved and protected. So when the time comes, your nation’s treasures will be waiting for you.

You help us manage over 300 visitor attractions
Our role is to understand, protect, and provide access to Scotland’s heritage for everyone. Heritage which includes a national portfolio of prehistoric and historic monuments, as well as collections that represent around 5,000 years of Scotland’s past. Together they form a precious national asset and your membership helps us protect it for current and future generations.

You help keep Conservation alive
Our teams of specialist architects and technicians work to conserve and maintain over 300 monuments and buildings in our care all over the country. Thanks to you we can provide advice on maintenance, repair and conservation science, and promote the use of traditional building materials and the learning of traditional building skills.

As well as Traditional skills
In order to care for the built environment, it’s vital that we keep traditional skills alive. We work with key industry and sector partners to pass that knowledge from generation to generation, ensuring that Scotland’s historic environment will remain in good hands for many years to come.

And Learning
We have over 5,000 years of history to discover. That’s an incredibly rich learning resource for everyone. And making sure everyone has access to it is what drives us. We work across Scotland to give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, understand and be inspired by our historic environment.

And Climate Change and Climate Action
We need to take significant and urgent action to protect our past for the future. Our castles are at risk of coastal erosion and our forts threatened by floods. We share the Scottish Government’s vision of playing our part in mitigating global climate change. and your support will help us to meet that critical goal.

And Archives
We catalogue and document each of our items. It’s extensive and painstaking work that includes photographing, scanning and digitising originals to aid their preservation and broaden public access. This allows us to commission study programmes which broaden our understanding of those precious items and contribute to wider research objectives.

Not forgetting Collections
History never stops and neither does our appetite for discovery. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to acquire new objects and archives to develop and enhance our collections.

And Safeguarding
From glass plate negatives to industrial machinery, different objects require different care. Thanks to you we can work with specialists to monitor and conserve the items in our collections which makes sure they are properly preserved for future generations.

And Research
You help us to understand and care for Scotland’s historic environment. Research is vital for informing our work, and for promoting a broader understanding of our history and prehistory. Research includes surveying and recording, conservation science, physical and digital archiving, and measuring the historic environment’s social and economic value.

Thank you
Without you our rich heritage would suffer. We thank you for your support this year, and indeed, every year.

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Membership 

The days we remember aren’t spent in front of the telly or glued to our news feeds. They’re the times we get out there and have an adventure. Our annual membership lets you do just that by giving you unlimited access to Scotland’s rich history, amazing castles and unmissable events. So, what are you waiting for?

Members enjoy:

• free access to over 70 heritage attractions across Scotland
• free entry to over 400 daytime events a year
• a 20% discount in our shops and a 10% discount in our cafes

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Gift Membership

It is the perfect gift to surprise a loved one for any occasion, packed with adventures, fun days out and unlimited entry to Scotland’s rich history, amazing castle and unmissable events. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Membership Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8999
Email: members@hes.scot

Benefits

It’s good to be a member. Joining will entitle you to:

  • free entry to our heritage attractions across Scotland
  • free entry to more than 400 daytime events
  • a 20% discount in our shops
  • a 10% discount in our cafés
  • a 20% discount on an annual gift membership
  • a free quarterly members’ magazine
  • a membership pack, including membership cards and a handbook
  • Free entry to heritage attractions on the Isle of Man (Manx National Heritage). Half price entry to over 500 heritage attractions in England (English Heritage) and Wales (Cadw) in your first year. Free entry for all renewal and life members.
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Membership types

Our memberships are flexible and affordable, so you can choose the type that’s right for you. We have options for:

  • single adults, including concessions
  • joint membership
  • family membership
  • life membership
  • Gift membership

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The benefits

  • Free admission

    Free admission to over 70 heritage attractions across Scotland

  • Free events

    Free entry to over 400 daytime events a year

  • Retail and cafe discounts

    A 20% discount in our shops and a 10% discount in our cafes

  • Free magazine

    Our magazine delivered to your door every three months