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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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A Historic Scotland membership lets you experience fantastic days out at castles, abbeys, cathedrals and more across Scotland. By purchasing a membership, you also contribute to the conservation of over 300 attractions and help our collections, research and archives to flourish. Join today to explore Scotland’s heritage and help preserve it now and for future generations.

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

  • free access to Stirling, Edinburgh and Urquhart Castles and heritage attractions across Scotland
  • free entry to daytime events at our sites
  • a 20% discount in our shops and a 10% discount in our cafes
  • playing a part in the conservation of Scotland’s historic sites and preserving traditional skills, archives and collections
  • 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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Our memberships are flexible and affordable, so you can choose the type that’s right for you. We have options for:

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The benefits

  • Free admission

    Free admission to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles and heritage attractions across Scotland

  • Preserve our heritage

    Help preserve Scotland’s heritage now and for future generations

  • 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

  • Free Events

    Free entry to events at our sites

  • Entry to other attractions

    Discounted entry to Manx, English Heritage and Cadw sites