Financing the Historic Environment Presentations

Insightful and colourful presentations from a range of speakers who contributed to BEFS two-day conference in Glasgow.

2017 is the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, a celebration of what gives Scotland its unique character and draws people to live, work and visit. Caring for these assets is a collaborative effort across the United Kingdom undertaken by a wide range of organisations, from voluntary community groups to large-scale commercial development, public bodies and local and national government.

These are challenging times for public sector budgets and while the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act creates the potential for transfer of historic assets to communities there remains a need for the commercial sector to invest in historic places. In a changing economic landscape, an era of rapid technological advancement and the need to mitigate the challenges of climate change there is no escape from the historic environment’s need for increased investment.

What are the challenges faced by the investment community in developing historic buildings? How does grant aided investment lever in additional funding and stimulate economic activity? How can local authority and public body asset management make the most of the historic environment? What makes small scale tourist sites financially viable? How are national heritage organisations approaching investment in their portfolios? How can the heritage sector help overcome any barriers?

BEFS two-day conference, organised in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and the BRICK programme run by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, explored these questions and how local communities can be at the heart of solutions. To find out more, view the presentations of our wide range of speakers across the two days:


Commercial Investment in the Historic Environment

Local Investment


Heritage Asset Management


  • Ian Marcus, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust


Heritage Tourism Investment


Access to Funding

Funding the National Collections


  • Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust

List of delegates who attended the conference.