BEFS hosts workshops to bring together stakeholders to discuss a Government consultation or explore a strategic theme. Reports from the events are listed in date order.
BEFS held a lively workshop day with stakeholders from across the sector to review Historic Environment Scotland’s Policy Statement (HESPS), ahead of the HES consultations and review to be held in 2018. The Report produced from the day is to highlight and summarise key changes, and challenges suggested for future HES Policy, by attendees throughout the process. The information gathered on the day has been precisely (where possible) transcribed and is presented via a table.
In discussion participants identified a number of themes including the need for spatial unity between development plans, community plans and the National Planning Framework; risks to the historic environment associated with deregulation, with loss of policy and guidance; welcomed emphasis on local participation in the plan making process, with emphasis of the need to support and build capacity within communities to make this work.
The workshop was convened to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to consider draft findings for the 2016 Scottish Historic Environment Audit (SHEA). Participants were supportive of the SHEA for its impartial reporting of core information describing the ‘state of’ the historic environment. Discussion highlighted the desire to improve data consistency; to review the content and the sources of data; and to make use of digital opportunities in presenting data.
The purpose of the event was to develop a shared understanding of the work being undertaken by voluntary sector organisations in the field of Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage and to help identify how best to meet the demonstrable need of places of worship for support in a range of areas, and the resources necessary to deliver that support.
The workshop provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the draft Corporate Plan for Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Participants called for a stronger emphasis on the safeguarding role of HES, a collaborative tone, more on HES’ role in relation to strategic challenges facing the historic environment and more on how HES is different to its predecessors.
This workshop discussed the draft Implementation Plan of the SHED Strategy. A key theme was the need for the sector to understand the audience for historic environment data, and package data more effectively to meet the needs of both existing and potential users.
Presentation on the background and purpose of the NPF given to BEFS Historic Environmnet Working Group as part of a discussion on the indicator for the historic environment.
The workshop provided opportunity for practitioners to discuss the draft Archaeology Strategy for Scotland which was subject to stakeholder consultation. The consultation seeks feedback on the structure and content of the document.
Further pre-consultation on the draft corporate plan for HES suggests that the plan needs to explain its role in relation to others, that the plan should be more visionary; and that issues around potential charitable status and curatorial independence need to be addressed. Participants also suggested behaviours for HES, including ‘robust’, ‘openness’, ‘consistency’, ‘respect’.
BEFS held a workshop on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland, primarily as an information gathering exercise, gainst the legislative backdrop of its future move to Historic Environment Scotland, and possible changes to its link with Scotland Performs. Participants discussed what they value in the BARR, what requires improvement and what potential it holds. Its neutrality was clearly valued but some stakeholders require prioritisation of the buildings to direct public spend and multiple agencies need to promote the use of the data collected.
BEFS held a small workshop to discuss the direction of the draft corporate plan for Historic Environment Scotland. The session agreed that the Plan needs to be ambitious, visionary and improve current practice. The Plan needs to recognise HES as one of many players – as a supporter and enabler of others. An overall dual presentation of ‘guardian’ and ‘champion’ could be explored.
BEFS held a workshop in Edinburgh bringing together a range of stakeholders to discuss the consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill. The participants were drawn from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, Cockburn Association, Dedridge Community Council, Glasgow City Council, Historic Houses Association for Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Nick Allan Associates, Planning Aid for Scotland, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Royal Society of Arts Fellows’ Media Creative Industries, Culture & Heritage Network, Scottish Civic Trust, Scottish Government Historic Environment Policy Unit, Scottish Land & Estates, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
BEFS held workshops in Glasgow and Perth bringing together over 50 participants from the voluntary sector to discuss the consultation on the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the merger of Historic Scotland and RCAHMS. The participants were drawn from the network of the Scottish Civic Trust, Archaeology Scotland volunteers, National Trust for Scotland members’ centres and AHSS cases panels. There was keen interest in how the strategy would be implemented and concern that no functions were lost in the creation of a new body.
BEFS brought together nearly sixty delegates to discuss the consultation on the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, and also the merger of HS and RCAHMS. We were delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Culture who emphasised the Scottish Government’s support for cultural heritage and the need for stakeholders to work together in delivering the Strategy. Key themes included: taking the heritage sector out of its box, communicating value, role of specialists, workforce development, consistent and transparent decision-making, resilience of the sector as a whole, conservation at the heart of the new [merged] body, need for robust controls over Ministerial direction in relation to new body, importance of collaborative approach.
The Inventory of Historic Battlefields (06/03/13)
This seminar led by Historic Scotland sought views on practitioners’ use of a relatively new designation – the Battlefields Inventory – which was launched in 2011. The Inventory was welcomed by participants as a modern, dynamic designation. Discussion focussed around the landscape ‘character’ of the designation and the need to view the designation as a ‘trigger’ indicating potential archaeological interest.
A seminar led by Historic Scotland on current initiatives flowing from the Marine Heritage Strategy published in Spring 2012. The projects presented at the seminar demonstrate the range of techniques and challenges in understanding the marine historic environment. The creation of a comprehensive set of baseline data will help inform the management of our marine historic environment through the new system of marine protected areas under the National Marine Plan.