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Join with Junior Tour Guides to, virtually, explore Linlithgow Palace

Young people across Scotland are being encouraged by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to explore the magnificent Linlithgow Palace from wherever they may be, with the launch of an online learning resource including a new...

HES sites across Scotland set to reopen as Covid restrictions ease

As Edinburgh Castle gets ready to open its doors to visitors once more, the Honours of Scotland are set to go on public display again.The Honours, which includes the Crown and Sceptre of Scotland,...

HES prepare for reopening from 30th April

Historic Environment Scotland be opening their ticketed sites in phases starting from Friday 30 April when the 27 sites listed below will open up. From this date, HES will also open over 200 of...

Funding for recovery for Queen’s Hall and Out of the Blue

Historic Environment Scotland has granted over £1.9 million funding to 40 organisations to support recovery from the pandemic in the historic environment sector.This includes funding of £240,000 for the A-listed Queen's Hall for...

Heritage funding for East Lothian community projects

by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterA basket weaving project and film-making studio are among 18 community initiatives to share nearly £200,000 of heritage funding.Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has handed grants to projects which help...

Can you help to identify archive photos?

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has asked the public to help identify over 5,000 archive images which are now available online for the first time.In 2019-20, over 170,000 archive items from the HES archives were...

Family events in Holyrood Park today

Parkaeology, a new event run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), takes place this weekend Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September in Holyrood Park.This is part of the Scottish Archaeology Month celebrations when families can...
Art on walls at Summerhall

At Summerhall: Visible Girls: Revisited and Invisible Spaces*****

What makes a space invisible? Perhaps it is behind a door, on the other side of a wall, or even under the sea. Perhaps it is in plain sight, a place that is so...
Dunfermline Abbey © J.L Preece

Free Ticket Giveaway from Historic Environment Scotland

As part of the build-up to this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations, HES has thousands of free tickets to give away to some of the most iconic sites in the country on Saturday 24...

Spotlight on Craigmillar Castle this November

For the first few days of November there will be a light show at Craigmillar Castle courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland.Spotlight on Mary will light up the castle where Mary Queen of Scots nobles...

Book launch at Golden Hare for historical book

A new book showing how the landscape across the country is 'tattooed' with reminders of the past will be launched at Golden Hare Books next Wednesday 18 April.A History of Scotland's Landscapes by Dr...

Nominations Open for Commemorative Plaque Scheme

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are asking the Scottish public which figures from history they would like to see celebrated with a Commemorative Plaque.Nominations are now open for the national Commemorative Plaque Scheme. Now in...

Edinburgh pupils take part in animation film project

Parents of pupils at Forthview Primary School have attended the premiere of an animated film showcasing a project between their children, Historic Environment Scotland and SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network). Historic Environment Scotland have been...

Historic Environment Scotland launches first public consultation

If you want to know what is going to happen in the future you should always look at the history,  according to historians. Today, Scotland’s new lead heritage body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) launches its...


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