What heritage means to the Scots

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Brodrick Castle

Brodrick Castle © The National Trust for Scotland

In Scotland, 2017 has been designated the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

To support this Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced a national campaign to find out what heritage really means to the people of Scotland.

‘What’s Your Heritage?’ is a multi-channel project that asks members of the public to reveal which of Scotland’s places, buildings and monuments they want to see recognised and celebrated. HES hopes to uncover some not that widely known and, perhaps, some unusual examples of heritage for future generations to enjoy. Don’t think that this just means castles or palatial homes. It is just as interested in theatres, pubs, schools and industrial buildings.

statue of Walter Scott in Edinburgh

Who should join the great and good with a plaque in Scotland?

HES will also run a series of workshops across the country to give people a chance to participate. HES has also created a digital toolkit which is available to organisations or groups that would like to run their own workshop. A social media campaign #MyHeritageIs invites people to share their pictures and thoughts. The feedback captured will be used to help shape new policies that will assist the organisation in protecting and celebrating historic sites. Share your ideas and thoughts with them on their survey page by clicking here or going to  www.historicenvironment.scot/whatsyourheritage

In addition, HES is asking members of the public to help commemorate unrepresented figures from the country’s past.

Since the plaque scheme was launched four years ago, 43 plaques have been awarded. 39 of these went to men, 16 to women (some plaques included multiple women) but there has yet to be a single plaque awarded to minority or ethnic figures from the country’s history. HES are now asking people to help redress the balance by identify buildings with a connection to underrepresented figures from our country’s history.

The only criteria HES insists upon is that the person nominated has been deceased for at least twenty years, and that the building where the plaque is to be erected has a close connection to that person.  Applications can be submitted by clicking here.

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