Social Impact Pledge

Historic Environment Scotland

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  • The historic environment makes a real difference to people’s lives

  • The historic environment is looked after, protected and managed for the generations to come

  • The historic environment makes a broader contribution to the economy of Scotland and its people

  • The historic environment inspires a creative and vibrant Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to ensure that the historic environment makes a real difference to people’s lives and inspires a creative and vibrant Scotland.  We will do this through making a positive impact on communities and make better use of our assets, including our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next 12 months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact. 

                                                                    

Signed, Signature of CEOAlex Paterson, Chief Executive, March 2019                                                                                                                                                                   

1st Commitment

Social Value of the Historic Environment to Scotland

In partnership with Historic England we will develop a framework to measure the wellbeing benefits of the historic environment to individuals and communities.  Alongside that, HES is funding a PhD, jointly with Stirling University, on the social value of the historic environment. This is year 2 of a 3 year project which will lead to publisher research on this subject matter.

We will also support the role of the historic environment in education and learning through developing a framework to support learning activity, including materials based on the historic environment to be used as part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in schools.                           

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland wide

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2nd Commitment

Accessing Scotland’s Historic Environment

To further advance our ‘inclusion’ initiative and support the HES Access Policy we will introduce changes to our Education Visits Policy to better support young people from SEBD (social, emotional and behavioural difficulties) schools or schools in areas low on Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation to visit and interact with Scotland’s historic environment.       

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland wide

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3rd Commitment

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland will explore what intangible cultural heritage means for Scotland, both at a local and national level and develop a HES policy statement on our role in relation to intangible cultural heritage, with a view to working with museums and the wider creative sector on a Scotland-wide position.                                     

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland wide

     

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