On 4 March Scottish Government published Our Place in Time - The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland. The strategy, which is welcomed by IfA in letters a foot tall on the inside front cover, sets out a direction and vision, and the ways in which Scotland’s historic environment will be managed to deliver real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people. The development of the strategy was a collaborative exercise by many players in the Scottish heritage world, and so will its implementation be. IfA is already engaged in one of the working groups to that end.
Simultaneously, Scottish Government has published the bill to merge Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission. IfA has lobbied hard on this issue and will be working through a taskforce organised by Built Environment Forum Scotland as the Bill moves through the Parliamentary process.