Historic Environment Scotland Annual Report 2017-18

The third HES Annual Report covers the financial year 2017-18. It highlights the increasing value of heritage to Scotland’s economy and our significant contribution to education, skills and training, community development and more.

The third Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Annual Report covers the financial year 2017-18. The document highlights the increasing value of heritage to Scotland’s economy and the significant contribution the organisation is making to a range of other agendas including education, skills and training and community development.

2017-18 was an exceptional year for Historic Environment Scotland. Building on the success of our first full year of operation in 2016-17, we have continued to develop and grown rapidly into our role as the lead public body 

As managers of the 336 Properties in Care, we have seen record-breaking visitor numbers. During 2017-18, an exceptional year for Scotland’s tourist industry, we received more than 5 million visitors (2016-17: 4.3 million) to our 76 paid attractions. 

During the reporting period, HES welcomed over 5 million visitors to its properties in care - an increase of 12% on the previous year; increased membership numbers to over 172,678 and invested £15.4 million through a grants programme helping fund repairs on hundreds of projects, and stimulate regeneration in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

Published in tandem with the Annual Report 2017-18 is our Annual Report on the upkeep and management of our Properties in Care (PICs) and Sustainability Report.

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