Friday 10 May 2013
INGRAM WELCOMES FIRST EVER STRATEGY FOR HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT
Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the publication of the first-ever overarching strategy for Scotland’s historic environment by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
The 'historic environment' can be defined as the physical evidence of past human activity. This is widely acknowledged to include the following categories of evidence:
• Archaeological sites and monuments
• Buildings and architecture
• Gardens and designed landscapes, battlefields and other cultural landscapes
• Palaeoenvironmental sites
• Marine and maritime sites
This definition can also include associated evidence:
• Artefacts, especially in situ or otherwise associated with places
• Archives, including maps and other documents, which describe, depict or relate to places and often provide the only surviving evidence for past human activity
Commenting on the strategy Mr Ingram said:
“Until now there has been no overarching strategy for our historic environment. These proposals are intended to ensure Scotland’s historic environment is understood, valued, enjoyed and enhanced - now and in the future.
“The historic environment is central to telling the story of our nation. It is right at the heart of our cultural identity and has a key role in defining Scotland’s place in the world.
“Too often we take the historic environment for granted, or assume it will last forever. In practice, the historic environment needs careful management and a clear sense of direction. It is a precious asset, capable of providing real and increasing benefits to Scotland’s people.
“Our historic environment is not simply stones, bricks and mortar. It is a combination of the tangible and the intangible – from buildings, landscapes and objects, to traditions, stories and memories.
“The Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley area is a very strong historic environment well known worldwide as Burns country as well as it's links with Robert the Bruce to name but a few. I certainly welcome both the recognition of this valuable local asset and it’s protection in the future.”
The 12-week public consultation follows a fundamental review of the Scottish Government’s policy on the historic environment.