heritage organisations

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 Aberdeen City Heritage Trust


Aberdeen City Heritage Trust’s vision is that Aberdeen’s historic environment will be better understood, conserved, used and celebrated.

It does this by supporting training and education events and making available discretionary grants for the repair of the historic environment.

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust was incorporated on 12 August 2004 as a company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity. The Trust is autonomous, operating with a Board of ten Directors which steers the direction of the Trust and oversees its work.

  The trust offers a limited number of discretionary grants for the external repair of historic buildings in Aberdeen's conservation areas.
Traditional Building Repair and Maintenance
  Aberdeen City Heritage Trust can contribute to a better understanding of our historic built environment. Better understanding brings with it better appreciation and care.
Teaching and Learning
  The Trust continues to be engaged in a range of activities to support learning and care of Aberdeen’s historic built environment. It regularly supports training events for homeowners and professionals, has supported development of curriculum for schools and contributed to presentations to a wide range of bodies including primary and secondary schools, discussion groups, residents associations, universities, business and professional groups, local and national government and the wider public.

Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

  The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland is concerned with the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scotland’s buildings. There are about 1000 members throughout Scotland and beyond, and six regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework.


The Cockburn Association Edinburgh Civic Trust

  The Cockburn Association is a 140 year old Scottish Charity (SC011544) which works to promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh's landscape and historic and architectural heritage, and encourage high quality contemporary design for buildings that blend with and enhance their surroundings.


Edinburgh World Heritage


Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity funded by charitable donations, the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland, with the role of protecting, conserving and promoting the World Heritage Site. It was created in 1999 by a merger of the Old Town Renewal Trust and the New Town Conservation Committee.

The aims of Edinburgh World Heritage are to:

  • Champion and represent the World Heritage Site and to monitor its state of conservation as required by UNESCO.
  • Co-ordinate action, through the Management Plan, to protect and enhance the outstanding universal values of the World Heritage Site and to promote its harmonious adaptation to the needs of contemporary life.
  • Conserve and enhance the historic fabric and historic environment of the World Heritage Site through a programme of financial assistance.
  • Be exemplars in the field of conservation by developing and sharing specialist knowledge, setting standards for quality of workmanship, providing advice, promoting research and facilitating the conservation work of individuals and organisations.
  • Build awareness of the World Heritage Site and to engender a sense of custodianship and secure long term support by promoting enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of its value and significance.



FIFE Historic Buildings Trust


Fife Historic Buildings Trust is a local Building Preservation Trust.  It is a company limited by guarantee and has charitable status.  It was formed in 1997, primarily for the purpose of saving and restoring historic buildings in Fife. We work in partnership with Fife Council and with community groups to find new users and funding to give a long-term future to historic buildings at risk.

You can come and stay in one of our buildings, or rent office space. Find out more about our holiday apartments and properties to let here.  Working with Fife Council, we have helped deliver over £30m in historic environment regeneration projects in Fife over 10 years, supporting town centres, businesses, tourism and local communities



Glasgow City Heritage Trust


Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity supported by Glasgow City Council and Historic Scotland.  Established in 2007, we champion the city’s unique architecture and built environment and promote and encourage the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors, now and in the future.

We have publicly accessible headquarters in the historic heart of the Merchant City; pop in to collect leaflets, trails and maps, view our exhibitions, get advice on historic buildings maintenance and grants and come to our talks and workshops!



Historic Scotland


Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers. 



National Trust for Scotland


The National Trust for Scotland is an independent charity set up in 1931 for the preservation and conservation of natural and human heritage that is significant to Scotland and the world.

The Trust has gone on to become Scotland's largest membership organisation and a leader in conserving and promoting the nation's treasured places and collections so that they can be enjoyed by present and future generations.

The properties we care for straddle a timeframe that stretches from the earliest geological processes to the Mesolithic and on into the 20th century.  We have a presence in every corner of Scotland; from the most northerly tip of Shetland to the south coast of Dumfries and Galloway; from the eastern shore of the country at St Abb’s Head to the most westerly islands of St Kilda in the Atlantic Ocean, 64 kilometres from the nearest landfall.

National Trust for Scotland education and learning activities



New Glasgow Society

  The New Glasgow Society (NGS) is a civic society promoting, protecting and raising interest in the City of Glasgow, through campaigning, discussion, projects, talks and exhibitions. The NGS promotes, encourages and stimulates public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of the city of Glasgow and its surroundings.


Scotland's Churches Trust


The website of Scotland's Churches Trust opens the door to Scotland's story by exploring living traditions of faith across the country. The site is a starting point to access information on Scotland's churches of all denominations and a starting point for your special journeys. You can be assured of a warm welcome when you arrive, not as strangers but as pilgrims and honoured guests. 

The Church Buildings Maintenance in Scotland project is designed to provide learning modules, toolkit modules and resources that will enable you to increase your knowledge of how to maintain your church.

The Maintenance Articles contain articles for study. The Toolkits provide answers to problems generally experienced in maintaining a church and information about the architectural features found in Scottish churches. The Resources provide additional guidance in the downloadable materials, as well as the opportunity to participate in discussion with other people involved in maintaining churches. You could also jumpstart your search by looking at our FAQs or Top Tips.



Scottish Lime Centre Trust

  The Scottish Lime Centre Trust promotes the knowledge and traditional skills required for the conservation, repair and maintenance of the historic built environment. We work nationally and internationally to provide advice, guidance and traditional skills training for anyone dealing with a historic structure, be it an A-listed castle or a garden wall.


Scottish  Liasion Group

  The aim of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group is to enhance availability, promote utilisation and advance knowledge and skills in design, specification and use of indigenous Scottish stone in existing and new build projects.


Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group (SVBWG)


The Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group was founded in 1972 to provide a focus for people interested in traditional Scottish buildings.



Stirling City Heritage Trust


Stirling City Heritage Trust is an independent organisation that seeks to work in partnership in order to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of the architectural, cultural and landscape heritage of Stirling.

The Trust achieves this objective by carrying out and promoting research, providing advice, assistance and distribution of information, co-operating with other organisations and by awarding grants to repair, restore and preserve properties.




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