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Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit

Find out how SHEA reports inform the management of the historic environment.

1 Overview

Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA) is an assessment of our historic environment. Statistics on Scotland’s heritage assets are included as well as details of how these are changing over time.

SHEA reports show in facts and figures that Scotland’s historic environment is a unique asset that attracts millions of visitors each year and generates income and jobs across Scotland.

Reports bring together in one place research and data of real practical use to all those involved in managing the historic environment.

SHEA aims to identify:

  • issues relevant to the health of the historic environment
  • the impact of the resources used to manage and protect it

For example, data is provided on:

  • the number of recorded and protected heritage assets such as ancient monuments, archaeological sites and buildings at risk
  • the condition of these heritage assets
  • funding, management and employment relating to the assets
  • benefits created by the historic environment, including visitor numbers, participation and economic value

SHEA also highlights gaps in our knowledge.

The historic environment sector uses SHEA data to inform decisions on the:

  • management of the historic environment
  • development of policy, strategy, planning and resource allocation

SHEA is an ongoing project led by Historic Environment Scotland. Future audits will help to measure the success our 10-year strategy for Scotland’s historic environment, Our Place in Time.

2 Download SHEA reports

2018 report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2018)

Download the 2018 Summary Infographic [PDF, 1.73MB]
Download the 2018 data [Excel, 75.9KB]

2016 report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2016)

Download the 2016 Summary Report [PDF, 1.73MB]
Download the 2016 Main Report [PDF, 1.82MB]
Download the 2016 Infographic [PDF, 355KB]

2014 report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2014)

Download the 2014 Summary Report [PDF, 532KB]
Download the 2014 Main Report [PDF, 1.38MB]

2012 report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2012)

Download the 2012 Summary Report [PDF, 80KB]
Download the 2012 Main Report [PDF, 209KB]

2010 report: Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA 2010)

Download the 2010 Summary Report [PDF, 306KB]
Download the 2010 Main Report [PDF, 1.7MB]
Listed buildings by listing category by local authority at 31.3.10 [PDF, 29.6KB]
Scheduled monuments by local authority at 31.3.10 [PDF, 18KB]

2008 baseline data tables: Indicators for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit  

Theme A – Identification, designation and condition of the historic environment [PDF, 60KB]
Theme B – Managing and resourcing the historic environment [PDF, 56KB]
Theme C – Benefits of the historic environment [PDF, 86KB]

A review of existing information for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (2007)

The purpose of this report was to gather available information on the state of the historic environment and to identify gaps in this. The main focus of the report is a survey of associated data, which aimed to inform decisions, when setting up the SHEA process, about what baseline data to use. 

Download A Review of existing information for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit [1.73MB]