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We are the lead public body for Scotland's historic environment
March 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

In recognition of the essential restrictions and measures imposed by the Scottish and UK Governments, we have closed all sites, depots and offices as of 24th March.

This follows the closure of all of these buildings - including all ticketed visitor attractions - to members of the public last week.

All HES staff will stay at home now unless specifically requested to support our emergency response or the controlled shutdown of the estate in the coming week.

The safety of our staff, visitors and partners is of paramount importance, and those who are able to will be working from home. This will allow us to continue to implement and manage functions such as our grants programme, the online archive and research.

We will continue to share historic content on our social media channels and will engage with our many partners, stakeholders and visitors virtually until such time it’s deemed safe to reopen our sites.

All planned public events will also be postponed until further notice – full details of these can be found on our Events page in the coming days:

Any visitors with pre-booked tickets to any of our sites or events at our sites will be automatically refunded. Please allow 30 working days for the funds to show on your statement. You will receive an automated email once your refund has been processed.

Any Historic Scotland members with queries regarding their membership should contact our Membership team at

Best Regards

Alex Paterson
Chief Executive
Historic Environment Scotland

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