New measures introduced to manage the impact of climate change on Scotland’s national heritage sites

St Andrews Cathedral. Image: Andy Hawkins via wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
St Andrews Cathedral. Image: Andy Hawkins via wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has implemented a new approach at over 200 historic sites to understand the impact of climate change upon physical heritage. From January, sites across the country may be closed or have restricted access whilst hands-on surveys are carried out to understand the extent of deterioration, as well as out of safety concerns for visitors.

“Our routine inspections are increasingly revealing the deterioration of building fabric at high level.” Dr David Mitchell, director of conservation at HES, said.

Heritage fabric is often at high risk from natural processes, and HES believes that climate change is only accelerating the damage.

Read the full statement from Historic Environment Scotland here, as well as a list of sites affected by the new measures.

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