Publications

Read the documents that guide our work, and find out more about our vision and work streams.

Strategic Plan

2019-2024 Strategic Plan:  This plan highlights five key priorities for our work: empowering communities to become more active participants in heritage and the wider built environment, celebrating Scotland’s places and buildings, acknowledging and supporting grassroots contributions to heritage and regeneration, monitoring and commenting on planning issues of national significance and leading thinking and action in improving the diversity of Scotland’s heritage.

Annual Reports

2020-21 Annual Report: Highlights include a national conference about race and heritage in Scotland and the first ever digital Doors Open Days. You can also view the 2020-21 Financial Statements.

2019-20 Annual Report: Highlights include the celebration of Doors Open Days’ 30th anniversary and the publication of a toolkit to help heritage organisations connect with Black and Minority Ethnic groups. You can also view the 2019-20 Financial Statements.

2018-19 Annual Report: Highlights include the launch of our My Place Mentoring programme which provides heritage advice and support to community groups across Scotland and the first of our Heritage Hooley heritage networking events.

2017-18 Annual Report: Highlights include celebrating the work of Scottish heritage volunteers at the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards and supporting the Action for Children Heritage and Inclusion project.

If you’d like a hard copy of our most recent Strategic Plan or Annual Report, please drop us a line at sct@scottishcivictrust.org.uk or give us a call at 0141 221 1466.

Other Strategic Documents

Climate Crisis Response (2020): To better prepare Scottish Civic Trust and our amenity groups to face the Climate Crisis, we prepared a range of sustainable policies and procedures that we will be putting into practice in the coming years.

Strategy to Address Racism Against People of Colour (2020): In response to the Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements of 2020, we drafted a strategy that outlines how we will address colour-based racism.

Action Plan for the Scottish Parliament Election (2021): Ahead of each Scottish Parliament election, we release our actions points for the incoming government. We believe that the new Scottish Government must prioritise planning that benefits all, safeguarding built heritage, homes and environments for well-being and climate change resilience and education that builds civic pride.

 

Our staff regularly contribute to publications and panels to share their wide range of expertise.

Talks

How to engage non-traditional audiences with heritage (2021): Director Susan O’Connor shared her experience with making heritage events more inclusive. Delivered as part of Pollokshields Heritage’s 2021 spring lecture programme.

Empathetic Social Media During a Pandemic (2020): Communications Officer Erin Burke and Digital Content Officer Laura Paton gave tips to the Scottish Heritage Social Media Group on how to meaningfully engage with audiences during a time of crisis.

Identifying, developing and delivering historic building projects (2020): My Place Mentoring Officer Jamie McNamara contributed to a panel of experts to discuss funding, facilitating, mentoring and delivery of heritage projects.

Toolkits

We Are Culture (2020): We collaborated with the National Trust in England to create a toolkit to help European Heritage Days coordinators co-create, deliver and evaluate inclusive events.

Cut, Fold, Build (2020): In order to increase knowledge of the Scottish built environment and provide fun activities for audiences during the COVID-19 lockdowns, we developed and released templates of 11 Scottish buildings that people can print off and assemble at home.

Stone, Sea and Sky (2019): Produced for Doors Open Days 2019’s 30th anniversary celebrations, this toolkit is filled to the brim with ideas for engaging children and young people with the buildings, spaces and places around them.

Research

Exploring LGBTQIA+ Heritage in Scotland (2020): Our Diverse Heritage Officer Jen Novotny and Diverse Heritage Officer maternity cover Nicky Imrie reflect on Scottish Civic Trust’s and Scotland’s Urban Past’s projects to identify and record the Scotland’s queer heritage and explore how individuals think about complex and competing identities.

Sharing Stories (2018): We collaborated with the National Trust in England to research levers, barriers, and enablers to participation in European Heritage days by individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds.