Published: 08/03/2018 08:55 - Updated: 06/03/2018 12:05

Forres will get share of £12m heritage investment

Dallas DhuTWO local heritage sites could be in line for investment as part of a national programme.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced a £12 million package to run until 2021/22 for some of Scotland’s most iconic historic sites, including Dallas Dhu Distillery and Sueno’s Stone.

A HES spokesman was unable to confirm anything at the moment regarding the later but admitted discussions have taken place with a number of organisations regarding the future of Dallas Dhu.

He added: “These have been constructive as we work to develop a plan for the future of the site.

“Due to commercial sensitivities, we are unable to provide further detail at this time, but hope to be able to be able to do so in due course.”

HES aim to enhance the condition of sites around the country and improve the experience of visitors. Significant investment was made over the last year including conservation projects, upgrade of heating, toilets and lighting systems, installation of CCTV, improvements to interpretation materials and development of virtual reality experiences.

HES also plans to invest in the further digitisation of its archives, including the photography collection from the former Countryside Commission for Scotland of Rural Buildings from the 1970s.

Plans also highlight the organisation’s increasing use of cutting edge, technology to conserve and manage its assets and estate, including the use of digital applications in areas such as research and surveying, and how it mitigates climate change impacts across its estate.

Welcoming the new developments, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“I am now pleased to see this plan for investment in our historic environment, and the infrastructure supporting Historic Environment Scotland’s wider visitor offer, which offers such a strong return for our economy, directly generating £528 million in 2017, and supporting an estimated 15,300 full time jobs in Scotland.”

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