Mission Statement

The aim of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group is to enhance availability, promote utilisation and advance knowledge and skills in design, specification and use of indigenous Scottish stone in existing and new build projects.

NEWSLETTER

Natural Stone Institute

Issue No. 11 Summer 2005

NSI To hold its 4th AGM

The NSI will be holding its 4th AGM on Thursday 15th September 2005 at 5.30pm (coffee available from 5pm). The event will be held at the Royal Overseas League, Princes Street, Edinburgh.

In addition to the formal meeting there will be a talk by Dennis Urquhart and Dr Ewan Hyslop of BGS, about the SSLG Glasgow Project. The Project was officially launched on the 19th November and it captured the interests of BBC TV Reporting Scotland, Good Morning Scotland and BBC TV Scottish News.

The talk will cover the aims of the project - to determine the skill level of the current workforce and assess the “health” of that built heritage in order to determine the skills that will be required in the future. It will also look at the techniques employed to assess the condition of Glasgow’s building stock.

The talk will commence at 5.30pm with a buffet to follow. Tickets are priced at £15 (including buffet and coffee on arrival) with NSI members attending for free.

Scotland’s New Audit of the historic environment

The Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS) welcomes the decision by Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, to introduce a heritage audit. The Minister’s announcement follows the submission of a Report by HEACS which recommended the need for an audit and outlined a programme of action.

HEACS, established by Scottish Ministers in 2003 as an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body to provide informed and independent advice on issues affecting the historic environment, expects that instituting an audit process will address the absence of fundamental data within the Historic Environment sector, that the human and financial resources which are available will be used more cost effectively and that decisions within the sector will become more co-ordinated, open and transparent.

HEACS anticipates that the audit process will become mainstreamed into heritage sector operations and looks forward to the production of an Annual Report on the State of the Scottish Historic Environment.

The Minister has commissioned Historic Scotland to coordinate the heritage audit which will include the creation of a dedicated website and production of a regular ‘State of the Historic Environment Report.’

Heritage counts

In England, the production of the third annual report on the state of the historic environment, Heritage Counts 2005, is well underway and will be published on 16th November 2005. This year the main theme for the national report is rural heritage.

A key headline will be the importance of the historic environment to the beauty and character of rural landscapes and the need for proper joined-up policy making in managing change sensitively.