Scotland's 2017 year of history, heritage and archaeology

The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have designated 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

The year-long festival will celebrate the richness of Scotland’s history, cultural heritage and archaeology through a variety of events. The initiative is the latest of VisitScotland’s ‘Themed Years’ following the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland are expected to feature prominently in the 2017 celebrations.

The International Council on Monuments and States (ICOMOS-UK) is also holding its annual World Heritage Day on 18 April 2017 to promote Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites, while New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site has launched a video and provided information on its plans for the year. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland have also organised a year-long programme of events to celebrate Scotland’s past through songs, arts, performance, excavations, festivals and storytelling. More information can be found on the Dig It! 2017 website.

If you are interested in promoting your UNESCO designation as part of the festival, VisitScotland has launched a useful Toolkit and information on how you can join as a Partner Programme. The Heritage Lottery Fund is also offering grants through its Stories, Stones and Bones programme for participating organisations. The programme offers grant funding of £3,000 to £10,000 for projects that engage a new and wider range of people.

More information can be found on the VisitScotland website. You can also join the conversation using the #HHA2017 hashtag.