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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment: a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection.

Our books tell the stories of Scotland. From landmark works of expert research to creative collaborations with internationally renowned authors, our aim is to explore ideas and start conversations about the past, present and future of our nation’s history and heritage.

Established: 2015 (as RCAHMS, 1908)

Publications: 50

Types of books published: Both general trade and specialised books exploring the history of Scotland, and in particular its architecture, archaeology and industry.

Submission details: We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts

Historic Environment Scotland highlights

Scotland from the Sky by James Crawford

Accompanying a BBC Scotland series, this lavishly illustrated book uses the view from above as a unique window into our past, present and future. It is a story of war, innovation, adventure, cities, landscapes and people. It is the story of Scotland, from the sky.

Bloody Scotland (winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger)

Bloody Scotland (winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger).

Crime fiction inspired by Scotland’s iconic buildings: in Bloody Scotland twelve of Scotland’s best crime writers use the sinister side of the country’s built heritage in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive.

Who Built Scotland: 25 Journeys in Search of a Nation

Who Built Scotland: 25 Journeys in Search of a Nation. Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford travel across the country to tell the story of the nation, unravelling the places, people and passions that have had an enduring impact on the landscape and character of Scotland.

A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith’s Edinburgh

Alexander McCall Smith curates his own distinctive story of Edinburgh – combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland’s national collection of architecture and archaeology.

St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle by Angela Gannon and George Geddes (HES)

This book explodes the myth of St Kilda as a ‘lost world’, demonstrating how, for 3,000 years, it has been connected to and influenced by communities across the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland.

Scotland’s Landscapes: The National Collection of Aerial Photography by James Crawford (HES)

Stunning new imagery from the National Collection of Aerial Photography comes together to build up a picture of a dramatic terrain forged by thousands of years of incredible change. These are Scotland’s landscapes as you have never seen or understood them before.