Introduction   Overview   The shape of the debate   Themes Theme 1 - A National Heritage Collection Theme 2 - Heritage for Communities Theme 3 Making heritage accessible Theme 4 Heritage and Tourism after 2014    
Introduction Connecting with conservation Case study Land Reform
Advocating Community Interests The options for the Trust Video Package Your views 

We asked Neil Baxter, Secretary and Treasurer, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), Lesley Riddoch, Writer and Broadcaster, Peter Peacock, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland and Professor Jim Hunter, Director for the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History and Chairman of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust to offer their opinions on the issues raised in this theme. This is what they told us:

  Neil Baxter Lesley Riddoch Peter Peakcock Jim Hunter    
   What is heritage?  

Is built heritage important to Scotland because of its economic value?


Have we taken heritage for granted and could we better engage with communities and planning authorities?

  Can a heritage building be both functional and a visitor attraction?  
  Can you think of other heritage building that have been made to work for local communities?
  Is members' money well spent by NTS on projects such as Culross?  
  Should more NTS properties become 'community hubs'?  
  How well does the NTS engage with communities?
  Should the NTS intervene in matters outwith its own portfolio of properties?

More views

Dame Jenny Abramsky, the outgoing chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund gives her views on the worth of heritage to ordinary people here >

Jonathan Ruffer, chairman of Ruffer LLP and the Auckland Castle Trust, explains how heritage has the power to change lives here >