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 Disney Work? Case studies Heritage for All
A Place for Learning? The options for the Trust Video Package Your views 

The accessibility of our heritage is a core part of the Trust’s reason for existing. It is therefore right and proper that this strand is central to our thinking as the Trust looks to its long-term future.

Many of the choices come down to fundraising and investment and the degree to which Members would be prepared to see their fees and donations turned towards interpretive and education purposes, against a continuing, difficult backdrop for public sector funding.

This page brings together possible options the Trust might consider under the different elements of making heritage accessible as covered in this theme of the debate.  Your comments on these options and issues, and any others you might propose, are welcome and can be returned via the Your Views survey page.

Accessibility through interpretation

•    Like the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, NTS could promote more accessible and active properties through events, re-enactments and so forth

•    More investment in events and interpretive materials aimed specifically at family audiences

•    More use of emerging and current technology for interpretation, with a particular emphasis on ‘non-obtrusive’ types

•    A deliberate scaling back of technological and stand-alone interpretive material in favour of ‘storytelling’

•    A presumption against creation of visitor and orientation centres in favour of ‘raw’ heritage

•    A ‘horses for courses’ approach to developing such centres if they are shown to be useful in the property’s context or may relieve pressure on natural habitats for example

Widening Involvement in our Heritage

•    Creating a range of affordable memberships for people on lower incomes

•    More marketing and promotion which emphasises the existing cost-effectiveness of Trust membership

•    Creating more opportunities for ‘remote viewing’ of properties and taking collections out on tour

•    A more representative Board of Trustees through age quotas for example

•    More emphasis on key properties becoming centres for lifelong learning, including vocational skills.

•    Re-casting of property interpretation to emphasise local stories and the history of the common folk

A Place for Learning?

•    More fundraising and investment dedicated to the Trust’s educational programmes

•    Lobbying the Scottish Government to make more use of (and fund) educational access to heritage properties

•    Scaling back the efforts the Trust puts into developing materials for schools and colleges if the Scottish Government or education authorities will not fund these

•    Greater investment in outdoor learning – again by inviting Members and donors to see their contributions used for this type of work as well as mainstream conservation.