SCA Chair Dr Janet Brennan has been selected to join the board of a new key national cultural body.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) replaces Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
Its role will be to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
The appointment of the board is a major milestone in the creation of the new public body to lead on the delivery of 'Our Place in Time', Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment.
Dr Brennan is Chair of the Scottish Castles Association and a passionate champion of the historic built environment.
She gives regular lectures on the restoration of Scottish castles and castles at risk. Together with her husband, she restored Barholm Castle in Galloway from a ruinous state in 2003-5.
Her book, Scotland’s Castles, Rescued, Rebuilt and Reoccupied, published last July, details the stories of over 100 restored castles.
She said :“I am very honoured and delighted to have been appointed to the HES board and excited about the opportunities it will give us to better understand, protect and value Scotland’s historic environment for all of our citizens and visitors.
"From a personal perspective, I am anxious to represent the values of the Scottish Castles Association, whose main aims are to encourage the protection, conservation, restoration, research and appreciation of Scottish castles.
"My other great interest is, of course, Dumfries and Galloway and I will do my best to ensure that the historic environment in our beautiful region is also understood, valued and protected at a national level.”
Dr Brennan has a broad portfolio of trusteeships in various sectors (arts, heritage, education, tourism) and much experience in successfully managing people, managing change, and working in teams. She is also a Member of the Board of Management at Dumfries and Galloway College.
(Our Place in Time – The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, can be found here.)
Source: Dumfries & Galloway Unlimited
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