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Historic Scotland

- formed 1984, as Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, renamed Historic Scotland in 1990. An Executive Agency within The Scottish Office, (unlike English Heritage, not a Quango) its basic objectives are to safeguard and promote Scotland's built heritage on behalf of the Secretary of State. It does this through the statutory consents system, where it has the final say on consents for changes to category A and B buildings and demolition of category Cís, by offering financial support, by managing over 300 properties, and by undertaking research and encouraging the development of appropriate expertise.