About Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017


The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology begins on 1 January 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017 and will build on the momentum generated by the current 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014.
Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will highlight and celebrate both our tangible and intangible heritage – our buildings, visitor attractions, archaeological sites as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture, all with a focus on engagement and participation.  
The aims of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology are:


Raise the profile of Scotland, showcasing our distinctive history, heritage and archaeology with a co-ordinated marketing and communications programme.



Encourage and develop opportunities for the celebration of the key themes of the year within the tourism and events sectors.


Participate Inspire the people of Scotland and our visitors to participate in activity developed for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, with particular emphasis on attracting new audiences and spreading engagement across the country.
Collaborate Encourage collaborative working between the sectors represented by Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology themes and wider tourism sector.
Business Engagement Encourage tourism businesses and the wider business community to engage with the year and capitalise on opportunities by developing new products and services, and growing existing business.


The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by partners including:

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