Historic Environment Scotland

 

Organisation 

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. They lead and enable Scotland’s first historic environment strategy Our Place in Time, which sets out how our historic environment will be managed. It ensures our historic environment is cared for, valued and enhanced, both now and for future generations.

Location 

Edinburgh (partially home-based) (please note assistance may be available for travel and accomodation, contact us at admin@sgsah.ac.uk for more information)

Dates 

Start date Jan/Feb 2021
End date (or must end by) 3 months from start date.

Examples include:

  • Single block of 12 weeks
  • Multiple shorter blocks
  • Longer less intensive engagement, e.g. one day per week, one week per month

Mixture of the above. The structure the project takes can be flexible to suit the researcher/practitioner but should have regular, scheduled check-ins with the mentors.

Project Description

2020 has been a time of change, uncertainty and awakening with events such as a global pandemic, accelerated climate change impact, political upheaval and the Black Lives Matter movement. An imposed lockdown on movement and reliance on digital information/engagement has given rise to increased public consciousness of these events and has also led to an increase in temporary intervention and/or creative reaction throughout our historic built environment – think of rainbows in windows, protest signs and altered street signs to name a few.

This project proposes to work with a lens-based researcher/practitioner on a creative response to 2020.  

Material created during this process and its conclusion will contribute towards Historic Environment Scotland’s National Record of the Historic Environment (NHRE)– forming a permanent archival document of historic times and events, and their distinct impact on our historic environment.

Outputs

The outputs of the project consist of a creative body of work, ideally photography or film based, that addresses and reacts to the impact of current world events on Scotland’s historic environment and contributes to an enhancement our records about this unique point in time.  The form this takes can be flexible and chosen with the researcher, with a body of work and final document/file-based format that should be archivable in the NRHE.

Benefits to the Host

This project aligns with two outcomes identified in Historic Environment Scotland’s Corporate Plan:

  • The historic environment makes a real difference to people’s lives (KPI 1)
  • The historic environment inspires a creative & vibrant Scotland (KPI 7)

Within these two priorities we acknowledge that we will create heritage without boundaries that is accessible and representative of people in Scotland. We also state the importance of ensuring the historic environment remains relevant to the Scotland of today and the Scotland of tomorrow.

This project recognises the significance of the changing landscape this year has produced, and by documenting the responses created by the public we aim to create a broad, inclusive and diverse collection of material that can be used in the future by our successors to explore the long-term impact that the year 2020 had on people’s lives.

We want to encourage more storytelling around heritage and develop connections between the historic environment and the extensive creative communities around Scotland. Working with a researcher from the creative sector will gives us an opportunity to expand the definitions of what we consider as ‘recording’ and start new conversations about the role of heritage in placemaking and its influence on arts practices.

We hope that by working with a creative practitioner we will be able to explore new ways to share our archive material and create new digital outputs that will help us reach audiences that we currently have low engagement with, who perhaps feel less represented by traditional heritage. The work produced during this project will help inform our future methods of recording contemporary heritage, which may benefit from a different approach.

Benefits to the Researcher

The researcher will gain experience of working within a large heritage organisation and access to the diverse range of people we employ. Our organisation has statutory access to most of the historic environment for investigation and documentation purposes. The  researcher will have access to existing historic archive material and the chance of engagement with our investigative and documentary processes when investigating the historic environment.

They will have the flexibility to design and create a body of work that will contribute to the NRHE.

They will gain experience of understanding the values of a National Record, how it changes as our thinking over time develops, and how parallel, creative responses allow greater meaning to be made of record photography – including how their contribution has affected our processes and practices. 

Key Relationships

The researcher will predominantly work with professionals from within our heritage organisation, most closely with an archaeologist and photographer, but also with architectural historians, engagement and learning experts and policy makers.

There may be the opportunity to engage with relevant communities or other bodies who have interests in the subject or individual artists but this is dependent on Government restrictions in place at the time of the internship.

Person Specification

Skills, experience and personal qualities required for this placement:

E

D

Essential/Desirable

E

D

Essential/Desirable

A1 – Knowledge Base

C1 – Professional Conduct

 

Subject Knowledge

 

 

Healthy and Safety

 

 

Research methods – theoretical knowledge

 

Ethnics, principles and sustainability

 

 

Research methods – Practical application

 

 

Legal requirements

 

Information Seeking

 

 

IPR and copyright

 

 

Information literacy and management

 

Respect and confidentiality

 

 

Languages

 

 

Attribution and co-authorship

 

 

Academic literacy and numeracy

 

Appropriate practice

A2 – Cognitive abilities

C2 – Research management

 

 

Analysing

 

 

Research Strategy

 

 

Synthesising

 

Project planning and delivery

 

Critical thinking

 

 

Risk management

 

Evaluating

 

 

 

 

 

Problem Solving

 

 

 

A3 – Creativity

C3 – Finance, funding & resources

 

Inquiring minds

 

 

Income and funding generation

 

 

Intellectual insight

 

 

Financial management

 

Innovation

 

 

Infrastructure and resources

 

 

Argument construction

 

 

 

 

 

Intellectual risk

 

 

 

B1 – Personal qualities

D1 – Working with others

 

Enthusiasm

 

 

Collegiality

 

 

Perseverance

 

Team working

 

 

Integrity

 

 

People management

 

 

Self-confidence

 

 

Supervision

 

Self-reflection

 

 

Mentoring

 

 

Responsibility

 

 

Influence and leadership

 

 

 

 

Collaboration

 

 

 

 

Equality and diversity

B2 – Self management

D2 – Communication & dissemination

 

Preparation and prioritisation

 

Communication methods

 

 

Commitment to research

 

 

Communication media

 

Time management

 

 

Publication

 

 

Responsiveness to change

 

 

 

 

 

Work-life balance

 

 

 

B3 – Professional & career development

D3 – Engagement and impact

 

 

Career management

 

 

Teaching

 

 

Continuing professional development

 

Public Engagement

 

 

Responsiveness to opportunities

 

 

Enterprise

 

 

Networking

 

 

Policy

 

 

Reputation and esteem

 

 

Society and culture

 

 

 

 

 

Global citizenship


First published: 3 August 2018