Agricultural and Industrial Buildings
Conservation and Restoration Advice
Conservation Bodies by Area
Local Planning Authorities
Other Building Types
Other Buildings at Risk Registers
The General Built Environment
The Natural Environment, Gardens, and Designed Landscapes
Association for Industrial Archaeology
Promotes the recording, research, preservation, and presentation of the UK's industrial heritage
Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group
Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group 2
International working party for the documentation and conservation of buildings in the Modern Movement style.
Twentieth Century Society
Campaigns to safeguard quality architecture and design in all styles current since 1914.
British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association
Maintains an online register of specialist contractors in the eradication of damp, rot, and woodworm.
Building Conservation Directory
Extensive and comprehensive portal for building conservation issues, including features, articles, and a directory of organisations and services.
Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Professional body for UK conservators, setting standards in conservation practice, promoting training, and lobbying on conservation issues.
Listed Property Owners' Club
Provides information and advice for owners of listed properties.
National Maintenance Week
Initiative of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, providing advice, activities, and events on the good maintenance and management of buildings.
Planning Aid for Scotland
Charity providing information and advice on all aspects of planning regulations and building control.
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Professional body for architects in Scotland, with an online register of architects.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland
Professional body for Chartered Surveyors in Scotland.
Scottish Lime Centre Trust
Provides expertise and advice on the conservation and repair of traditional masonry, particularly lime finishes
Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society
Campaigns for the study, protection, and preservation of architectural tiles and ceramics.
UK Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Maintains the national register of conservation practices throughout the UK.
Aberdeen City Heritage Trust
Aberdeen City Heritage Trust was launched by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport in July 2004 and incorporated on 12 August 2004 as a company limited by guarantee. The Trust’s vision is that Aberdeen’s historic environment will be better understood, conserved, used and celebrated.
Association of Preservation Trusts
Membership body representing some 180 Building Preservation Trusts throughout the UK. The Association offers practical advice and support on establishing a BPT, and undertaking a building restoration programme.
Edinburgh's Civic Trust - works to promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh’s landscape and historic and architectural heritage and encourages high quality contemporary design for buildings that blend with and enhance their surroundings.
Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity funded by charitable donations, the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland, with the role of protecting, conserving and promoting the World Heritage Site.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust was established in 1982 to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings of architectural merit which through neglect or abuse may otherwise be lost in Glasgow and the surrounding area. The Trust makes a major contribution to Glasgow's regeneration through the preservation of its built heritage and organises the annual Doors Open Days event in Glasgow.
Glasgow City Heritage Trust
Glasgow City Heritage Trust champions the city’s unique architecture and built environment. The Trust promotes and encourages the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors, now and in the future.
Highland Historic Buildings Trust
The Highland Buildings Preservation Trust (HBPT) was established in 1985 by the former Highland Regional Council. HBPT operates as a "restorer of last resort". It tackles historic buildings that are at risk, and which are beyond the capability of the private sector, normally because the cost of repair is significantly higher than the end value. Such projects are therefore dependent on higher levels of public funding, usually from a number of sources. Each project is tackled on a revolving fund basis, whereby the receipts from the sale of the property are ploughed back into future projects. HBPT is a non-profit making organisation
Inverness City Heritage Trust
The Trust works to promote and encourage, either on its own or in conjunction with others, the conservation, protection and enhancement of the historic, architectural and landscape heritage within Inverness and its environs by any means all for the benefit of the general public now and in the future.
The Landmark Trust was established to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and their surroundings from neglect and, when restored, to give them new life by letting them as places to experience for holidays.
Mountain Bothies Association
Maintains and repairs remote shelters for the enjoyment of hill walkers, climbers, and cyclists.
North East Scotland Preservation Trust
The North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) works to repair, restore and bring back into use redundant historic buildings that cannot be restored by conventional means. It works throughout Aberdeenshire. The Trust also manages the Aberdeenshire Conservation Recycle Store at Mintlaw that provides reclaimed and recycled building materials to those carrying out work on historic buildings.
Orkney Heritage Society
Works to stimulate public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of Orkney; encourages the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest and encourages high standards of architecture and planning in Orkney.
Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust
The Trust is a partnership between The Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Council and Perth Civic Trust with the objective of conserving, enhancing and promoting the historic environment of Perth and Kinross.
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is a charitable organisation founded in 1985 to preserve, for the benefit of Scotland, buildings of historical, architectural, constructional, national or local interest SHBT operates as a revolving fund building preservation trust (BPT) and considers projects throughout Scotland. As a revolving fund trust, any surplus generated by one project goes to help seed fund the next project. Generally projects are brought to us through our Trustees, the community, local planners or conservation officers or specialist interest groups who wish to save the building from dereliction or demolition.
Shetland Amenity Trust
The Trust works towards promoting environmental awareness, protecting architectural heritage, preserving woodlands and creating biological recordings.
Stirling City Heritage Trust
The Trust is an independent organisation that seeks to work in partnership in order to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of the architectural, cultural and landscape heritage of Stirling.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s projects enable under-used or redundant buildings to perform a new function, unlocking a regeneration of the wider community.
The Vivat Trust was established in 1981 and was the first to be granted permission by the Charity Commissioners to acquire properties on a leasehold basis, as opposed to securing freeholds. This has enabled the Trust to restore important properties whose owners cannot, or will not, grant a freehold. Once the buildings have been repaired and converted they are let out as distinctive and luxurious holiday accommodation.
Church Monuments Society
Promotes the study and conservation of church monuments.
Church of Scotland
Searchable online register of former Church of Scotland properties that are available for purchase.
Council for the Care of Churches
Comprehensive advice on maintaining church buildings, including guidance on fundraising, security, insurance, and restoration programmes.
Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association
Promotes high standards in the design and repair of ecclesiastical buildings of all types.
Friends of Friendless Churches
Campaigns to save disused places of worship from destruction or demolition.
Works to increase public awareness and activism in the preservation, protection, and restoration of endangered and forgotten cemeteries.
Scottish Redundant Churches Trust
Acquires and conserves redundant churches throughout Scotland.
Comprehensive and authoritative database of free standing and architectural sculpture of all periods in Glasgow.
National Archives of Scotland
Houses many collections relevant to the research of buildings and their history, including the Register of Sasines and the Register of Deeds. A factsheet on collections relevant to the research of buildings is available from the homepage.
National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland holds books, manuscripts and maps covering every subject. A number of the holdings have been digitised and are available on-line, including a number of maps from across Scotland.
Registers of Scotland
Government Agency responsible for Scotland's land and property registers. Property ownership searches are available for a small fee, via on-line request forms or though the Customer Service Centres in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
RCAHMS is responsible for recording, interpreting and collecting information about the built environment. This information, which relates to buildings, sites, and ancient monuments of archaeological, architectural and historical interest (including maritime sites and underwater constructions) is available to the public through a number of freely searchable databases.
Scottish Archive Network
Aims to revolutionise access to Scotland's archives by providing a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than fifty Scottish archives.
The Glasgow Story
The story of Glasgow is told with introductions to six historical periods with links to subjects or images of Glasgow history. The site also provides digitised, searchable access to the Valuation Rolls of 1913-4 on Glasgow properties.
Digitised, searchable archive of images of Glasgow streets and building from the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.
Architecture and Design Scotland
Scotland's national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment.
Government agency charged with safeguarding Scotland's built heritage and promoting its understanding and enjoyment. In particular, Historic Scotland is charged with the listing of buildings, the scheduling of monuments and maintains a number of properties under its care.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Government agency charged with safeguarding and enhancing Scotland's natural environment, promoting its sustainable enjoyment, fostering its understanding and awareness, and improving the natural environment around towns and cities. The agency jointly produces the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland with Historic Scotland.
Aberdeen City Council
Argyll and Bute
Cairngorms National Park Authority
City of Edinburgh
Dumfries and Galloway
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian / East Renfrewshire Council
Glasgow City Council
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Orkney Islands Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Scottish Borders Council
Shetland Islands Council
The Highland Council
The Moray Council
Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust
Established to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of Scotland's rich architectural heritage and to restore or conserve where possible
Friends of War Memorials
Publicises neglected war memorials and promotes their preservation and protection.
Northern Lighthouse Board
Contains a browsable directory of lighthouses maintained by the Board.
Part of the Heritage at Risk programme, aims to provides a dynamic picture of the health of England’s built heritage alongside advice on how best to save those sites most at risk of being lost forever. Includes Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings across England along with Grade II buildings in London.
A register of the most under threat twentieth century buildings across Britain, compiled by the Twentieth Century Society.
SAVE Britain‘s Heritage
The Buildings at Risk Register for Grade II listed properties in England and Wales, excluding London. The Register is searchable online via subscription
Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
The Buildings at Risk Register for Northern Ireland. The Register is fully searchable online.
Campaign for Real Ale
Maintains the National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Heritage Interest.
Cinema Theatre Association
Campaigns for the preservation and re-use of cinemas, theatres, and music halls from the Twenties and Thirties.
National Piers Society
Promotes the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers.
Catalogues and records Scotland's surviving cinemas and hosts the Scottish Cinemas Database.
Promotes the better protection of theatres across the UK, and provides information on their architecture and design.
Ancient Monuments Society
Dedicated to the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine craftsmanship.
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
Dedicated to the protection, preservation, study, and appreciation of Scottish architecture.
Founded in 1875, works to promote the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh’s landscape and historic and architectural heritage.
Historic Houses Association
Represents the interests of historic houses, castles, and gardens in private ownership throughout the UK.
International Council on Monuments and Sites
International NGO of conservation professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. The Council establishes best practice in conservation policy, and has responsibility for the UK's 15 World Heritage Sites.
National Trust for Scotland
Protects and promotes Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations by holding properties in trust for the nation.
Scottish Civic Trust
The national body for the civic movement in Scotland. It engages proactively with local civic groups across Scotland and regularly comments and campaigns for the improvement of Scotland's individual buildings and areas of distinction.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Campaigns to save historic buildings from decay, demolition or damage, and encourages excellence in new design in order to enrich and complement the historic environment. The Society publishes a quarterly list of historic buildings that are in need of restoration and conversion and are available for purchase.
World Monuments Fund
The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the foremost private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world. Every two years, WMF issues its World Monuments Watchlist of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a global call to action on behalf of sites in need of immediate intervention.
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
Formed in 1926, the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) works to protect Scotland's world renowned landscape and the amenity of the countryside. It is Scotland's longest established independent environmental organisation.
Garden History Society
Promotes the record and study of historic gardens, parks, and designed landscapes, and advises on their protection, conservation and restoration.
Historic Gardens Foundation
Promotes the greater awareness of historic parks and gardens, their public appreciation, and the forging of links between those involved in their care and restoration.
Landscape Design Trust
Promotes the understanding and appreciation of landscape design, use, management, and protection.
The national mapping agency of the UK. Maps by postcode are available through the Get-a-Map service via the homepage
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