Historic Environment Scotland (HES) recently worked with SUSE and Apt and it is encouraging to see them to continue to strive to improve the diversity of their sector’s workforce.

HES along with Glasgow Disability Alliance are holding focus groups on barriers to working in the historic environment sector and they want to hear from Deaf and disabled people and those living with long-term conditions working in the historic environment sector.

HES have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a project exploring how to improve access to the sector’s workforce. They want to speak with people who have experience of work-based learning in the heritage sector to help us understand what practices are excluding people from the sector’s workforce in Scotland and how we can change these, so the sector is inclusive and reflective of the diverse communities it works with. We’re also interested in what is working well and looking for examples of good practice we can share across the sector.

The session will be held online on Monday 22 and/or Thursday 24 April from 5pm to 7:30pm. The focus group will be facilitated by Marianne Scobie, Depute CEO of Glasgow Disability Alliance. Marianne is a disabled person herself and keen to make the session as inclusive and participative as possible, so they would like you to let them know if you have any specific access needs.


You will compensated for your time and participation in the project with an Amazon voucher and any information you share during these focus groups will be anonymised.

To learn more, book a spot on the focus group or share your experience, email Mar Roigé Oliver (mar.roigeoliver@hes.scot) or Marianne Scobie (MarianneScobie@gdaonline.co.uk).”