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Chair: Hugh McBrien, West of Scotland Archaeology Service
Vice-Chair. David Strachan, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust
Executive Committee: Julie Gibson, Orkney Islands Council, Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council Archaeological Service;
Treasurer. John Lawson, City of Edinburgh Council Archaeology Service

These pages will provide information on particular issues for the Association relating to Scotland. ALGAO:Scotland is the national ALGAO body for Scotland.

ALGAO Scotland Annual Summaries

Information about the work carried out by ALGAO Scotland members is gathered through an annual survey, the results of which are submitted to Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (SHEA) and Measuring Success. The information from ALGAO Scotland, along with information from other organisations helps to build a picture of the Historic Environment in Scotland. The results from the annual survey for 2016/17 indicate the substantial and wide-ranging body of work carried out by the Local Authority Archaeologists and a snapshot of the impact of some of the work is highlighted in the following info-graphic.

Newsletters & leaflets

ALGAO:Scotland newsletters are available for download below in PDF format.

2013 - ALGAO:Scotland Historic Building Recording Guidelines

ALGAO:Scotland have pulled together the current guidance documents to try to give a measure of consistency across Scotland as to what is required in respect of Historic Building Recording levels. The aim of this guidance is to refine the current guidelines into a more user friendly set of recording levels and to attempt give a greater consistency to the recording of historic structures across Scotland.

This guidance acknowledges and builds upon the Historic Building Recording (HBR) guidelines set out by the RCHME in 1996 and RCAHMS in 1997 with reference to the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) 1997 document Analysis and Recording for the Conservation and Control of Works to Historic Buildings; the Standard and Guidance for the archaeological recording of standing building and structures published by the Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA) in 2001; English Heritage’s 2003 publication Measured and Drawn: Techniques and practice for the metric survey of historic buildings; Historic Scotland’s Guide for Practitioners-Measured Survey and Building Recording (2003), Understanding Historic Buildings: A guide to good recording practice by English Heritage (2006).

2013 - Scotland's Historic Environment Data (SHED) Strategy

The SHED Strategy is a sector-wide initiative to improve access to information about Scotland's historic environment.

The key aim is to work in partnership in order to protect, promote and enhance Scotland's historic environment through coordinated activity to improve the data, and the associated systems and processes.

The partnership includes government agencies, non-government organisations and academic institutions, but also supports the public's involvement in the care and enjoyment of the historic environment through better records. The Strategy is being undertaken under the umbrella of the SMR Forum, which brings together many of the bodies that create and maintain records about Scotland's historic environment.

The Strategy is now available on the SMR Forum Scotland website at

2012 - Human remains conference

Digging up the dead: Current approaches to the excavation, protection and analysis of human remains - 29 November 2012. This one-day conference covered areas of recent work and research across Scotland, looking at how to best utilise new sceintific forensic techniques, the practicalities of dealing with human remains and the work, and future, of the Human Remains Call-off contract.

2010 - ALGAO Battlefields Conference

See below for details on the ALGAO:UK conference Surviving the Peace: Public Access, Conservation and Military Heritage, held on Thursday 30th September, 2010.

2009 - Local Authority Archaeological Liaison Project

This partnership project between RCAHMS, ALGAO:Scotland and HS looked at a range of issues common to both RCAHMS and Local Authority archaeology services. Three reports are available:

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