Scoping Scottish Sporting Heritage

Over the last couple of years, Sporting Heritage have been working hard to develop a clear strategy to support sporting heritage activity in Scotland. Part of this was the creation of an active network of individuals and organisations with an interest in furthering this activity.

This has resulted in the Scotland Development Pilot Programme, which runs from January to April 2021.

The project aims to better understand:

  • the number, type and location of sporting heritage collections across Scotland.
  • the opportunities and threats to collections in Scotland and how these may be addressed to protect and share heritage in future
  • the position of the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and relationship of this programme with wider policy directives and local priorities

There are a number of outputs, including:

  • More and better data about sporting heritage collections in Scotland, in addition to the existing SH list of collections.
  • A risks and opportunities analysis
  • A collections gap and opportunities analysis
  • A 2-year strategy supported by a work plan
  • Good practice case studies
  • Recommendations for strategic support partners
  • Recommendations for further funding opportunities
  • Recommendation for ongoing governance and control post-project

As part of this work we are encouraging anyone in Scotland who manages a sporting heritage collection to complete the scoping survey at You can read more about the survey in the Participant Information Sheet (Available to download below).

We are also encouraging anyone who would like to be involved in the development of the strategy and work plan to join the Scottish Network meetings where they will be given the opportunity to contribute.

For more information, please contact


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