Social Enterprise and the Heritage Sector

Senscot Briefing Heritage

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Published: 29.03.19

Executive Summary

For the past nine years Senscot has been supporting cultural and creative social enterprises through the Cultural and the Tourism Social Enterprise Networks. As part of this work, we have connected with the heritage sector to engage with and support social enterprises involved with culture and heritage.

Communities across Scotland recognise and value both their local and their national heritage and play an important role in its continued conservation, exploration and enjoyment. Opportunities exist to tap into the tourism market, both domestic and international, as well as deliver positive social impacts such as education; tackling social isolation and loneliness; and regeneration.

This Briefing aims to give an overview of the national picture and help to highlight the wide array of organisations operating as social enterprises in the sector.



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Case Studies

Scottish Maritime Museum collects, preserves and presents vessels, engineering and maritime artefacts representing the shipbuilding and seafaring tradition both in Irvine and across the length of Scotland’s coastlines.

Here We Are runs a variety of projects intended to keep the local community self-sustaining, ranging from local exhibitions about local tradition, to long-term renewable energy projects.

Scottish Fisheries Museum comprises of 11 galleries, a research library and an education centre, situated in a series of preserved fishing cottages in the coastal town of Anstruther, Fife.