The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (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 then made freely available to the public. The Commission's Council for Scottish Archaeology has created Scotland's Historic Graveyards Questionnaire and is asking for your input.
Quoting from the Commission's web site:
We are interested in your views and priorities for graveyard conservation, management and recording, as well as your experiences of visiting sites. We aim to use this information to help design a new national graveyard project to continue and enhance the work of the Carved Stones Adviser Project. An application for funding will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the summer of 2005 and we hope to launch the new Scotland’s Historic Graveyards Project in April 2006. We have developed this questionnaire to help identify the key areas for us to tackle in this expanded project and to enable us to deliver the best package we can.
By taking a few moments to answer these questions you will ensure that your views are heard along with those from conservation professionals, cemetery managers, archaeologists, family history societies, local history societies and other heritage groups. The results of this survey will be published online at www.scottishgraveyards.org.uk. This is a real opportunity to highlight any issues that you feel may be beneficial for those involved with graveyard management and conservation to take on board; as the results will be fed to statutory bodies such as Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) as well as to local authority cemetery managers.
You can fill out the questionnaire at http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/csaq.html