An Investigation into the Funding of Scottish Listed Buildings: Comparing the Financial Benefits of Tourism and Hosting Events in Historical Properties
(2015) An Investigation into the Funding of Scottish Listed Buildings: Comparing the Financial Benefits of Tourism and Hosting Events in Historical Properties, no. 71.
Scottish listed buildings have a variety of benefits for the country; whether it is through input to the economy or creating a destination image and national identity, their importance is evident. As there are in place a number of regulations to preserve these buildings the cost and time factors implicated with their maintenance and conservation can prove prohibitive. The researcher identified the need for a study into the most beneficial way of supporting the maintenance of these buildings; in particular through the use of tourism and hosting events. This would analyse the benefit and constraints of both income streams and evaluate which would be most constructive over a variety of properties. The aim of the research was to investigate how Scottish listed buildings currently make an income and establish whether events are a viable option to conserve and maintain historic buildings economically. Three objectives were developed to ensure this was answered, they were : • to investigate and present grants and funds currently available to Scottish listed buildings, • conduct an investigation with regard to how Scottish listed buildings currently fund themselves, • to identify the benefits of events and tourism as avenues for income to present as a comparison which is most profitable for listed buildings. After evaluating possible research designs it was concluded that a qualitative approach was to be taken in the form of semi-structured interviews. These were conducted with either proprietors or managers of Scottish listed buildings to gain an insight to their perspectives and attitudes on both events and tourism. The data collected through the interviews was then correlated to the literature to identify any recurring themes. One of the most significant themes was the use of listed buildings as a motivation for events and tourism, which was highlighted through both the literature review and the findings. Secondly the limitations placed on listed buildings were highlighted and in addition to this the lack of funding they received from governing bodies. The way in which Scottish listed buildings are currently fund themselves was examined which also presented a number of unsuccessful income streams. Lastly a comparison was made between the benefits of both hosting events and tourism to surmise how each would be applicable to a range of buildings and circumstances. This demonstrated the advantages and restrictions each different property had in developing into either avenue and highlighted that an ultimate solution to whether events or tourism was the most successful was unlikely.