The award-winning SCAPE Trust is a Registered Charity and a Company established in 2001. We work with the public on the archaeology, history and past environments of the coastal zone of Scotland. We define the archaeology of the coastal zone as sites and historic landscapes that have a proximity to, or relationship with, the coast. We are particularly interested in remains threatened by coastal erosion.
We value the contribution that local communities bring to heritage projects and champion volunteering in our projects. Local volunteering is at the heart of our projects to research, rescue, interpret and highlight the heritage of Scotland’s coast.
The outcome of our work informs policy, provides evidence for good management, guides research and provides learning and interpretation resources. SCAPE is nationally recognised for our expertise in the heritage of coastal environments and internationally renowned for using innovative approaches to public involvement in the stewardship of heritage impacted by coastal processes.
SCAPE’s activities are supported by the University of St Andrews and Historic Environment Scotland. The Heritage Lottery Fund, Local Authorities and the Crown Estate have also been important project funders. SCAPE is managed by a distinguished Board of Directors which includes field and maritime archaeologists, specialists in coastal geomorphology, historians, built heritage managers and scientists.