Historic Environment Scotland

Jura Consultants were commissioned to undertake an in-depth audit of the interpretation and access provision at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (HONO WHS), supported by stakeholder consultation. The audit covered the four HONO WHS core sites of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe, as well as three key sites in the WHS buffer zone, namely Barnhouse Village, Skaill House and Unstan Chambered Cairn. Other relevant sites such as the Bay of Skaill, Ness of Brodgar, Lochside View, and Orkney Museum were also considered. The audit formed part of an information gathering phase for a wider project to develop an Interpretation and Access Strategy for HONO WHS. The study involved review of documents, from which project-specific assessment criteria were developed in addition to good practice, and a desk assessment of the online provision for HONO WHS, which took account particularly of support for planning a visit and pre-and post-visit engagement. Extended site visits formed the core part of the study; these were followed up with consultation with key institutional stakeholders that are involved in the management of the HONO WHS. The study provided an objective assessment of the existing infrastructure with particular regard to the WHS as an entity, and made recommendations for areas of focus for future work, including specific needs for targeted research and opportunities to connect existing or planned provision. A separate study provided an inventory of all learning provision relating to the HONO WHS.