Community culture, arts and heritage

Digital Adoption Investment Scheme

2017 is being celebrated as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, a year to enjoy and promote Scotland’s unique historical past.

The Highlands and Islands are rich in history, heritage and archaeology. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology creates the opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the region’s greatest assets and icons, as well as its hidden gems.

As part of the celebrations, Highlands and Islands Enterprise is supporting a new one-off 2017 Digital Adoption Investment Scheme, aimed at supporting HIE account managed social enterprises operating in the cultural heritage sector.

Our industry experts advise that the use of cutting edge digital technologies is increasingly being applied in new innovative ways within the cultural heritage sector.

These technologies range from digitalisation of content, 3D printing for exhibiting collections, supporting new ideas in museum interpretation with the use of interactive technology - namely augmented and virtual reality, to name a few. The evolving digital sphere is also broadening opportunities for remote participation in cultural heritage, providing a complementary experience to the physical visit.

The rapid rise in new digital platforms to exhibit heritage collections is leading to the development of new business models and ways of working across the heritage sector.

Support available

Below is information about other areas of digital support available to social enterprises operating in the heritage sector.


Digital Tourism Scotland

Digital Tourism Scotland (DTS) supports top class industry experts to deliver a programme of specialist events and workshops across Scotland. The project’s aim is to help tourism businesses get the most out of digital technology; offer guidance on what channels will work best; and to give advice on creating great online customer experiences.

Whether you’re still a beginner or more experienced in using digital channels, DTS can offer events which suit your skill levels. As part of the approach, help is provided to explore opportunities to collaborate with other companies to find the most effective ways to promote your business and area.

For more information, download the HIE Digital Tourism Scotland brochure here:

HIE Digital Tourism Scotland brochure


Tourism Webinar Programme (Tune into Tourism Expertise)

HIE’s popular tourism webinars are enjoyed by thousands of tourism businesses every year. Every session is intended to be lively, fun and interactive and designed for anyone involved in tourism in Scotland, including community groups and tourism-related businesses, who are looking for inspiration and new ways to make the most of all things digital and other market opportunities.

Register for Tune into Tourism Webinars


Creative Industries Team

HIE’s Creative Industries Team provides specialist advice on digital technologies offering bespoke help for creative businesses and social enterprises.

For more information contact our Head of Creative Industries, Iain Hamilton

More about HIE's Creative Industries Team

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