Historic Environment Scotland


Dr Miles Oglethorpe is President of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), and is also Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the national body responsible for the built heritage in Scotland.

A graduate of Durham University, he completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, subsequently moving to Strathclyde University’s Scottish Industrial Archaeology Survey Unit in 1983.  In 1985 he joined the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh, from where he moved to the Scottish Government heritage agency, Historic Scotland, in 2007. 

He has worked with international partners on industrial heritage, notably in Norway and Japan, and most recently led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge (inscribed in 2015).

He has edited, authored and co-authored a number of books and papers relating to industrial heritage, and energy in particular.  Of these, his book, Scottish Collieries: An Inventory of the Scottish Coal Industry in the Nationalised Era (2006) is the most significant, containing the fruits of many years’ work on Scotland’s coal industry. He also helped establish Capturing the Energy, an initiative established by the University of Aberdeen, Oil & Gas UK, TOTAL and other partners which is attempting to ensure the achievements of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industries are properly recorded and recognised.


TICCIH website: https://ticcih.org/

Historic Environment Scotland website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/