The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a source of information on archaeology and the historic built environment.

It can tell you about:

  • archaeological sites
  • historic buildings and monuments
  • landscapes
  • battlefields
  • parks and gardens

How to access the Historic Environment Record

Most information from the Historic Environment Record is available on the Know Your Place website.

Data on historic landscape characterisation can be downloaded from the Archaeological Data Service.

If you need further access to the Historic Environment Record, email and include:

  • your name, email address and phone number
  • your site details (grid reference and search radius)
  • the purpose of your search
  • the level of service you have paid for

If you are making a commercial enquiry, you must pay the fee online before emailing us your request.

Document formats

Our Historic Environment Record is available digitally as a CSV or GIS file. Jpeg maps can be provided if requested.

Printed maps and records are not available.


You can pay your Historic Environment Record fee online.

Commercial and large academic searches have charges for the first 2 hours and additional charges after this time. The charges are:

  • priority search: £287.76 and returned in 5 working days
  • standard search: £147.15 and returned in 20 working days
  • search and archaeological advice for water companies and utilities: £287.76

Additional charges apply after the first 2 hours.

Local, academic and personal research are free unless they take a large amount of time to produce.

Countryside Stewardship

We provide information and advice on the historic environment of sites applying for the Countryside Stewardship scheme.

The scheme offers financial incentives for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to look after and improve the environment.

GOV.UK has guidance on how to get funding to protect and improve the land you manage.

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