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Historic Environment Record

Historic Environment Record (HER)

HERs are an important starting point for anyone interested in the archaeology, built heritage, and history of an area. They can provide information on a wide variety of buildings and sites, from finds of prehistoric flint tools to medieval castles and Second World War pillboxes.

HERs are a primary source of information for planning, development-control work and land management.

What is a HER

Further guidance about Historic Environment Records can be found on Historic England’s website.

South Gloucestershire’s HER

South Gloucestershire’s HER contains information on all known heritage assets, including archaeological sites, listed buildings, locally listed buildings, scheduled monuments, parks and gardens, battlefields, find spots, historic landscape (terrestrial and marine), extensive urban surveys and archaeological events (such as excavations) and is regularly updated. This information is held in our database with a digital mapping system (Geographic Information System).

Know your place

In order to make the Historic Environment Record more accessible, South Gloucestershire Council and neighbouring authorities have created a website that allows you to explore your neighbourhood through historic maps, images and linked information. Know Your Place is about learning and sharing information about historic South Gloucestershire. Know Your Place allows:

  • wider access to South Gloucestershire’s historic maps
  • access to South Gloucestershire’s historic environment record
  • you to share your own information and images about South Gloucestershire and tell us what you think is important about the heritage of the area.
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