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Historic Environment


The role of the Historic Environment Service is to identify, record, protect, conserve, present and interpret the historic environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


Cornwall has a rich and diverse historic environment formed by the physical evidence of all aspects of human activity from earliest prehistory to the late twentieth century.  It ranges from prehistoric sites, medieval buildings and historic mine sites to recent military remains.

The Historic Environment Service provide the following services:

  • Manage and run the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record;
  • Provide advice and consultation on archaeology and historic buildings through development control and strategic planning policy;
  • Provide a countryside advice service to landowners and others on the management of the rural historic environment through agri-environment schemes;
  • Give advice to all on the significance of the historic environment and how it might best be managed and conserved;
  • Carry out a range of projects and fieldwork through its project team, including assessment, evaluation, survey, excavation and publication;
  • Produce a range of popular and academic publications.

The service is also registered as an archaeological organisation with the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

To find out more about the historic environment please select the relevant link from the menu or contact the Historic Environment Service using the details on the right hand side of this page.

Historic Environment Service

Fal Building,
New County Hall,

0300 1234 202