Last updated: 21/11/2013
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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.
The Historic Environment is all the physical evidence for past
human activity, as well as its associations that we can see,
understand and feel today. This includes archaeology (sites and
monuments), built heritage (historic buildings and settlements) and
historic landscapes. Cornwall and Scilly has a rich and
diverse historic environment which ranges from prehistoric sites,
medieval buildings and historic mine sites to recent military
The varied work of the Historic Environment teams in Cornwall is
brought together in an Historic Environment White Paper, which sets
out the Council’s aims and objectives for the next five
years. View the
Historic Environment White Paper here
The Historic Environment Service provides the following
- Manages and runs the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment
- Provides advice and consultation on archaeology and historic
buildings through development control and strategic planning
- Provides a countryside advice service to landowners and others
on the management of the rural historic environment through
- Gives advice to all on the significance of the historic
environment and how it might best be managed and conserved;
- Carries out a range of projects and fieldwork through its
project team, including assessment, evaluation, survey, excavation
- Produces a range of popular and academic publications.
Please note that the Historic Environment service has relocated
to the Fal Building, New County Hall, Truro.
All telephone numbers and email addresses for staff and general
enquiries remain the same.
Please be advised that while the documents and links found in our
web-pages as follow are in the process of being updated some may
temporarily still be showing the old address.
Registered as an archaeological organisation with the
of Field Archaeologists.
To find out more please contact the Historic Environment Service
using the details on the right hand side of this page.